Every parent likes to think that their child is a genius. How many times have you heard moms trying to one-up each other when it comes to hitting those milestones? However, some parents really do have legitimate bragging rights. Three-year-old Alexis Martin has just become the youngest person in Arizona to join Mensa, a club where members must have an IQ in the top 2 percent in the world. To put it in perspective for you, most people have an IQ of 100. Little Alexis scored a 160. It's truly amazing. Doctors say she is smarter than 99.9 percent of the world's population. However, it's not all good news for the little Einstein.
While most kids her age are still trying to get out complete sentences, Alexis reads at a fifth grade reading level. Apparently, there hasn't been a kid this brilliant in 20 years. That's a heavy title for such a young tot. Her parents have toyed with the idea of putting her into kindergarten early, but they don't want her to move too far ahead out of fear she will be left behind socially.
A doctor has already said she will never be able to go to a "normal" school but rather has to attend a "self-contained program." The reason? Being a young genius comes with a special brand of neuroses other children just won't understand. It's somewhat heartbreaking. As parents, we want our kids to have a normal and happy upbringing. For a lot of us, that means going to a nearby grade school, making friends, having slumber parties, doing school plays, joining sports teams or band. That may not be in the cards for Alexis -- a determination that is made for her at the young age of 3.
This is a common fear among parents in this situation. Learning and developing isn't just about academics. These parents are right to be concerned about her social skills. Will she make friends and form bonds? Will other students be welcoming? Will she feel like an oddball? They fear that there is so much she will miss out on.
It's a tough situation, to be sure. They want to nurture that brilliant mind but how do they do that without sacrificing a normal social growth? For some parents, the solution is homeschooling. That way, a child can learn at their own pace and not feel freakish about how advanced they are. But is that right for Alexis? Her parents are still debating what to do.
Do you think being this brilliant at such a young age is a blessing or problematic?