For children to develop into independent, self–reliant adults, they need room to grow. Taking reasonable risks is an important part of growing up. In fact, taking risks helps children learn what their abilities and limitations are. Many parents have a tendency to overprotect their child with epilepsy, imposing excessive restrictions on normal activities. Perhaps this feeling to constantly supervise the child stems from the parent’s inability to control the seizures. Because the child with epilepsy is believed to be more vulnerable or fragile than other children, parents have a tendency to build a protective environment around them.
Although this is understandable, it is usually unnecessary and may actually be harmful to the child. Placing unwarranted restrictions on activities can isolate a child from his peers. Also, the child who can’t do what the other kids are doing begins to feel different and feelings of inferiority and dependence can develop.
Fortunately, in the majority of cases, there’s no reason for parents to lack confidence in their child’s ability to manage outside the family. Most children with seizure disorders can lead normal, active lives. With the opportunity to explore beyond the home, your child will have the chance to grow up into a secure, independent adult who can find happiness and fulfilment in many things.