Rich Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides to bypass lines at Disney World.
Back in 1948, Norman Robert Kolreg of Lewiston, Maine, became famous when he was able to walk upright (with some help from his mother) at the tender age of 5 days. Soon Mrs. Kolreg began exhibiting him to any curiosity seeker who showed up at her door. She even took out an ad in the paper, listing his scheduled performances. She didn’t charge an admission fee, but she did accept donations. Which led to criminal charges being brought against her, alleging that being exhibited was injurious to the child’s “life, limb and health.” The charges were dropped, but only after she agreed to stop making him perform. Reportedly, little Norman kept on walking — soon without any help from Mom.
An educator installed a networked PC in a New Delhi slum, and left it there for children to freely explore. Kids from one of the most desperately poor areas of the world, without instruction, quickly learned how the PC operated, and taught each other, easily exploring via online connectivity.
A nine year-old boy robbed a New York bank in 1981 and got away with $118.
Dr. Seuss, despite being an internationally renowned children’s author, never had children of his own, and even admitted that, “in mass, they terrify me.”
Pre-schoolers are the fastest-growing market for antidepressants. At least four percent of preschoolers — over a million — are clinically depressed.
A Hungarian psychologist wrote a book on how to raise a genius. He proposed his ideas to a teacher. They married and raised three chess grandmasters, two of them became record-breakers and one even became the first female to beat the top ranked male.
An 8-year-old won $1000 and gave it all away to his 2-year-old neighbor who has leukemia.
An American woman sent her adopted Russian Orphan back on a plane to Russia with a note saying “I no longer wish to parent this child“.