Originally Posted by eilonwy
I still don't understand. Please explain the standards by which SotW would be considered "the most mature content possible."
As I said my word choice was extreme-though otherwise it is fairly apt. You did add an even younger age--compared to what other posters said. Also, I was refering to a pattern on multiple threads of similar comments on doing things early. I don't wish to discuss other threads further than that.
Originally Posted by eilonwy
You're the one making a big deal about this. Some people do things earlier and some later. Not every child is the same, and not every parent is the same. I don't understand what's so difficult about that. To me, the OP seemed to be asking if SotW would be a fun book for a child who likes to listen to longer stories, but likes to see a picture every now and then:
Actually I was making a pretty small deal about it. My original comment was an extremely brief one, especially for me. I don't give a hoot if we are all the same--that is-- why would I want us to be? I guess it is that I have no idea why anyone would want to choose SOTW for 3yo for history, or why that even comes up in relation to the original question. If we are different and this particular difference makes me
because I really don't understand the gratuitous commentary on potential precocity, or it irritates me more than "average" because I grew up surrounded by adults who were way too interested in my own so-called genius, my high IQ, and my potential, then you can assume I am coming from a different perspective.
Uggh How many times I heard about how early I read, what atypical topics I studied or advanced things I was doing, what my score was on this or that I cannot even begin to count, and I assure you it was NOT a healthy emphasis. (Nobody was obsessed--it was simply a fairly frequent topic) If you are a parent with a precocious child do be careful how you talk about it and how much you "get into it" or even push for more of it once you see that the potential is there. And a parent excited by their child's intelligence can get pushy without even intending to. And lose sight of whole child development for the sake of "mental" or "abilities" development. When I hear (or read here) a lot of comments about stuff like this, to me it suggests imbalance. That doesn't have to be the case, but it IS the reason it starts to rub me the wrong way after a while.
(I don't pretend I don't have a personal bias.)
Anyhow, Eilonwy, I am sure you have thought about this all at length already so I guess I won't ask you to give it some thought. You certainly know what you think, including that I am being extreme in finding it annoying or mentioning it. That's fine.
I apologize for my blabbage on the nice thread quaz and all. I didn't really have a goal of making it a long discussion--it was just a quick comment on something I'd noticed and it got a bit out of hand. No further comments here. Peace.