Kelli - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )
I only recently began to research giftedness for my nearly-5 year-old. I found an article saying that emotional sensitivity is so prevalent that it is often a determining factor of giftedness for young children. Whether that is true or not, I have one really emotionally sensitive little boy on my hands and I'm wearing thin. It takes so little to set him off and while it is getting better as he approaches 5 years old, it is still such a trial. He usually doesn't react to things that wouldn't bother most children, but his threshold is so small that it doesn't take much of a disappointment (a toy that won't do what he wants, a misplaced book, falling blocks, not getting something first-before his sister) and his reaction is almost always over the top. He can usually settle down after a few minutes, but the intensity of the initial reaction and the quantity of them is overwhelming me.
He's supposed to start K in a couple of weeks (an entirely different set of concerns) and I'm worried there will be trouble. Any suggestions for riding the storms? Any similar experiences?