Remember when your child spoke their first word or walked into your arms for the first time? Those firsts are magical moments, and they probably sill bring you so much joy. They were big accomplishments, right?
When compared to Aelita Andre, maybe not. Aelita’s paintings sell for thousands of dollars. This might not seem significant, except that she’s only 10. Aelita fits into a category of kids that are rare but often talked about: the child prodigy. Famous examples include Mozart, Picasso, and Pascal.
Aelita Andre, 10
Sounds great to have a kid like that, doesn’t it? With their talent, your prodigy can rake in the cost of a Harvard degree before finished elementary school. If you’re wondering how to determine whether or not your toddler is on their way to becoming the next Mozart, here are some marks of genius you can keep an eye out for.
They are exceptionally skilled at a very young age. Picasso completed his first painting at age 9. Drew Peterson played a piano concert in Carnegie Hall at 6. Child prodigies typically perform a skill at an adult level before the age of 12.
They paint for 24 hours straight. Whatever the skill, the prodigious child has an intense drive to master it and is found performing during all of their spare time, without prodding.
They have an advanced ability in a specific area. Prodigies are usually focused in the areas of music, math, athletics, and chess. did your child pick up chess at age 3 after watching their older siblings play it once?
That could be the sign of a prodigy.
They have a crazy-good working memory. Working memory is more than the ability to memorize. It’s the ability to hold memory at the same time you manipulate incoming information. Mozart could memorize music while rearranging compositions in his head.
They experience loneliness. Unfortunately, because they are so advanced for their age, prodigies have a hard time relating to other kids. This can leave them feeling alone in school.
Needless to say, don’t feel too disappointed if none of these qualities describe your child. Turns out, the path of a prodigy is probably a pretty lonely (albeit a potentially prosperous) one. If your child shows the above signs, do all you can to nurture and support them. If they don’t, applaud the wonderful accomplishments they will undoubtedly still have
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