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Why should I set limits for my children?

Lynne Kenney
Psychology
There are many purposes for setting limits, such as:

1. to define expected behavior clearly
2. to keep children safe
3. to assist children in socialization and friendship behaviors
4. to secure parent-child cooperation without conflicts and power struggles
5. to teach rules in the clearest and most understandable way
6. to stop misbehavior with natural and logical consequences
7. to teach children to solve problems on their own
8. to teach independence, accountability and responsibility in one’s behavior

Limits help your children define what traits they wish to take on as their own, and which traits they will leave to others.

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