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    Realizing your kid has talents that you don't.

    My son has an erector set. He's a little young for the projects, but at the same time he is absolutely enthralled with it. So, we build the projects together, most of which have about twenty steps.

    If you have ever worked on an erector set, you can understand how much it challenges your sense of spatial reasoning. Basically, you have pictures of the project which show you how the parts fit together. They can be quite complicated and in many cases they challenge your abilities to use your hands and tools together. I take the lead and his job is usually to help put in the screws, the pulleys, axles, etc. Occasionally, I push him to figure some of the steps out on his own.

    Anyway, we were building a crane last week, which has a motor and pulleys- all sorts of stuff. At one point, right after I put a piece together and was moving on to another step, the seven year old says, "Dad, that's on wrong". I looked at the diagram for several seconds, trying to see what he was seeing and after a while I was convinced I had it right. He didn't press it and we went on.

    Well, after another three or four steps, we realize that I had indeed put a particular plate on upside down. After scanning all the diagrams, I finally saw the mistake, which was wicked hard to figure out. It took a lot of squinting and head scratching to figure it out. But here is the rub- the mistake was exactly the thing my son was telling me about fifteen minutes beforehand and he had thrown out the comment so casually that it seemed trivial.

    That is not the only time I have noticed this. The kid has this ability to see three dimensions in his head. He often draws city scapes from a bird's eye view, with the proper dimensions and perspectives. Me? I draw a stick man with giant hands and call it art. I don't know if I should feel proud, amazed, humbled or what, but it is definitely one of the great things about having kids. I can't wait until he wants to take the lawnmower apart.
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    Re: Realizing your kid has talents that you don't.

    Just throwing this out, but if he likes drawing city scape - especially from a bird's eye - he just might enjoy a game like SimCity 4, which would allow him to literally build a city.
    I am not sure how old he is - and some parts might be a bit dry and seemingly needless for some youngsters (ie, laying down water pipes, budge control, fire and police protection and so on), but there are many user-made modifications which allow for a sandbox mode - and with some help from ol' dad, he could start building his dream cities. The game has actually been used by some city developers to plan on how to build their city and look at some traffic simulations.
    And, I know from a personal standpoint, the game does not loose its edge, even as a 39-year-old.

    EDIT: If he has interest in architecture, there are also some building architectural tools available for the game - some of the buildings created by users have been simply magnificent. And, I know of a few youngsters who have used the game who have either gone on, or are considering a career in architecture.
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    Hoping this doesn't sound too weird, but I like your kid Is he getting more buildy-buildy stuff for Christmas?

    One of my favorite things about kids is when they make a joke for the first time. I dunno, it strikes me as kind of advanced individual thinking: to see the humor in something all on your own and put that into words for other people to enjoy. It's a real sign that they're not just copying or even just understanding and so is usually one of the first signs to me that they're actual people. This is why I don't have children; that freaks me out entirely. Here's something that one day needs you to account for all aspects of life and the next is a person making a joke. That is bananas.
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    My daughters have had better grooming habits since age four than I currently have. I wish I were joking.

    I taught a whole complement of classes the other day with a massive hole in the elbow of my sweater. Didn't even notice till I got home and my 6 year old pointed it out.

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    Let me just say from my own personal experience, thats a very marketable skill to have. To be able to understand scope and spacial factors of things when only seeing them from one angle....could have yourself a little architect in the making.

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    Re: Realizing your kid has talents that you don't.

    My oldest son has artistic talent that is way beyond what his mother and I possess. She and I both have design skills and ability, but we don't have anywhere near the talent to do the freehand drawing and painting that he can do.
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    Re: Realizing your kid has talents that you don't.

    My daughters have had better grooming habits since age four than I currently have. I wish I were joking.

    I taught a whole complement of classes the other day with a massive hole in the elbow of my sweater. Didn't even notice till I got home and my 6 year old pointed it out.
    That's just sad; you have to set the bar a little higher. Then again, you are playing nicely into the absent minded professor thing.

    Hoping this doesn't sound too weird, but I like your kid Is he getting more buildy-buildy stuff for Christmas?
    Totally- he likes art and building supplies.

    To be able to understand scope and spacial factors of things when only seeing them from one angle....could have yourself a little architect in the making.
    Or maybe an adult son who will live in my basement and make giant, 10,000 piece erector set cities.
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    Re: Realizing your kid has talents that you don't.

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    Or maybe an adult son who will live in my basement and make giant, 10,000 piece erector set cities.
    You been talking to my mom again?

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    Yes, she wants me to remind you to clip your fingernails.
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    Re: Realizing your kid has talents that you don't.

    i have an ability to write that neither one of my parents, or grand parents has.

    my brother can put together any small scale project without error despite not having looked at the instuctions. he's even taught himself leatherworking with nothing more than a picture of a finished project to base it off of...the armor he made me is testament to that.
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    Re: Realizing your kid has talents that you don't.

    Or maybe an adult son who will live in my basement and make giant, 10,000 piece erector set cities.
    On second thought:

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    Re: Realizing your kid has talents that you don't.

    Part of the joys of having an adopted child is having a child with different genetical gifts than my wife and I have. Since she was an abandoned orphan in Russia we have little knowledge of what talents her genetic parents may possess so the talents she has are a challenge to find but also a nice suprise when we find them.

    In fact she does very well in gymnastics. She can walk on a balance beam better than my wife and I can walk on the ground.
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    Re: Realizing your kid has talents that you don't.

    Quote Originally Posted by George Anderson View Post
    Part of the joys of having an adopted child is having a child with different genetical gifts than my wife and I have. Since she was an abandoned orphan in Russia we have little knowledge of what talents her genetic parents may possess so the talents she has are a challenge to find but also a nice suprise when we find them.
    I'm starting to come around to the idea that genetics is oversold. My son just scored well on his SAT and, as much as I want to thumb my suspenders and say "chip of the old block" it's his achievement, not mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    I'm starting to come around to the idea that genetics is oversold. My son just scored well on his SAT and, as much as I want to thumb my suspenders and say "chip of the old block" it's his achievement, not mine.
    Well, except for the fact that basically all my family has died of the same disease, despite our best efforts to forestall it--that sort of cinches it for me. Pretty good argument that we're essentially an amalgam and extension of our parents' DNA. Heck, I wish I believed in nurture more than I do. My job and my volunteer work rely on the belief that we can change the behaviors of humans; I wish it were more true than it is--that string of acids is a doozy.


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