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My 9-year old son can be a quandary at times. He is very smart (gifted program), he's funny and likes to tell jokes, he's witty and can come back with great one-liners, he's musically inclined and picked up the guitar quite easily, etc. However, he can't do a lot of simple things, such as tie his shoes or buttons jeans on his pants, or ride his bike well (he falls easily). He might be able to do these things if he really tried, but he gets so completely frustrated that within 2 minutes he practically screams and gives up, mad. I have been letting it go because we can avoid these things, but in the grand scheme, these are little things that he does need to learn. They are some foundations for the rest of his life. I don't know what to do when he freaks out - I don't know how to handle it. Any suggestions?