Posted on 03/10/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The comparison of kids to weeds continues, with a new book from an emeritus professor of pediatrics and psychiatry.

Dr. Thomas Boyce isn’t commenting on how fast they grow, though. He’s observing the difference in how they react to their surroundings.

Most children, he says, are like dandelions — “fairly resilient and able to cope with stress and adversity in their lives.”

Others, though, struggle with stressors and challenges, earning themselves the appellation of “orchid children.”

Boyce talks about the research he did to identify these two types, the results he found, and what he’d recommend to parents in his new book, The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive.

You can listen to him discuss the book with Fresh Air’s Dave Davies below or read a transcript on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

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