Our children are never too young to start thinking for themselves, forming their own opinions and drawing their own conclusions, even if wrong. Strong-mindedness is a typical trait of the gifted, so why not nurture it?
It’s easy for me to say this, with my children’s education largely behind me, and with adolescence finally over. It’s also easy to forget the many trivial arguments I got pulled into about household tasks such as how best to toast bread in a cast-iron skillet.
I also remember worrying, at a much earlier stage, how to correct their mistaken assumptions in a variety of areas, from science to music to history. The real lesson of that early period was: when possible, let them draw their own conclusions; sooner or later they’ll learn the facts.