Bragging Dad

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My 2 year old daughter (27 1/2 mos., to be exact) can put together a U.S. 50 State puzzle all by herself. Just had to post about it, because that’s cause for bragging.

She even says most of the names of the States!

50 State Jigsaw Puzzle
50 State Jigsaw Puzzle

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  1. Mom to Alex
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    Hi, my daughter is doing the same thing.  She’s around the same age – 26 months.  But I noticed you posted this two years ago so I was wondering over the last two years, how things have been going? What’s your experience been with a really bright kid?  What should I expect?  Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Designer_Rants
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      One thing I would say is: keep up with it! Or not… I know nothing about child development and education, but I remember how after she went through the phase of putting these puzzles together and learning from them, months later after not doing that puzzle, she couldn’t remember hardly any of the names of the states. On the other hand, we had moved on to reading and learning about other things. She’s really creative, and now she’s always making craft and drawing projects. She also likes to watch some types of documentaries with me, usually about space and planets or nature, and she amazes me with her grasp of the concepts when we discuss them. Not sure if any of that’s helpful. If you’ve got tips, let me know – we’ve got another little one about the age of yours.

      • Mom to Alex
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        That’s actually really helpful to know.   We aren’t child development experts either so it’s all new to me.  But I like the idea of just letting the kids do what they like and not having expectations of performance or remembering all those states!  My kid surprises me everyday.  I can’t tell you how shocked we were when she knew all these states and could put them in place after doing it maybe once or twice with me.  And she’s always making up stories and games and remembering things I’ve forgotten.  “Your keys are there, mama.”  You know what I mean, I’m sure. I love space and planets but Alex hasn’t shown an interest in any but Saturn… so we’ll just see.  I also love documentaries so she’ll just have to learn to love that or not watch TV.   I don’t think I have any tips – I’m probably too permissive in just about everything and just try to follow whatever interests her.    Thanks for your reply!

        • Designer_Rants
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          You remind me about TV: PBS all the way! We’re doing our best to make sure our kids aren’t bombarded by the insane & bratty materialism that I see on the programming and commercials on Nickelodeon or Disney channels. Shows like Caillou or Word World or Curious George or Daniel Tiger have really taught our kids some things that help build a foundation for later education, IMO.

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