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The Orchid and the Dandelion


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Section - i: Introductory Note by Robert Coles Section - ii: Foreword by T. Berry Brazelton Section - iii: Introduction Chapter - 1: A Tale of Two Children Chapter - 2: The Noise and the Music Chapter - 3: Lemon Juice, Fire Alarms, and an Unanticipated Discovery Chapter - 4: An Orchestration of Orchids and Dandelions Chapter - 5: Where Do Orchids (and Dandelions) Come From? Chapter - 6: No Two Children Are Raised in the Same Family Chapter - 7: The Kindness and Cruelty of Children Chapter - 8: Sowing and Tilling the Gardens of Childhood Chapter - 9: The Arc of Life for Orchids and Dandelions Chapter - 10: The Sins of the Fathers, the Means of Grace Chapter - 11: Conclusion: Helping All Children Thrive Section - iv: Coda: An Eden Rendered Whole, the Orchid and the Dandelion Acknowledgements - v: Acknowledgements Section - vi: Glossary Section - vii: Notes Index - viii: Index

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Are you a hardy and resilient dandelion, or are you a more sensitive orchid? Dr Boyce explains the groundbreaking science changing how we think about our personalities and life paths.

About the Author

Dr W. Thomas Boyce is professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and heads the Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also co-director of the Child and Brain Development Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Dr Boyce's research addresses the interplay among neurobiological and psychosocial factors leading to differences in childhood health and disease. He frequently gives talks on his groundbreaking work. He is the parent of two wonderful adult children, one orchid and one dandelion. He is also an avid sailor who likes to tie sailing knots and untie scientific ones.


This is a necessary and important book. -- Philippa Perry * Guardian *
Groundbreaking research that has the power to change the lives of countless children-and the adults who love them. -- Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet
This is the first parenting book I've read in a while that is based on common sense and science. It made me step back and look at each of my four children through different eyes. It is a powerful, groundbreaking read. And if you do have an orchid, it will help you parent them through even the hardest of times. -- Lorraine Candy, Sunday Times Magazine
A book for parents bewildered by their impossibly spirited children, for teachers interested in understanding the range of children in their care, for psychologists wanting insights into individual differences, and for students of the human condition everywhere. . . The Orchid and the Dandelion
absorbed me like a novel.
-- Psychology Today
A skilled pediatrician, a gifted scientist, and a lucid writer. He has a deep understanding of the "orchid child" and its underlying biology, and he has a compelling story to tell. There is an extensive audience of parents and teachers whose lives will be touched by this book. The well-being of their children and their students will reap enormous benefits from what Tom Boyce can teach us all about the valleys and the mountaintops of child development -- Jack P. Shonkoff M.D., Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University; Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital
It's a must read for all parents, teachers, and psychologists! -- John M. Gottmann, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
A true gift to parents and teachers globally -- Elissa S. Epel, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, UCSF

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