Sunday, January 17, 2010


Originally uploaded by Photomish Dan
Maskrosbarn: "Dandelion child," a Swedish expression, meaning a child "with 'resilient' genes — [who] does pretty well almost anywhere, whether raised in the equivalent of a sidewalk crack or a well-tended garden.

Cited in The Science of Success in the Atlantic Online in December 2009; first heard on CBC's Radio One, The Brains of Babes.

Also mentioned in the Atlantic piece: "There are also 'orchid' children, who will wilt if ignored or maltreated but bloom spectacularly with greenhouse care."

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