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TheFirstOfHerName Sun 20-Jul-14 21:02:21

Anyone planning to watch this?

I was a little like these children; joined Mensa as a child, but used my ability to coast through school/university rather than to achieve anything noteworthy.

DS2 is also of this ilk. We are not doing any of the things these parents are doing, although when opportunities arise through school then obviously we let him participate.

FairlyUseless Sun 20-Jul-14 21:08:53

Extreme parenting like this scares me. I went to school with an extremely smart girl. Off the scale. Parents pushed her so much. I heard she dropped out of uni and embarked on a life of sex and drugs.

Sparklingbrook Sun 20-Jul-14 21:08:57

I have it on. I am sat here like this. shock and a bit hmm and a bit grin

Sparklingbrook Sun 20-Jul-14 21:09:21

Oh and I need to get the juicer out.....

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 20-Jul-14 21:09:37

I'm watching! It's a totally different world to mine, no geniuses here grin

TheBogQueen Sun 20-Jul-14 21:09:37




Sparklingbrook Sun 20-Jul-14 21:10:04

Manager? <arf>

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 20-Jul-14 21:10:16

The cabbage juice did make me feel a little ill...

Sparklingbrook Sun 20-Jul-14 21:11:40

Oh FGS have they taken the juicer with them? shock

FairlyUseless Sun 20-Jul-14 21:11:41

As my darling dad says, nothing wrong with average. The world is run by average people.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 20-Jul-14 21:11:50

Blimey shock

girliefriend Sun 20-Jul-14 21:12:27

Have been watching for 10 seconds and the parents are annoying me already grin

I honestly feel so sorry for these kids.

Sparklingbrook Sun 20-Jul-14 21:12:29

DH says he doesn't know if he can do the whole hour-he is too offended by it already.

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 20-Jul-14 21:12:39

Does Aliyah's mum remind anyone else of Leonard'd mum from TBBT? grin

racmun Sun 20-Jul-14 21:13:06

'She's not profoundly gifted like me'- wow

Old before their time it's actually quite sad

cantseemtohaveitall Sun 20-Jul-14 21:13:07

Jesus. This is just great entertainment. Also frightening - the parents, not so much the kids.

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 20-Jul-14 21:13:27

Or Leonard's mum, even blush

cantseemtohaveitall Sun 20-Jul-14 21:13:50

And don't most child geniuses end up as either social recluses or hating their parents?

TheSpottedZebra Sun 20-Jul-14 21:14:23

Have only just turned it on - I found the last series so interesting, a not a little heartbreaking.

TheBogQueen Sun 20-Jul-14 21:14:29

"I don't think I could parent without neurolinguistic programming"

<snigger >

Pointlessfan Sun 20-Jul-14 21:14:43

A better name for the programme would be "lunatic parents".

cantseemtohaveitall Sun 20-Jul-14 21:14:53

Whispers - yes, she is exactly like that!

Smartiepants79 Sun 20-Jul-14 21:15:07

What every little boy needs. A manager not a mum!
How do they manage to make some of them look so odd at such a young age?
Bow ties?

thatstoast Sun 20-Jul-14 21:15:23

I've got it on record. There were some lovely children on it last year (Shrinidhi!) and, yes, some not so lovely parents but it's an interesting programme.

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 20-Jul-14 21:15:50

DH and I were sat open-mouthed at that speech, Bog queen grin
How do all us average parents manage, eh? hmmgrin

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