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#1 of 3 Old 02-08-2010, 02:42 PM - Thread Starter
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"They are called “orchid children,” highly sensitive youngsters who are vulnerable to behaviour and learning problems if they live in a stressful environment, but nevertheless can outperform their peers if they come from a supportive home."

I saw a lot of my older dd in this, who is gifted and highly sensitive. Interesting article, though dp and I both found it ironic that 'parenting overload' can have a negative effect when it often seems to be part of the nature of raising these kids--the overall emphasis on parents & environment is different than much research I've seen. I'd be very interested in hearing others' views on this.
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Interesting. I am pretty sure that I was an orchid child by that definition, luckily my parents fared quite well on that 6 point list, and I, though battling depression and anxiety on a mostly mild level through much of my life, have done well in everything I have done (especially school) and have been generally happy, very healthy, and never "in trouble".
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you mean there are people whose children are NOT like that??? lol, where are they? can we trade??

I have to laugh. I call my middle child "my little virgo". I suppose "orchid child" would work too. It's a meltdown if there is ANY stress in the house, either real or simply perceived. Nothing like a challenge, is there?
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