During this last week I have learnt the value in not under-estimating people, on this particular occasion it happens to be my sever year old son.
Our eldest son is thirteen and is very bright, academically. However, recently we had a parents evening at the school of our youngest and had a really good talk with his teacher. We couldn’t have been happier at what we were told; he works hard, is really polite, but he is doing really well at his subjects.
He has a bit of a speech impediment and is left-handed, so at times he has found writing awkward. The quality of his hand-writing though has really improved and he loves English, both written and reading work. He is, we were told, a bright boy.
Maybe because he is our youngest, that we’ve treated him, at times, as if he is still a baby. Perhaps we’ve even unconsciously allowed his speech impediment influence the way we look at him? I don’t know. What I do know is that he is giving it his all at school and is a bright young man.
I won’t make the mistake of under-estimating him again.