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The polymath in late teenage and young adult years

A plethora of abilities, and therefore a bewildering array of possibilities for projects, and eventually a college major, usually confront the older teenage and young adult polymath. The dilemma, though outwardly different from the toddler stage, is still essentially the … Continue reading

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The adolescent polymath

The polymath’s development throughout adolescence can bewilder parents even more than the toddler phase when an unusual level of clutter proliferates in the child’s life for no apparent reason. But since adolescence baffles and worries all parents, what’s different about … Continue reading

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The polymath in early grade school

As the young polymath reaches early grade school, his or her diverse interests begin to coalesce. Certain activities or subjects become compelling. If these don’t mesh with schoolwork, this can cause problems; so it’s important for parents to try to … Continue reading

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“Why does my toddler need to keep everything?”

Given that the two-year-old future polymath appears disorganized and even scattered, how can we help? We can start by trying to understand the likely source of the outer chaos we’re observing. Almost from birth, the diverse abilities of the polymath … Continue reading

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The polymath in the preschool years

The inner world of the polymath is full and complicated. This inevitably produces chaos on the outside, and this surface disorder is most noticeable in early childhood. It is also baffling and sometimes frustrating to teachers and parents. “Why can’t … Continue reading

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Writer B and his flashes of brilliance

Writer B was a dedicated hobby-writer. Probably he didn’t attempt a career in writing because he could make a decent living as a librarian, surrounded by books, which he loved. Like Writer A, Writer B was an encyclopedic reader and … Continue reading

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Writer A: The Professional Who Struggled

Writer A was a professional editor. He could assemble sentences and paragraphs, cut redundant or wordy passages, and knew what a well-constructed essay, article or story should be. Therefore, how could someone so knowledgeable and experienced have problems with his … Continue reading

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Too Many Interests, Part Four

How did Lewis succeed in narrowing his interests just enough to be able to develop those relatively few abilities? Because he had the attention to choose the most important ones. That attention lay within, where all these activities and talent … Continue reading

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Too Many Interests, Part Three

Gradually, sometime in high school, Lewis began to settle in to a few activities out of the half-dozen or more that had pulled at him for so long. More and more he gravitated toward photographing and writing about his building … Continue reading

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Too Many Interests, Part Two

When my son Lewis was in early grade school, I thought he’d never be able to settle down to anything because he was good in so many areas. He wanted to play the cello and the piano, build shelves and … Continue reading

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