Pint-Sized Phenoms: The “Prodigy” Edition

When I started this blog series I deliberately chose to name it “Pint-Sized PHENOMS” and not “Pint-Sized PRODIGIES.” I think the word prodigy has so many connotations and can put undue pressure on children to meet a certain standard both now and in the future.  It is only certain fields that are amenable to creating […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: From Playtime to Professional Work

Perhaps it’s time to start Carston’s art career. In fact, I may be too late if I want him to compete with five-year-old “prodigy” Aelita Andre. Aelita started painting at 22 months. Her “Abstract Expressoinist” work sells for upwards of $10,000. But if you watch this video of her working (and it is clear based […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: Buzzing Around

It’s the time of year when Bees are all the rage. My husband prefers the Geography Bee (when we watched it last week he tried to answer every question before the competitors did), but thanks to Spellbound, the original Bee– the SPELLING Bee (one of the oldest children’s competitions in the US, I might add)– […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: The Entrepreneurial Spirit

I suspect that most everyone who applied to college this year was a pint-sized phenom in their own way– but especially those who made the cut at the most selective schools, which were more selective than ever this year, as I wrote about earlier this week. But you don’t just have to be a bookworm […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: Sports, Spelling, and Shopping

I was recently quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about parents who brag too much (I promise I will try not to fall into this category myself!). Here’s what I had to say: “The quality of the honor your kid is receiving should also enter into your calculations, according to sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman, author […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: Terrific Teens Edition

This group of outstanding teenagers might make you feel bad about yourself! They all have found ways to achieve in distinctive and varied ways– from sports to extreme activities to academics– at such a young age. Here are some impressive feats they accomplished in the past month or so (Note: I think it’s important sometimes […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: End-of-year Girl Power

As the end of the year approaches we are inundated with people of the year winners and Top 10 lists. There’s even an award for “Sports Kid of the Year,” awarded by SI Kids. This year’s winner is Noah Flegel, the 14-and-under world champion in wakeboarding.  While the top three finalists were all boys, four […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: Moving Musicians and Athletes

This month’s featured Pint-Sized Phenoms include both athletes and musicians– with accompanying moving images. Let’s start with 17-year-old high school senior Trent Glaze. Trent has Muscular Dystrophy.  But that didn’t stop him from playing for his Ohio high school’s football team, as captain, and scoring a touchdown.  Watch this heart-warming story: video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: A New Blog Series

Back in March I started a monthly feature on my blog: Shrinking and Pinking. This series focuses on female athletes, who often have to fight against the literally shrinking and pinking of their sports, uniforms, and professional lives/opportunities. The past few months a different definition of “shrinking” has been creeping into my posts– child athletes. […]

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