The question becomes are you allowing your children to become everything that they are able, and what constraints are most detrimental to this growth? It only requires looking at the life of Eric Pulier. Pulier is a technological genius, and one of such a tremendous proportion, you will wonder why you have never heard of him. He began programming sometime in the late 1970’s, but programming was in its infancy, and there were very few programmers at this time. However, Pulier was in the fourth grade.
In the late 1970s or even in the 1980’s, I can guarantee you that he was one of only a single digit number of kids in the eighth grade at the time that knew what computer programming was. Additionally, he started a database company while in high school. When did he have time to do this because he went to Harvard in 1984 while also attending MIT. At this point, people should have been able to see that Eric was far ahead of the curve, and would definitely be wealthy at an early age because of his forethought, but also because the people that raised Pulier obviously had the forethought to embrace what should have looked like a pretty quirky kid in the beginning and not place barriers to his growth.
In fact, the 1980s are what I have termed the bully years. In many cases, being offensive, condescending and even violent to those that were different was encouraged by adults and somewhat by society in general. In my opinion, if he was able to thrive during these times, someone not only encouraged his growth, but protected him from the damaging psychological barriers of those times. After graduating from Harvard as a magna cum laude, he made it to sunny California a couple of years later and began to make significant contributions immediately. By 1994, he had established a foundation to address the shortcomings of healthcare and education with technological solutions and a digital interactive agency that has since become a part of an even larger interactive digital entity only a few years later.