Parenting Guide

Parenting Guide

How to Establish Limits and Boundaries

Always take your child’s temperament and developmental level into account. Use simple language for younger children, and consider whether your expectations are reasonable for your child’s age and stage.

Make your limits clear, firm, and consistent. Then your child will know what to expect.

Stay calm. Speak and act calmly, even if your child is out of control.

Present limits in a neutral manner. This lets your child understand that the limit is not a punishment.

Use the word cooperation. Make sure that you recognize and acknowledge him when he cooperates.

Understand the feelings provoked by your child’s behavior. Stay in the present, without reverting to your own childhood experiences.

Use limit-setting for problem solving. As your child gets older, setting limits includes problem solving together!

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