Do you protect your own personal boundaries? If yes, then you know the value of teaching the same skills and awareness to your children. For these essential life lessons, it is never too late to start, but the earlier we start the better off our children are.
The way we get good at handling social dynamics is by learning about boundaries early on, experiencing them as children within the comfort and safety of our own home, where a “no” and a “limit” do not feel like personal rejections. We also learn by observing and practicing, and we get better at it. But the earlier we start the more time we get to learn it.
The same applies to our children and they need us to be their mentors.
But where would you even begin?
How to teach boundaries to children?
Isn’t it such an abstract concept?
Because this is a complex topic, we start with simple things. We talk about a number of simple scenarios we can use with children, that help create the foundation for understanding the more nuanced situations later on. The way we interact with our children teaches them what to expect from the rest of the world.
In today’s episode, not only do we explore how to start small but also discuss the two very important components of teaching boundaries: 1) modeling and 2) clear language around boundaries that a child can understand. You will also learn what do boundaries have to do with parent burnout, and how good boundaries can help us be proactive in building a sustainable and viable parenting life.
Boundaries is a two-way street, and when we help our children learn about their own personal and emotional space, we teach them about the boundaries of other people at the same time. This includes our own need for space as well. So when we respect and create the child’s own space, we can expect the same acknowledgement for our own space and needs.
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