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What boundaries should I teach my children?

Lynne Kenney
Psychology
Boundaries help your child succeed as a social being. Boundaries are protective, pro-social and proactive. Children with “good boundaries” know how to:

1. get help from mommy when they cannot do something themselves
2. wait for daddy to finish dinner before they expect to go outside and play
3. close the door when they use the bathroom
4. follow the playground rules
5. sit where they are told to on the circle-time carpet
6. stay in their rooms during rest time
7. enter into and exit from social interactions with friends
8. respect the space of a schoolmate
9. kindly ask for something he needs
10. move over on the bench so that another child can sit down

When children understand healthy boundaries they are really ahead of the game in childhood.

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