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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Oh I completely agree. It can be a lot of pressure. Not once have I said the word gifted with DD, although clearly she knows she is special. My frustration is, like I say, the taboo that shrouds the subject. If someone said, my DD is an amazing ballet dancer or my son is state motocross champ, I would say wow, what a fab achievement, you must be so proud.
    I know, it hurt so much to not be able to celebrate your child when others can

    It's also the same if we were talking about any other thing...no one would be coming in and making snarky comments like we get in here.

    Why is it that it is OK to make fun of smart people??

    I was thinking on this a lot last night and it makes me so angry...if our kids were "lower" that the "normal curve" and we were talking about it...no one would ridicule them and the struggles they face...but, our kids are fair game??

    I hate the eye rolls, i hate the snickers, i hate that my kid got bullied so badly that in prep he came home and said "i will pretend that i can't read so that X is nice to me", I hate the *****y comments from other parents...i love my kid and I am proud of him. He has so many challenges to overcome...wtf does he deserve adults having a go at him?

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    Yes I found that the difference in praising children for sporting achievements and academic achievements at school really hard to take. If a child at DS's school made district/zone etc for sport it was put up on the school sign but when DS was the first child ever from that school to be selected for the year5/6 Opportunity Class in the zone it wasn't even mentioned. Very unfair.

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    Totally off-topic Delirium, but how did your DD go reading Harry Potter so young - did she find it too scary or sad or anything? I only ask cos DD has been asking to read it but I am hesitant because of the parental murder etc. concepts - I haven't found any decent guidance on whether it's a good or bad idea at 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post
    Totally off-topic Delirium, but how did your DD go reading Harry Potter so young - did she find it too scary or sad or anything? I only ask cos DD has been asking to read it but I am hesitant because of the parental murder etc. concepts - I haven't found any decent guidance on whether it's a good or bad idea at 6.
    Well the beauty is that the first few books are quite tame and as they progress they get darker. I found DD was fine. DH and DD read together every night so they explored those themes together. I really think it depends on your DD's emotional maturity.

    It becomes difficult though to keep challenging them with text that is appropriate. DD is now reading LOTR, then will read the Silmarillion. Then we don't know where to go next. She's been begging me to read Of Fire and Ice and I've said hell no. She could easily cope with reading the text, but the content with rape, torture and murder are far too much for an 8 yo

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    DD (7) has the same problem with finding appropriate texts that are still interesting. Another good series that she's handled fine has been the Chronicles of Narnia. She's loved those with a passion. And everything Roald Dahl.

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    Thanks Del and MM. The last book DD brought home from the library was about two friends who had a crush on the same boy And the other day she came home from her Dad's with a book about/by the Olsen twins. *sigh*

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    Finding good reading material is so hard!

    DS read the Hobbit but has not done LOTR yet...he doesn't like Harry Potter but loved ******* Fowl so i would rec those. DS loves the Star Wars books...they are a great level for him too.

    If they like Sci Fi/Fantasy - Obernwynth is a great series and I didn't find the subject matter to adult. Also, Inkspell (Cornelia Funke), Kiki Strike (Kirsten Miller) and most of Isobelle Carmody's work is just brilliant!! Tamora Pierce is also good but some are for older kids so just check. Skulduggery Pleasant is also cool. Lots of awesome chicks in them too...not just all boys being the heros

    Emily Rodda writes some awesome stuff too...i think he has about 15 of her books!

    I am lucky as he is happy with some of the siller stuff like Paul Jennings too...and will happily read the odd dinosaur encyclopedia.

    When they get a little older make sure they get their hands on the Uglies series...DS will prob start on that soonish (prob beginning of year 4). Easy reading for him and some great thought provoking ideas (life controlled by facebook style popularlity).

    DS's book collection rivals many adults that I know lol and there were floods of tears when he realised they accidentally missed his book club order the other night! We go to the Melbourne Writers Festival each year to see his fave authors speak....he is counting down atm as it is in August lol

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    What about the Swallows and Amazons series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post
    Thanks Del and MM. The last book DD brought home from the library was about two friends who had a crush on the same boy And the other day she came home from her Dad's with a book about/by the Olsen twins. *sigh*
    DS loved the Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda. Not sure if girls would be into it but she might like her Fairy Realm series.

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    There is some good suggestions there, thanks. DD is into the fantasy ones. I was thinking Hunger Games, they are listed as teen? I've seen the movie but unsure again, on whether it's appropriate.


 

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