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Kids as Orchids or Dandelions

We know the statistics: about 20% of American children today grow up in deprived circumstances – poverty, social isolation, chaotic home life, surrounded by drugs, alcohol, or gangs. Unfortunately many of them repeat this dysfunctional process as they begin to have behavioral problems themselves. What we don’t understand is how some of the children are able to overcome their poor environment and develop into resilient kids and young adults. A recent study has considered why some babies seem to be able to tolerate the lack of a nurturing environment better … Continue reading

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