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If your child meets milestones way ahead of time does it mean they will be gifted?

Or if they read early?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:54 PM on Jan. 25, 2009 in General Parenting

Answers (13)
  • Nope. Just means they are ahead in some things.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 3:56 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • No not always. I think every child has their weaknesses and strengths. For instance I read at 3 and had a 5th gr reading level by the time I was in kinder BUT I sucked at math.

    Answer by gemgem at 3:56 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • Possibly, I don't think that it could hurt their chances. Just continue to do what you have been doing and they will be bright. My oldest was late in reaching milestones (not by much) but with hard work he has proven to be quite gifted in certain areas. Just do not put too much pressure on your children and it will come naturally.

    Answer by micrespo at 3:57 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • I could read by 2 and write by 3. I could also explain photosynthesis at age 4. I am an idiot now. ;-)

    Answer by Kerfuffle at 4:00 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • google gifted children, there are several definitions of what gifted is.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:05 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • No. The label "gifted" should never be used until kindergarten at the very least. All through infancy and the preschool years, kids learn and grow at very different rates. Some kids really seem to learn things quicker, master new milestones ahead of time. But the milestone ages are based on averages, only a few kids will meet them "on schedule" while nearly half will meet them ahead of schedule and half will lag behind.
    It starts to even out around 5 or 6. After that, it starts to become apparent if a child will continue to surge ahead of her peers or will generally stay with the group. That's why most schools don't label kids "gifted" until 2nd grade or later and don't have very many programs for the younger grades.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:09 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • It can, but it depends on what you mean. There was the girl who could flat out READ at 18 months old who ended up being 12 and in college... but there are also kids who learn things early, but continue then at age level.

    Answer by RanaAurora at 5:01 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • I agree with the above post. Mine were always way ahead of other kids when they were younger, but now at ages 4, 10, and 11, they're considered just slightly above average. I don't like to classify it as "gifted" because though they greatly excel at some things, there are other things they are behind other kids their age on (like for my 10 year old its hand-eye coordination!)

    Answer by AprilDJC at 5:17 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • No it doesn't guarantee anything. It also doesn't matter if they are a little behind. After all, Einstein didn't talk till he was 4.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:26 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • Nope. It doesn't mean they'll be gifted. It doesn't mean they aren't, though either.

    Keep working with them at their speed...if they want it, show them how...but don't push.

    I have a 3 year old who is writing and spelling words all on his own. Last week he wanted to know how to spell everything (I make the sounds and he says the letter) but this week, no interest! lol

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 6:04 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

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