"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.
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".
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?