Japan has a popular TV show called “My First Errand” where little kids are sent to do minor tasks for the family on their own while a camera crew secretly follows them.
Psychologist László Polgár theorized that any child could become a genius in a chosen field with early training. As an experiment, he trained his daughters in chess from age 4. All three went on to become chess prodigies, and the youngest, Judit, is considered the best female player in history.
Children from some ethnic groups of southeast Asia (called Sea Gypsies) are capable of seeing clearly underwater and this skill wears off as they grow up. Some suggest that with practice any young person could achieve underwater vision.
The average child in the UK spends less time outdoors than prison inmates.
In 1984, a young boy named Andy Smith wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan asking for federal funds to clean his bedroom after his mother called it a “disaster area.”
Indiana construction worker Jason Haney hid a giant ‘Where’s Waldo?’ cutout all over his work site for the children in a nearby hospital to find. Once he received word that they’d found him, he moved Waldo to another location so they could start looking for him again.
A “sugar high,” or hyperactivity in children as a result of sugar consumption, is a myth.
In 2012 an 11 year old boy ran away from his mother while shopping close to Manchester Airport. He then boarded a flight to Rome, bypassing security without a passport or boarding card and then into a seat by tagging behind another family. He was on his way to Italy before the crew realized.
In some cultures children were intentionally given names with unfavorable meanings like ‘ugly’ and ‘crippled’, as it was thought that this would make them less desirable to child-stealing demons.
There’s a resort near Disney World that is just for kids with terminal illness and their families. There is no waiting list and they won’t turn away any child. It was started by a Holocaust survivor.