OK so DS was recently identified as gifted although we had long suspected. He is 6 yo and in first grade. I've been reading up on stuff and realize that what we have considered his being a drama queen or emotionally immature is actually emotional overexcitability.
I'm at a loss as to how to deal with the outbursts that often result from this. Last night we had an epic battle about homework which featured 4 simple questions - there was a green rectangle and a green square and 2 questions - how are these shapes the same, how are they different. Then a purple pentagon and purple hexagon and the same 2 questions.
Well after convincing him to sit down and do the homework - he did the first question in less than a minute then answered "they are not the same" to the 2nd question. I tried to explain that that was not what they were looking for but to explain how they are not the same - he wigged out and told me he was right i didnt understand of course they are different one is a square and the other is a rectangles - lots of yelling, storming off, me having to threaten no video games to get him back. This went on for about 40 mins total before we finally finished the 4 questions - 2 went well the first and the4th (how the pentagon and hexagon were different - he wrote different number of sides) but the other 2 were a disaster - he exclaimed pentagons and hexagons are not the same - when i pointed out they were both purple he freaked out saying they didnt have to be - i tried to explain yes but these 2 are. he finally agreed to write that but still insisted it was wrong.
In the meantime - DH is mad at me for not punishing him for yelling and storming off - he wanted me to send him up to his room for the night. He accused me of babying him and letting him get away with things.
Has anyone else dealt with this and figured out a better approach? is there any material i can read or have DH read to try and understand
PS sorry about the novel