Super smart little girl, 4, is UK’s youngest Mensa member
This brainy four-year-old is the UK’s youngest Mensa member – and both she and her five-year-old brother are members of the high IQ society.
Catherine Sunshine’s clever kids are both smarter than their parents, and their staggering IQs make them as clever as Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Leon, five, and four-year-old Amberleane have astounding IQs of 150 and 145 respectively, and the brainy tots are already much more clever than most adults they know.
Law student Catherine, 23, from Chelmsford, Essex, said: “My children are more intelligent than me!
“After we realised how gifted they were people suggested I get tested for Mensa too – but my IQ is only 140, which isn’t as high as theirs.”
The clever youngsters learnt French at aged two and three, and they are able to work out complex problems that people three times their age would struggle with.
When Amber was just 18 months old, she had already worked why the sky is blue and which foods are unhealthy and why.
Leon loves reading, writing and dinosaurs, and is happiest when he’s reading an encyclopaedia or an atlas.
He could count in 10s by the age of two, and he also knows all about the solar system and can even tell you the symptoms and prognosis for cancer and pancreatitis.
Mum-of-three Catherine’s youngest son, Austin, is just 10 months old and too young to be officially tested – but already mum Catherine thinks he will follow in the footsteps of his brainiac older siblings.
Catherine added: “I didn’t realise how talented they were until they were about two.
“When they were very young I noticed slight differences in their behaviour – their language skills developed earlier, and cognitive thinking skills.
“I had my children young and didn’t have much experience, so I didn’t know any different – with Leon I just thought that’s how kids were.
“When Amber behaved the same way I just thought it was the norm.
“It was only when they started going to nursery and interacting with other children that I realised they were special, and more advanced than other children.
“I’m sure there is an element of nature, but if you stick kids in front of the television they won’t reach their potential – it’s about what you put into it.
“But I’m not a pushy parent, I still want them to be kids.
“I could sit them down and in four hours they’d be reading Shakespeare – but I don’t want that for them.
“Children do learn best through play – we have a room in our house dedicated to toys and mess and arts and craft.
“I want them to be normal children who play, and get dirt under their fingernails, and do normal things that children do.”
When the kids first went off to nursery they started to act out, and as their social skills were underdeveloped Catherine said teachers assumed the youngsters were autistic.
But Catherine and husband Nick refused to accept that, and took the kids to a childhood psychologist – who discovered their incredible intelligence.
Catherine said: “We just thought we needed professional help – we didn’t think their behaviour was down to autism.
“They had psychometric tests, which revealed Leon’s IQ was 150 – in the same region as Stephen Hawking – and Amber’s was 145.
“Once we knew this, it was quite clear they’d been acting up because they were simply bored.
“As parents, we were pretty ignorant about this kind of thing – we had no idea about this whole different spectrum of intelligent children.”
After the children started going to mainstream school, Catherine enrolled them in high IQ society Mensa – where Amber is currently the youngest member in the UK.
Catherine said: “Mensa is a place where they can feel like they belong, and not feel like they’re freaks.
“It’s not about me being a pushy parent, it’s about helping them to reach their full potential.
“High intelligence children can have emotional and social difficulties – their brains think in terms of academia, which is different to most children.
“But this is something they will catch up on in time.”