Given supportive, nurturing conditions, highly reactive "orchid" children can thrive when tackling challenges, pediatrician and author Thomas Boyce says, especially if they have the comfort of a regular routine.

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Some children look resilient by the beginning — easily able, such as dandelions, to deal with stress and hardship. But pediatrician Thomas Boyce says mutually responsive children need more help to flourish.
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