Growing Orchids: A Course on Raising the High-Needs or Orchid Child – October 2019


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Most parents are not prepared for raising a high-needs or orchid child and even less prepared for how harsh our culture can be for these sensitive children.  Contrary to modern advice to toughen up our kids to face the harsh world, these children require a much more gentle and supportive hand if they are to thrive, just as the orchid requires extensive care to grow into the beautiful flower it is.  Although orchid children are at higher risk for some negative outcomes, this is tempered by the fact that when they are given the right environment and the right support, they actually do better than those children who are more resilient at the start.  The goal for this 4-week course is to help you create that environment and provide that support in a culture that is working against you.  As always, the course comes with office hours to help individualize the information to your child and situation.  For more details, you can read the longer description below.

Format: Written and streaming audio link (link will be provided in each email and will be a reading of the written content), office hours via Zoom or email

Number of Spots: 30

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You’ve heard the labels: high-needs, orchid, “difficult”.  Whatever people want to call it, raising these kids can feel isolating and frustrating.  As parents, you watch your children struggle in ways others don’t seem to, whether it’s with sleep or discipline or school, and then you can’t help but wonder What the heck am I doing wrong?  The answer, it turns out, is nothing.  Some children truly do struggle more than others and when parents and parenting experts try to tell you to use this method or that to get them to be more like the other kids you see, they are failing to consider that your child is just… different.

Although this difference can feel harder so much of the time, there is a very larger silver lining to this: When we understand our high-needs children and we can meet them where they are at and provide the type of environment that works for them, they thrive.  Not just thriving like most other kids, but they seem to go beyond all other children.  It sounds like a far-fetched statement when you’re in the midst of the 10th wake-up or the clingy behaviour in the 5-year-old or the downward spiral of shame in the older child or teen, but it’s true.

In this 4-week course, we will examine what it means to raise an orchid child through various ages and stages.  The course will cover things like:

  • Sleep troubles
  • The emotional side of the orchid
  • Discipline with the orchid child
  • The benefits of being orchid
  • Helping them thrive in a culture that is not for them
  • And more…

Through weekly “lesson” and “homework”, you will work at your own pace through the information and of course I am there for you in office hours or via email to help you personalize the content.  Office hours are done as individual 15 min slots each week (times available vary week-to-week) and are scheduled to accommodate the various time zones.



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