My ds is almost 9. He's spirited and gifted, what a combo! Between bouncing off the walls, arguing about every little thing, sneaking every time I turn around and becoming hysterical because something didn't go his way I'm exhausted. He's homeschooled so I don't get much of a break. I've got a whole library of books on spirited children. I have to be more strict with him that I care to be and I have to really pay attention.