Last weekend, my sister and I took my three children to see Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. I was just overly thrilled to see it, probably more than my children. So, armed with popcorn, over sized drinks, and our 3D glasses we awaited the movie to begin.
Breaking the sound of munching popcorn, my 7-year-old son, Zachary, turns to me and says, “Mom, there are 33 chairs on that bottom section of the theatre.”
Who would have thought to actually COUNT the chairs or, better yet, who would WANT to? It didn’t surprise me at all because just days ago he came to me with this:
My head is thinking Okay, carry the one, 4 quarters in a dollar….
Okay, Mr. Smarty, “How many dollars is it?
So, as we discussed the amount of theatre chairs at the bottom, my 5 year old daughter says, “I wonder how many are in the WHOLE room?”
In Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the main character, Flint Lockwood, faced the same adversity. He’s intelligent, he’s different, he wants to make an impact on the world, but most of all he wants his parents approval.
Since, my mind doesn’t work like my child’s, I’m trying to understand how I can embrace his passion for Math and Science. What fun activities can I plan that he’ll enjoy and should I? My first Momma Instinct is to embrace his interest, but half of me is telling me I need to “push” relaxing more, reading a good book, running outside like other kids. Or is that my fear talking, scared that other children won’t accept him and the unique person he is?
There’s a balance here, but I’m having a hard time finding it. Do you have a gifted child or a child with “different” interests? Do you find it hard relating to them and how do you handle it, showing them you accept who they are and will love them all the same?
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