Parenting Tips: How to Set Boundaries

Being a perfect parent is every parent’s dream but, unfortunately, it’s not at all possible. No matter what good you try and do as a parent, there will always be someone that doesn’t quite agree with some of your parenting decisions, so the only other option is to try and be the best parent you can be. There isn’t any criterion that separates good parents from bad parents, but bringing children up to have good manners and to respect other people would suggest good parenting abilities. One of the mandatory skills required by a good parent is to be able to set boundaries, especially if you want your children to grow up to be respectable adults – but doing that isn’t easy. If you are looking for tips on how to set boundaries for your children, have a look at some of the tips to consider below.

Try and be Reasonable with Your Children

Strict parents don’t always make the best parents. There is nothing wrong with being reasonable with your children, as they will see you can be reasoned with. But at the same time, you don’t want to be a pushover and cave in to their every demand. You were a child once so you know what it’s like to be five minutes late from curfew and still have to spend the next few days indoors because you’re grounded. Instead of grounding your child for a few days, you could just tell them they have to be in at 4pm every day for the rest of the week instead of the usual 5pm. This sort of advice is given to professionals looking for social work jobs, so it’s always worth taking into account for your own children.

Don’t Set any Pointless Boundaries

Some parents set boundaries for the sake of it, but sometimes they can be a bit pointless. Some parents might only allow their children to watch TV for one hour a day. This seems pointless because you could just say to your children that they aren’t allowed to watch TV until their homework is complete or until their daily chores are finished with. This gives them something to work towards. Setting too many boundaries may make children feel like they can’t do anything without getting punished. There is nothing wrong with giving your children a bit of freedom so they can think for themselves.

Explain to Your Children Why You Set Boundaries

When setting a boundary, always make sure your children are aware of the reasons behind it. You may not want them to play any further away from the house than the end of the street and if that’s the case, let them know of the risks and reasons behind it, and that you are only doing it for their own safety. If you can’t think of a good enough reason why you have set the boundary, then it could possibly be a pointless boundary to begin with.

A lot of the above points are implemented with programs that offer training for careers in social work so it is always advice worth considering.

There are so many things to consider when it comes to setting boundaries for your children to abide by, and as long as you make the reasons clear why the boundaries are in force to begin with; then there is no reason for them to break them.

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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