The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tiarnan arranges time with mummy

A couple of days ago, Tiarnan, fourteen months, was leaving the house in the arms of his mother, for a trip out when he turned back.

"Look!", he said, pointing at his brother, Fintan, three. Fintan was following them out the door.

Tiarnan assessed the situation and its likely effect on his trip with his mother.

"In!" he said, to his elder brother and pointed back through the door through which Fintan had come.

Uncannily, Fintan did as he was told and went back into the house. I rather feel this was a kindness on Fintan's part - but it was funny to see the elder brother obey the command of his baby sibling.

On seeing Fintan return home, Tiarnan burst out laughing in his michievous way: he had got his way, in what was perhaps an unexpected manner.

He had a good, personal time out, with his mother - just as he had commanded.

Tiarnan is growing into a little boy who asserts himself and his needs quite directly. He is also revealing a developed sense of humour which shows itself in the way he interacts with his brothers and in the things he laughs at. He is quite a cheeky little chap - in the most endearing of ways.

(If you would like to read more of Tiarnan, fourteen months, or his gifted brothers, Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and four months, or Fintan, three, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, the creatively gifted, gifted children and gifted adults in general. Thanks.)

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