--Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts.
A book that offers hope and a pathway to success for parents, teachers, psychologists, and child development experts coping with difficult children.
In Tom Boyce's extraordinary new book, he explores 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 as, if not more than, other children.
Boyce writes of his pathfinding research as a developmental pediatrician working with troubled children in child-development research for almost four decades, and explores his major discovery that reveals how genetic make-up and environment shape behavior. He writes that certain variant genes can increase a person's susceptibility to depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and antisocial, sociopathic, or violent behaviors. But 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. 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. And in The Orchid and the Dandelion, Boyce shows us how to understand these children for their unique sensibilities, their considerable challenges, their remarkable gifts.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Introductory Note Robert Coles ix
Foreword T. Berry Brazelton xi
1 A Tale of Two Children 3
2 The Noise and the Music 18
3 Lemon Juice, Fire Alarms, and an Unanticipated Discovery 42
4 An Orchestration of Orchids and Dandelions 60
5 Where Do Orchids (and Dandelions) Come From? 82
6 No Two Children Are Raised in the Same Family 109
7 The Kindness and Cruelty of Children 126
8 Sowing and Tilling the Gardens of Childhood 154
9 The Arc of Life for Orchids and Dandelions 171
10 The Sins of the Fathers, the Means of Grace 198
Conclusion: Helping All Children Thrive 218
Coda: An Eden Rendered Whole, the Orchid and the Dandelion 239