|Dress-Carmen Marc Valvo (Thrifted)/Jewelry-Trendz, Gifted|
Being a therapist for adolescents is such a reciprocally transformative process. Most tell me, “you are doing so much for these kids.” While I never want to underestimate my role and responsibilities in this challenging work, I recognize that my kids inform my existence in immeasurable ways. They teach me not to take myself so seriously all the time. They view life’s circumstances with a great sense of hope. They demonstrate an inspiring sense of resilience despite not always having “the best” or not being given “the most.” They have such an innocent perspective of the world. They are willing to take risks without worrying about failing. They openly accept love and extend forgiveness to those around them.
Even with these remarkable character strengths, we should never underestimate a child’s need to be surrounded by unwavering support, high expectations, and uncompromising values. These ideals cannot just happen by way of a few individuals having scattered interactions with our youth. We have to intentionally wrap every child with positive regard-whether parent, neighbor, relative, church member, friend, mentor, etc. This list is infinite. Hopefully, you are already taking ownership for thrusting a child's life forward. Go ahead, be a part of the village.