We’re the parents of Britain’s smartest toddler
Britain’s smartest toddler learned to read HIMSELF at the age of two and has an IQ of 139.
Teddy Hobbs, now four, became the nation’s youngest Mensa member as a toddler with abilities like being able to count to 100 in six other languages.
The exclusive organization of the intellectual “elite” took in the youngster when he was only three years and nine months old.
Mensa is an international group for people with high IQs founded in 1947 that only accepts members who are above the 98th percentile of IQs worldwide.
He scored 139 out of 160 on the Stanford Binet test and shocked his parents, who had no idea how smart he was.
The genius child was born via IVF to proud parents Beth and Will Hobbs, from Portishead, Somerset, who only had their son assessed before he started school.
Beth, 31, said: “We did an IQ test, where we basically told him he was going to sit and do riddles with a lady for an hour, and he thought that was the most wonderful thing.
“After we finished it, Mensa’s children’s counselor told us he was eligible, so we thought he might as well join.
“We were kind of like ‘sorry?’. We knew he could do things his peers couldn’t, but I don’t think we realized how good he was.”
Teddy is now able to read Harry Potter books, when his parents allow him to.
He even likes to relax – with a word search.
Beth says Teddy’s genius is both a blessing and a curse, as he shows little interest in some of the more “normal” things a young boy can enjoy like games and TV.
She said: “It comes with its challenges, my friends can say ‘oh should we have cake’ and their kids won’t know what they’re saying, but Teddy will immediately spell it and want it.
“You can’t pass him anything, he listens to everything. He will remember the conversations you had with him at Christmas last year.
“His idea of fun is that he likes to sit and recite his times tables, and he even got so excited about fractions once he got a nosebleed.
“That seems to be his quirk, and we’ll continue with that, but we really try not to make a thing of it.”
The couple say they try to keep him “humble” given his genius to prevent him developing some kind of “superiority complex”.
However, for now, he is apparently unaware of his abilities compared to other children his age.
Beth added: “We’re slowly getting to the point in nursery now where they’re starting to have a more formal curriculum.
“His friends can kind of read a few letters of the alphabet – meanwhile, he can read Harry Potter.
“Obviously we don’t let him read Harry Potter – we choose more emotionally appropriate books, but he’s basically at the stage where he can read anything we put in front of him.”
Beth says Teddy’s level of interest in conversation likely exceeds what her friends talk about with their four-year-olds.
She said: “His social and developmental skills are really the main priority for us; we spent a lot of time trying to have these children – so they must be good citizens.
“He has ideas that he wants to be a doctor one day because he and his friend like to play doctors in nursery, but if you ask him what he wants to be he will just say he wants to focus on the being a teddy.”
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