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Are your children hardy or sensitive? Here's how to parent them

Dr Tom Boyce speaks with patient Lucas Asbury, 7, at Mission Bay's Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building in San Francisco, 2016
Dr Tom Boyce speaks with patient Lucas Asbury, 7, at Mission Bay's Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building in San Francisco, 2016 Credit: Noah Berger

Determining whether your children are hardy or sensitive to their environment can be a life-changer

Orchid or dandelion? It’s not a quiz about botany, but a way to define those among us who struggle in tricky environments, and those who thrive – something W. Thomas Boyce, a doctor of paediatric health at the University of California, San Francisco, has devoted a quarter of a century to exploring.

“Some children, like dandelions, show a remarkable capacity for thriving in almost every environmental circumstance they encounter,” he writes in The Orchid and The Dandelion, which made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic when published earlier this year. “Other children, like orchids, are exquisitely...

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