Pint-Sized Phenoms: Amazing at 7 months & 17 years

Have you seen these amazing kids? Let’s start with the youngest, at 7 months, Ryder Blair. While I understand why some would respond negatively (like he should be wearing a helmet, etc.), as a mom I understand being astonished by what your child can do. Check out this video of Ryder “waterskiiing!” While Ryder got […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: Creating and Destroying While Setting Records

For the most part, Guan Tianlang, had a pretty good month. At 14 not only is he the youngest player *ever* to participate in the Masters, but he also was the only amateur to make the cut, earning him additional coverage (which thankfully wasn’t overshadowed by the latest Tiger Woods scandal). While Tianlang did have […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: Golden Teenaged Dreams

Some people just really luck out in the name department. Sixteen-year-old Arielle Gold recently won a bronze in snowboarding at the X Games. Seventeen-year-old Gracie Gold came in sixth at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships. But both will be aiming for gold at the 2014 Sochi Olymics. They won’t be the only teenage stars […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: The Bonus Edition of Extraordinary 9-Year-Olds

Last week it was the teens, but this week it’s a group of nine-year-olds who are so special they had to get their own post. Their varied interests show how kids can find a passion and love in many different areas. 1) Quvenzhané Wallis– Wallis is the youngest nominee for Best Actress at the Academy […]

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Pint-Sized Teen Athlete Phenoms

When I was 16 I was thinking about college, driving, and my AP exams. The 16- and 17-year-olds I describe below seem similar– but they are also thinking about medals, championships, and endorsement deals. Tennis is used to having young phenoms, though there has been a bit of a decline in recent years.  But an […]

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Wrapping up the Pint-Sized Phenoms of 2012: From 9 months to 9 years

My final Pint-Sized Phenoms installment of 2012 is indicative of the variety of overachievers that I’ve highlighted on this blog throughout the year. 1) Let’s start with the youngest: 9-month-old twins Ellie and William Trykush.  These British babies made waves worldwide earlier this month when a video of them swimming the length of the pool […]

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Turkey Trots for Tots

Prodigies are always a hot topic, and with the publication of Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree, they have been back in the news.  While prodigies tend to come from fields where it is not necessary to go through physical maturation first (like music, math, chess, etc.), that is beginning to change as some parents […]

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Pint-Sized Football Phenoms

We’re in the midst of multiple football seasons– Pop Warner, high school, college, and pros– and, like anything, we have some good and some bad stories. The bad stories focus on injuries and over-involved adults.  Massachusetts and New England are no strangers to crazy youth sports parents and physical altercations (as I wrote about in […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: Female Athletes Edition

They golf, they swim, they dive, and they play soccer.  This month’s edition of pint-sized phenoms features some amazing young women performing some incredible feats. 1) The youngest of the bunch is 10-year-old Aisha Saini.  While on family vacation in Spain, the Scottish girl played in a soccer tournament.  Turns out some scouts from the […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: The Non-Olympic Edition (Music, Art, and Business)

In the past week the Olympics have brought us pint-sized phenoms like Gabby Douglas (and her hair), Missy Franklin, and Katie Ledecky.  But even in the midst of the Olympic Games it’s important to remember that pint-sized achievers come in a variety of forms. Sure, a lot of them are athletes.  Some excel in Olympic […]

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