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 +

Monday, April 30, 2007

Tiarnan, the little policeman

About three days ago, Tiarnan, fifteen months, stepped in to control his brothers' behaviour.

Ainan, 7, and Fintan, 3, were playing in a rough and tumble style. This is characteristic of boys everywhere and, generally speaking, no-one really gets hurt: it is just play wrestling. Tiarnan, however, thought differently of this. He looked at Fintan on top of Ainan on the couch, the two struggling together and he looked up at me, then pointed at his brothers: "Heh..."

I looked at where he pointed, then decided to do something. I stepped in and pulled the two boys apart. The funny thing was Tiarnan's reaction. He was flabbergasted that I had listened to him and taken his instruction. His little pixie form began dancing around the room in excitement that I had acted on his tip off: he was exhilarated.

It was a little thing - but in listening to Tiarnan and acting on his intention, I think I did much to reach through to him. What does he think now: that Daddy listens to him.

It was a good moment.

By the way, the boys didn't go back to their wrestling.

(If you would like to read more of Tiarnan, fifteen months, or his gifted brothers, Ainan Celeste Cawley, seven years and five 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. Thanks.)

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 12:20 PM 


Anonymous uladelz said...

That was so cute!

3:02 AM  

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