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Preview: Boundary Talk: The Do’s and Don’ts When Teaching Children about Boundaries by Thomas Haller

An easy way to understand boundaries is to think about your bottom line. What will or won’t you do or allow? A boundary is something you establish for yourself. You can’t establish a boundary for someone else. Physical boundaries involve physical closeness, touch, and intimacy. Emotional boundaries protect us from feelings of blame, shame, and ridicule that others may try to impose upon us.

It’s important to recognize that boundaries are learned. If as a child your personal boundaries weren’t valued, chances are you didn’t learn how to establish your bottom line and stand up for what you will and won’t allow.

Healthy families create and maintain boundaries that help each member feel their own identity is safe in the world. Boundaries help children set limits so they can be in healthy relationships that enrich, support, and inspire them.

Below are 6 do’sand 6 don’ts to consider when teaching your children about boundaries.

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