There are many ways to show smarts; making good grades in school is one way. If you ask your child a question, they’ve got an answer. Right or wrong, they will dream up something that makes sense to them. They also use this quick and natural sharpness while having fun.
When I was a kid, my mom would compliment me by telling me I was brilliant. One day I replied, “But I don’t want to be brilliant. I want to be like everybody else.” I learned that brilliance comes in many forms and that each child has his or her own unique brilliance. When you sprinkle that with a bit of fun, you better believe you won’t have to ask your kid twice. They will run to it. That’s how brilliance meets brilliance!
Sterling B. Freeman,