Date: 20-07-10 13:37
I admittedly haven't really done my homework or read around the topic of physical milestones and giftedness but would be interested in feedback on what is 'typical'.
My husband and I find it incredibly frustrating that our son doesn't seem to want/be interested in/be able to do what we consider quite easly physical tasks. He is 3yrs 3mths and not toilet trained. We know he can do it because he had a burst of 4 days where he was really into it with no accidents then he totally lost interests and all or out inducements/bribes begain to fail eg. TV, jellybeans. So, back in nappies.
Aside from that, we seem to have to really push him to try and do even the smallest of tasks that I know his peers are doing eg. opening his water bottle, taking lids off his pens or lunch containers, peeling a banana. It becoms a real drama but we try to get him to do as much for himself as possible. He isn't overly confident on the playground either but is becoming more so with age. We thought that perhaps in the past we did too much for him and that was why he wasn't doing things for himself now and had a few comments in the past from his old daycare that he wasn't as independent as his peers.
He is so capable in other areas i.e. can read 5yr old readers and is obssessed with maths. Is this typical for 'giftedness' or have we just catered to his whims too much?