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The Orchid and the Dandelion

Category: Book
By (author): Boyce, W. Thomas
Subject:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Child Rearing
  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / General
  PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: January 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 9.25in x 6.25in
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From The Publisher*From one of the world's foremost researchers and pioneers of pediatric health--a book that fully explores a revolutionary discovery about childhood development, parenting, and the key to helping all children find happiness and success.

In Tom Boyce's extraordinary new book, he writes of his acclaimed and pathfinding work as a developmental pediatrician working with troubled children in child-development research for almost four decades, and explores his major discovery: that certain variant genes can increase a person's susceptibility to depression, anxiety, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, antisocial, sociopathic, or violent behaviors. Rather than seeing this "risk" gene as a liability, Boyce, through his daring research has recast the way we think of human frailty, and has shown that while these "bad" genes can create problems, they can also, in the right setting and the right environment, result in producing children who not only do better than before, but far exceed their peers.

His work has revealed there are two different kinds of children: the "dandelion" child (hardy, resilient, healthy), able to survive and flourish under most circumstances, and the "orchid" child (sensitive, susceptible, fragile) who, given the right support, can thrive as much, if not more, than other children.

Orchid children, Boyce makes clear, are not failed dandelions; they are a different category of child, with special sensitivities and strengths, and need to be nurtured and taught in special ways. In The Orchid and the Dandelion, Boyce shows us how to understand these children for their unique sensibilities, their considerable challenges, and their remarkable gifts.
Biographical NoteW. THOMAS BOYCE, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and head of the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is as well Co-Director of the Child and Brain Development Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He and his wife are the parents of an adult orchid child and an adult dandelion child.