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You've Come a Long Way Baby! Educational Tools for Babies

Updated on September 18, 2012

Education for Babies

There have been so many advances over the last twenty years in technology, science and nature. Education has been one of the advancing front runners. Scientists have discovered that the earlier you begin to educate your baby - the smarter he/she will be. Not only has technology made adults much smarter - but now a baby has unlimited potential to learn.

Gone are the days of sticking little baby in the Johnny Jump Up and watching your soap. You don't want your baby to be the only child in class who has not yet mastered a second language! That would be remiss of you as a parent. Your child could lag far behind the others and this could lead to a wealth of problems such as low self esteem, loneliness and possibly depression.

Use It or Lose It Theory Explained

Use it or Lose it Theory....

The video clip explains the "Use it or Lose it Theory" beautifully. Advances in experimental psychology have taught us many important lessons. One theory that has been proven to be true in many cases is the "Use it or Lose it Theory" of cognitive development. It has been proven that there are certain windows for opportunities of growth and learning in the brain. If efforts are not made to learn during the stage when the window is open - that window shuts for life.

One particular research experiment that was done on lab rats proved that vision is highly involved in early learning. Mice were caged in houses that consisted of bars going in only one direction while others were placed in cages with bars that ran opposite. For instance - one cage was constructed using only horizontal bars while the other was constructed using only vertical bars. It was discovered that when they switched cages - the mice were blind to the bars that they were not exposed to. The mice did not develop the ability to "see" those bars and had apparently lost the opportunity to do so due to lack of visual exposure earlier on. It hindered their learning ability. These mice, when placed in the opposite type of cage kept running into the bars, apparently blind to them.

Music Lessons for Baby

Music encourages growth of babies through movement games. It is never too early to start musical lessons with baby. You can purchase head phones that rest on the pregnant mothers stomach with pre-recorded music or voices. You can now safely play music prior to birth. One could also record their own voice to play to baby. This could be very exciting for any parent who just can't wait until baby is born to start nagging.

For all of you music entusiasts out there - your baby can learn to play the Tuba in a Brass Band before it is potty trained.


Babies Talking!

Justin Bieber Speaking in Tongues (parody)

Bible Lessons for Baby

It is never to early to commence your child's religious education! Babies and children have a wide array of religious choices of online educational material. If your child does not firmly grasp what Original Sin means from the gate? Well how is it gonna clean up it's act? Don't drop the ball here folks - let your baby know it's a sinner and it has to repent!

In my research I formed an important hypothesis. I discovered a video of amazing twin babies. They appear to be having a conversation, and even more amazing they look as if they understand each other! This clip is 2 minutes long and these babies not only appear to be great conversationalists - but they are so polite! Each waiting for their turn and no interrupting.

This video clip rang bells in my head....something was nagging at me in the back of my mind...then it hit me! These babies sound just like Justin Bieber in his "Speaking in Tongues" song! Whoa...could all babies be born speaking in tongues? That is why we don't understand what the heck they are saying! I think more research is called for....this could be the door to understanding baby language!

Lesson Plans for Baby

There are multiple free websites for educational tools for babies. Lesson plans are provided for those parents who do not think they are smarter than a 0 year old. These plans are free and can be used for children that are 0 - 12 months. Take advantage of these if you feel that the old method of just paying attention to your babbling baby isn't working. Now it is possible to choose educational toys that teach baby quantum physics. Don't let your baby down - these skills will be employed for infinity.

Swimming Lessons for Babies

Swimming lessons for babies can begin as early as 6 months old. Your baby can begin entering triathlons by the time he grows out of the big wheel or swim the English Channel, Pre-K. It has been found that it is much easier to teach babies to swim as they have not yet developed a fear of water.


Foreign Language for Babies

It is becoming more and more important for babies to speak multiple languages. Due to the strides in the ability for one culture to come into contact with another - it is increasingly necessary that we teach our babies many languages - A.S.A.P. Due to the melting pot of cultures in America we are now exposed to many foreign language speakers.

Children are more commonly raised in bilingual families. It has been found that younger children learn additional languages with ease in comparison to later years. Also - another puzzle piece that fits into the "Use it or Lose it" theory. The younger your child is exposed - the easier it will be to incorporate it into their brains for the long term.

You DO NOT want anyone to have a baby smarter than yours - so make sure you teach your baby a few languages - it should understand what everyone in the class is saying about him/her no matter what language they speak.

Proof that "you've come a long way baby," is true!

Vicarious Living?

In our haste to make our babies the smartest, brightest and most beautiful children in the world I wonder if the pressure to succeed is causing a break down in society. Are our children mere reflections of ourselves? Are we trying to not only keep up with "The Jones'.." but also force our children to shine brighter than "The Jones kids?"

Children are technologically more savvy than their parents. The internet has offered giant leaps in education but it has also been the gateway to voilence, abuse and crime. As many rewards as we have noticed - have we properly weighed the risks of raising kids that are intellectual giants?

According to the FBI - violent crimes committed by children rose last year by 2.5%. According to an article in The Telegraph in May, 2010, at least 150 crimes are committed by children each day.

Child Guard has developed a software program so that we can now know everything our kids are doing or saying on Facebook or text messaging. 90% of our children have admitted seeing pornography online. 57% of children today - admit reading their parents email!

It is imperative that we spend time teaching, singing and playing with our babies but the pressure to create baby Einsteins might be a little overwhelming for some children. If a kid has a special talent it should be recognized and encouraged but it should be fun for the child. As much as we would like to push our children to be the first, the best, the strongest and the wisest maybe we should reconsider the benefits of just letting a kid be a kid.


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  • RealHousewife profile image

    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi myth! Oh it is so great to see you! I bet you got straight A's didn't you?

    I so appreciate your compliments - you being a teacher yourself! I do think we place so much stress on kids to look smart so we do. I felt so bad - my daughter one year was in class with this little girl who was the top student. My daughter was chosen as the only girl to go to the spelling bee and she said she wished the other girl would have gotten it. She said the little girl looked like she was going to throw up when Sydney's name was announced. I know who she means and I know that little girl fears her mom's reaction. That is extreme, I know, but it is another kind of abuse.

    I do think kids should enjoy learning - and should feel as if they have some control in what topics they learn about. But they only get to be kids for a little while, I think they should really enjoy that all they can! Thanks so much!

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    mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

    There are some major perks to helping babies learn young, but you are so right! There are many negatives as well. Society today has made it so that children can no longer be children. When I have kids I want to teach them to enjoy learning and reading so that they willingly learn above and beyond, but I hope to never force them upon all the random stuff that is out there today... I want them to enjoy being kids because it goes by way to fast! Great information and a great hub. I love how you use the information to provide some good information but remind everybody that they still need to be babies!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Jessi10 - thank you! I bet your baby is amazing! It's so good that you do let him play with you and I know even kindergartners in our school learn computers already! It's crazy! Your boy will be ahead of the class even then I'll bet! Good luck!

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    Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

    This is such an AMAZING hub. So DETAILED. I love it. You are right with more than one thing. Gone are the days when the only thing that babies could do was jump up and down on their bouncy toy.

    As a first time mother, this is incredibly helpful. I often think that my son is TOO smart. He soaks up everything that we do together. From reading, to typing on our computer. It really is extraordinary how much he is learning without his baby toys. I'll check out some of your suggestions.

    Great hub!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Sharyn! Thank you so much! We have held hands and learned so much in this last year! Can you believe it???

    You and I HAVE come a long way baby! Lol lol. It's so nice to get such a great compliment from a writer I greatly admire!! YOU!

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    Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Kelly ~ This is an excellent hub. I gotta tell ya, I have really seen huge growth in your writing. You are really stepping up to the plate with some awesome subjects and really great research. I am extremely proud of you!!!


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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi services4all - thank you so much! I'm recovering from an injury (right shoulder) so I have not been spending as much time here - I will catch up to you for sure ASAP:). I'm just a little slow and way behind...but I'd love to see what you are bringing to hub!

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    services4all 6 years ago from U.S.

    This post will surely help the parents who is having a baby. Nice post. I have also posted some kids posts. please visit and comments on it and follow me if you have time.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Eddy - thank you so much! I hope you're having a great day today as well! Happy writing my friend:)

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    A great hub RH;well presented and well informed.

    A vote up here without a doubt.

    Here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

    Take care and enjoy your day.


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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Vinaya - oh thank you! Tell you SIS I said good luck and no matter what - have FUN! Lol.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

    My sister is raising a child and I will share this hub with her. Informative and useful. Voted up!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Amy - I can not fault you for that! lol I am so guilty of liking attention like that! lol Honestly, don't you think any girl would feel important to be admired? That's all it is really, and we all hopefully get those sweet moments to enjoy as memories for a lifetime! I bet your rose in your status quo because you carry yourself so well - and that isn't because any one other than you for being admirable in character. The guy got you noticed - you held your own! Keep knocking 'em dead St. Lou!

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    Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    This is going to sound like a "mean girls" comment, Kelly, and I'm sorry, but, honestly, I enjoyed the attention from the band, but my biggest thrill was watching the other girls, who were very catty, snarling pack animals, display their true with envy. Although they would never acknowledge it to my face, and I remained my own person, my status rose in their eyes. I forgot about that until you mentioned the drummer! Insignificant in the scheme of things, but at the time, as an adolescent, it gave a shy, insecure girl confidence.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh I knew lots of kids that went to Mehlville in the mid to late 80's:) lol We used to hang out on the strip and cruise McDonalds, Steak n Shake and White Castle! We loved going to the drive in too before it closed - sad they all closed down.

    I had my oldest in Our Lady of Fatima for the same reason...boys were still everywhere - calling - coming to the house. It made no difference! lol Bet that drummer was cute and maybe even inspired a poem or two, huh Amy? haha!

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    Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I went to Mehlville H.S. for a year and my mom yanked me out and put me in an all girl's parochial H.S. called St. Anthony's. She didn't like all the attention I got from the high-school boys. I wasn't allowed to date, but they kept showing up at the door! Its ironic as so many of "those good Catholic girls" got pregnant. LOL I still managed to meet some interesting boys, like the drummer in the band that played at one of the St. Anthony's/Augustinian Academy dances. Where there's a will, there's a way!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Amy you crack me up! IRS true! Everyone here is SO concerned with which "high school" you went to because it's a very nosy question that is ultra revealing around here. It really means "what's your back ground and what social stratification level were you?" ha! I mean if you went to John Burroughs - Vianney or Soldan - it tells where you came from and how lofty you have it! Lol. I think so - I never would think to ask a person that either...unless it came up somehow.

    I went to Northwest in House Springs - and it was VERY rural then! Haha I bet you even know of it because I've heard you talk about horse riding in Hillsboro before! I couldn't wait to get out of the state! Lol. I did want to escape high school and boredom in general! I wanted to travel and see the world and we did not have Internet pictures then! Lol.

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    Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Exactly right, Kelly. In the big picture, what does it matter if a student has straight A's or not. Not long ago, I was amused by an article in the RFT exploring the favorite question that St. Louisan's always ask other St. Louisans, "Where did you go to high school?" I don't know about you Kelly, but I could care less. Grades don't factor into the high school discussion...its more about reliving a sense of rivalry or camaraderie. Seems a little juvenile to me...I just remember trying to get through it so I could forget about it!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Amy - I remember that fiasco with The Tiger Mom! I can imagine the negative feedback was loud. I believe that mother is engaging in some authoritative parenting as her parents were - and she sounds like she is trying to justify her means too.

    I think all kids are a challenge - I have 3 girls and they are as different as can be. You would think that they were raised by 3 different sets of parents. My girls use totally different tactics - for instance if one wants her way she argues, the other cries and the other gets angry although they can switch it up at any time! lol The way we react also changes their reaction - so it's a constantly changing story! lol I do think we need to take it easy on them (and both my girls are always, always honor roll, the education is really important. My oldest is almost finished with her bachelors at Lindenwood right now) but I don't freak out if they get more B's than A's. (One of our girl's friends was crying when 3 Q report cards came out because she got one B!!) I know someone else who grounds their kids for not getting A's! I am like ???? Let me ask you this Amy - when was the last time someone asked you if you got straight A's every year in elementary school? At the end of the day - it isn't that important for the future to be honest, being happy as a kid is everything! I don't want my kid looking back and thinking - "I remember when I was so freaked out I sobbed and threw up because I got a B in Math in 3rd grade"....silly!

    Thank you so ever so much St. Lou:)

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Skyler Meyer - I bet your child is a genius due to genetic factors:) lol I think some kids are just gifted in that way - while others are gifted in another. I think every single child has at least one special thing they are gifted with and if we pay attention we will know what that is when the time comes to help them nuture that talent:)

    Hey - if your wife actually placed those medical books on her pregnant belly - wonder if the baby could have learned from some kind of osmosis! haha Thank you very much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Drbj - isn't that so absorbing? Those babies are so hilarious! They appear to be having a jolly good time! haha!

    Thank you so much - I do think the emphasis to perform is huge for some kids now days. It's just too much at times....oh those elusive happy mediums!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Me too Frog - me too! My youngest is 10 and she can just raise herself! lol I am amazed at how much the baby business has grown in the world. There's big bucks in babies nowadays! Thank you!

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    Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    "The Tiger Mom" created so much negative feedback on The Today Show" some months ago the program hosts had her back multiple times. She spent the majority of air-time defending her hardline position for high expectations from her two daughters, as opposed to her low opinion of the typical American families lack of discipline and parental demands for the best from their offspring. The Tiger Mom said her own parents were very hard on her as she grew up, but attributes her success today to their demands for nothing but her best. She claims she KNEW she was loved, because they instilled self-confidence by believing in her and accepting nothing less than her personal best. Her two adult daughters profess the same.

    My brother and his wife have two sons that they chauffeured to early morning swim team participation (the youngest is working towards the Olympics)everyday. After school, mom drilled them on advanced math. They never had an idle evening. The whole family thrives on constant, bustling activity. Mom doesn't work outside the home, which helps with energy levels. Personally, I need some downtime and I think most children do, too. Stress levels are high without a moment to regroup. The overachievers will always be lauded, but I think the cost in expectations and inevitable disappointments in life is too high. Eventually, stress catches up and can be devastating to emotional and physical health. However, my lack of expectations resulted in very ineffectual parenting, (with a darling that was wonderful because she breathed on her own). I believe we need to meet somewhere in the middle. Either extreme leaves something to be desired.

    Another great read, RealHousewife. Something tells me you grew up in a home that was healthy, wealthy and wise, cause you are one smart cookie.

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    Skyler Meyer 6 years ago from 297 Garlington Rd Unit A Greenville, SC 29615

    Hi, I have a daughter name Shanice, she is 4 years old right now and she can absorb information quickly. As I remember when my wife's pregnant she is always reading books related to medical since I'm a nurse at the same time listening to the songs. Is it one of the factor why my daughter is quite genius?

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    drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

    Hi, Kelly - Those two adorable twin babies in the video conversing so easily with each other have just been hired by the Auctioneering Corporation of America. They both will report to work as soon as mommy givees them permission to cross the street!

    This is an excellent hub with many truths about educating our children from the get-go.

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    The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

    RHW - Great Hub. I'm just glad I'm past the having babies stage of life. WHEW!


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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Cardisa! Thank you! It is super important to use that window of opportunity! If we don't expose them to some stuff early enough it could affect their learning process for the rest of their lives! But - I think some people just go way overboard ... which always seems the be the dot that connects every problem - excess:) lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi savanahl - I do think it is very important to begin to teach children early - I just think there is a balance that needs to be struck:) Good luck and thank you so much!

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    Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

    Kelly, a wonderful hub you have here. We know that babies and children have brains like sponges and can absorb a wealth of information quickly. This stage is the best to start training and moulding them. Thanks for sharing.

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    savanahl 6 years ago

    Very informative hub. I have two young children at home and am a huge advocate for early learning. I found your information very useful. Thank you for sharing.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Yep Stacy - it's what I been trying to tell ya...your kids are way too smart already! Hahaha!

    I totally agree - my kids have projects that look as if they are college term papers with bibliographies - they know more about Greek Mythology than we ever learned in ELEMENTARY school! Not that I don't want them to be well read but they ARE kids! Their classes now begin with a syllabus that rivals any colege class I took! Omg!

    Thanks SO much:). I loved that video - so hilarious! It makes me wish I'd had twins! Oh not really:) hahaha!

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    Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    Darn it... I knew I was just doing too much with my kids... I mean... they are some smart cookies and they are growing up way to fast. My 2 year old Max is already swearing. Granted.. he really meant to put a "tr" instead of a "f"... but he can't be perfect.

    I think it is great to take advantage of the kids ability to learn young, but at the same time I think it is beyond ridiculous. What happened to letting a kid enjoy being a kid. The homework is getting to be too much and because of it they spend more time sitting on their rump then they do outside playing! As with everything, there are consequences. But I think I would rather have a healthy and happy kid... instead of one smarter than me! :)

    Great hub and very informative. I love the baby talking video! That is too funny!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Susan - those twins talking were amazing! I bet that was so adorable to see your own boys playing like that:).

    I just think about things like Columbine - now Ohio! What is going on with kids now days - so much pressure to perform and be accepted might be part of it. When I think about what changed - it could be this rush to make our kids be the best or get the best grades. Thanks very much - I bet having twins was lots of fun along with lots of work!

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    Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    My twin boys talked gibberish for the first 3 years of their lives to each other. They did seem to understand each other. Trying to educate your child to be the smartest kid on the block before he can tie his shoes sorta takes all the fun out of being a child. I agree with Melovy, let kids be kids.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Austinstar - LOL Yeah like that smart baby that does all those stock commercials! hahahaha! I know - truth is stranger that fiction and I couln't MAKE this s.h.i.t. up! lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi lori k - the video of the twin babies is above - but if you are on the kindle it might not show up? It's hilarious. Thanks so much for the votes UP!

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    Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Educating babies? Next they'll be taking over the world!

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    lorraine kay 6 years ago

    I loved this article. I missed where to see the babies talking baby talk. This topic is interesting and fascinating. Voted up!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    hahahah! Ruchira! LOL - Oh wasn't that video priceless? Soooo adorable! They really looked like they were having a rather intelligent baby conversation! Laughing at the right moments, pausing for effect...I just think it is fascinating to see that!

    Thank you so much - you are a HOOT!

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    Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

    A Very interesting topic, Kelly. You discussed all the possible angles to it. I loved reading about your discussion on baby

    Seriously, if they do make sense, we should be learning that language 'cause that video was adorable and they took turns to talk and yes, were polite.

    Voted up with useful/interesting.


    speaking their language and PLEASE don't ask me to translate :))

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Lord:) thank you very much! I traveled a lot when I was young...lived here and in Nebraska mostly. I noticed a huge difference in the way peolple spoke - or common name items suddenly being called something else! Like soda vs. Pop! Lol

    Yeah - it was very annoying how the parents were laughing and people were crowding around to watch like the child was a zoo exhibit. It is very eye opening isn't it?? I couldn't resist including it!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you Melovy! I have paid attention to this too because my nephew is one of those prodigy kids - he could add digits in the hundreds before he was 5 - in his head! He's in gifted programs and always wins every award! I'm so proud of him and I love him - this stuff comes naturally to him. My kids are A - B students. I'm proud of them and I remember worrying a bit when they were littler - like what if they aren't as smart as Chase!?! Horror! Lol. Then after thinking about it - they aren't him. They are themselves and I'm not stressing them out to be as smart as their cousin for instance. One of my girls is a superstar ball player, the other has a talent for gymnastics...and I don't mind if anyone's kid is smarter than mine:). I just want my kids to be happy! Lol.

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

    What? Am I the first one to comment?

    Okay. Excellent hub and well done Kelly. I think I used it and didn't lose it. Was exposed to many cultures, that changes my whole life scenario. Great Videos, and that Indonesioan smoker is not a good example for any kid.Voted up my friend!


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    Yvonne Spence 6 years ago from UK

    I couldn’t agree more Kelly. All that rushing to get kids to be smarter than everyone else just leaves them frazzled. Everyone should just let their kids be kids. And then my extra intelligent, super athletic and stunningly beautiful kids will be able to outshine all the other little sods.

    Seriously, though,parents worry for too much and everyone gets there in the end if they are treated with respect. One of mine was a slow starter and is doing great now.


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