As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” This holds true to a similar child, Kanika, a 4-year-old allrounder. Whether it is in the field of academics or sports or extracurricular activities, like, dance, drawing, etc. she has done it all and she can do it all. Her main talent includes solving cubes, having solved 5 basic cubes, 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, pyraminx and mirror. She came first as the youngest cuber among 431 other participants. She can also do skating by simultaneously solving a cube, being the first person to do that ever. A competition was held by the Cube Federation of India, wherein she solved 4 cubes in a total of just 219 seconds. Apart from this, she has learned about the capital of India, about all the capitals of all the states, wonders of the world, oceans, continents, all at the age of three. She is currently also working on mental mathematics and abacus.
We asked Kanika’s parents about how they made her learn everything and how they manage her time. To this, they gave credit to the second wave of the lockdown. All the classes of Kanika were online and being a young child, she has only two lectures, of 40 minutes each. So, the school, too, guided parents for indulging the child in extra curricular activities. Kanika is a very fast learner and you will find her ever ready to try out new things and to learn new things. Her interest mainly begins with first observing an activity being performed and then, with an increase in curiosity to try it out, she starts learning and performing it as well. Her father told us how she becomes so excited to solve the next cube that, in that excitement, solves the previous ones within no time.
Amid all this, we also wanted to know if so many activities put a pressure on Kanika to learn or to perform. Also, if there was any pressure from the school or society on her to perform and if her parents had any expectations from her. To this, Kanika’s parents told us that being a 21st century parent, they have a pretty open mindset. They believed that if Kanika wants to do a particular activity, they wouldn’t stop her or hold her back, but if she doesn’t, they also won’t pressurize her to do it. To this, they also added that they kept Saturdays and Sundays off, being that on these two days, Kanika is free to do whatever she wishes to, be it games, mobile, etc.
Prodigies are ahead of their peers in IQ and tend to be more comfortable with people older than them. Also, they may sometimes be isolated and introverted. Kanika, too, loves interactions with older people, who are more knowledgeable. She also loves to interact and be with people who exhibit their certain skills. She is a very curious child and loves to ask questions. Though, she takes some time to open up. She also observes a lot and catches up most of her activities through observation.
Lastly, some parenting tips were generously shared by Kanika’s parents for our readers and especially those parents who are raising a child prodigy, themselves. They said to not pressurize your child to learn anything, to let the child’s interest develop automatically and to utilize the maximum amount of time you can find, as efficiently as possible.