A parent always tries to fulfill the unlimited demands of a child, but at times parents also require saying “NO” to few demands. This little word NO, holds a lot of importance and restricts a child from doing it again. This is nothing but setting boundaries for our child, which is an important aspect of parenting.
A boundary is nothing but a line drawn around us to know from where to start and where to end; which always makes you feel safe and sets mind to work within it. We often set boundaries for ourselves and work within it. And we also do the same for our children; child too feels protected and learns many things through it.
As a parent, we need to make a child understand that limitations are not always restrictions done in a negative way nor they are a kind of punishment. Limitation is not stopping one to perform instead it is a kind of a line drawn to get benefited through them and limitations done in a right manner are always fruitful. “Boundaries are meant to protect life but not limit our pleasures” very aptly quoted by Merlin Wilde.
While deciding the frontier there are certain aspects, which needs to be looked upon. Like the foremost point is “Keeping the boundaries clear” as blurred demarcations always confuses a child. A child should be clearly explained the limits and also the consequences of crossing them. For e.g. we can explain the kids that they can’t eat more than 2 chocolates in a day, as that would lead to stomach ache. By reasoning child also knows why we are restricting on certain factors.
As child grows its boundaries are also stretched, but how to build boundaries for children and make them feel liberated at the same time is an important duty of parents. And for a child’s over-all development we need to set a few boundaries to maintain a level so that a child learns through them. Even we should follow the limitations set for child with them, to make them feel it’s just not for them and applies to whole family.
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