Bringing out the best in a young person means:
- Enabling each child to express fully his/her own talents and abilities
- Learning to build caring and satisfying relationships with other people
- Acquiring the skills to be as independent as possible, and take on responsible roles in life.
Two qualities are of particular importance in this process. These are self-esteem and resilience – the ability to handle life’s ‘knocks’ and challenges. The support, love and respect of family members and, especially during adolescence, of peers and friends, are the foundation for building resilience and self-esteem. A brain injury can make it more difficult, but there are lots of positive things you can do to help your child build his/her skills, self-esteem and resilience.
Bringing out the best in your child also involves enabling and encouraging them to be involved in the normal run of community activities – doing the things that friends and peers are doing. Swimming at the local pool, joining the scouts, getting a pizza with friends, all help to build self-esteem and confidence and focus on the person rather than the problem.