When neglect is punctuated by violent episodes, children learn to live on edge, their senses on guard, their bodies ready to move, similar to taut rubber bands. They may appear agitated and irritable, and often provoke others. From a strength-based perspective, annoying and challenging behaviors reflect energy and an effort to cope. Problems keep children interacting with adults; however, over time, their energy and potential becomes strained by the effort to protect themselves and the people they love from further harm. Without change, hope fades and children may give up on adults and peers.