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What are the boundaries in parenting?

So, what are the boundaries in parenting? Essentially, they are the rules and guidelines that you set for your child’s behavior. These can be anything from bedtimes to screen time limits, and everything in between.

It is important to have clear boundaries so that your child knows what is expected of them. This will help to prevent tantrums and frustration for everyone.

General boundaries

There is no answer to this question since every family is different. However, there are some general boundaries that all parents should enforce:

Respecting others: This includes both people and property. Kids must learn to respect other people’s feelings and belongings from a young age. They also need to learn how to expect respect from others for their own feelings and needs.

Not hurting others: Kids must learn that it is never okay to hurt someone else physically or emotionally and also that it’s not okay for anyone to hurt them.

Being truthful: It is important for kids to learn how to be truthful with both themselves and others from a young age. Lies have serious consequences and can damage relationships.

Being safe: This means abiding by safety rules both at home and outside of the home. It is essential for kids to know that they are not allowed to take risks that could potentially harm them or others.

Boundaries in parenting - Common boundaries


What are examples of boundaries?

As a parent, it’s important to set boundaries for your children. Boundaries help them understand what is acceptable and safe behavior and what is not. They also help your children learn to control themselves and figure out their own limits.

Boundaries should be based on your personal values. Here are some common boundaries that parents often enforce:

1. No hitting others.
2. No name calling or verbal abuse.
3. No stealing.
4. No lying.
5. Be respectful of others.
6. Finish homework before playing video games or watching TV.
7. Bedtime is at a reasonable and agreed upon hour.
8. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
9. Get enough sleep each night.
10. No dating until you are 16 years old.

As parents, we set boundaries for our kids in order to help them grow into healthy, confident adults. Boundaries are essentially guardrails to help our kids stay safe and protected as they explore and expand. They also provide a guideline for kids to learn how to control themselves.

How to set boundaries in parenting:

While boundaries are necessary, it’s important to set them in a way that is loving and respectful. Here are some tips on how to set boundaries in a way that will benefit your whole family:

1. Be clear about your expectations

When you set boundaries, be clear about what you expect from your kids. This includes both the behavior you expect and the limits you want them to stay within. It’s important to be consistent with your expectations so kids know what is expected of them at all times.

2. Explain the consequences of breaking the rules

It’s important to enforce your boundaries with consequences that are appropriate for the age of your child. When they break the rules, explain what will happen if they don’t correct their behavior. Make sure these consequences are actually enforced so kids know that there are real consequences for their actions.

With many children, you can ask them what they think appropriate consequences will be if they break the rules. They often have some great ideas. This way you also know that they understand what the rules are.

3. Don’t waiver from your boundaries

Once you’ve set boundaries, it’s important to stick to them. If you waiver from your boundaries or don’t enforce the consequences, kids will learn that they can get away with anything. This will only undermine your authority as a parent and make it difficult to set future boundaries.

4. Be willing to compromise when possible

There may be times when it’s appropriate to compromise on some of your boundaries. For example, if your child wants to stay up a little later than usual, you may want to consider letting them do so on occasion. However, it’s important that any compromises still fall within the guidelines of your overall boundary system and they know that it’s because of a special circumstance.

As a parent, it is important to set boundaries in order to help your child grow into a healthy and confident individual. Boundaries define what is acceptable behavior and what is not. They help children learn right from wrong and teach them how to control themselves. Boundaries should be based on personal values, and they can change over time as the child matures.

What boundaries should parents enforce?

There are different types of boundaries that parents should enforce:

Physical boundaries help protect kids from physical harm. Parents should set rules about who their children can interact with and when. They should also establish rules about physical contact, such as no touching without permission or appropriate clothing.

Sexual boundaries teach kids about appropriate and inappropriate sexual behavior. Parents should make it clear that any type of sexual contact is not allowed without consent. They should also discuss topics like pornography and sexting.

Emotional boundaries help kids understand their feelings and those of others. Parents should set rules about how much emotion kids are allowed to express in public and when it is appropriate to show anger or sadness. They should also help kids learn how to handle difficult emotions in a healthy way.

Verbal boundaries define what is appropriate to say and what is not. Parents should set rules about cursing, gossiping, and insulting others. They should also teach their children to be respectful of others’ opinions and personal space along with expecting that others also treat them with the same respect.

Why Boundaries in parenting are important

Along with the general boundaries listed above, there are also specific boundaries that parents should enforce depending on their child’s age:

Toddlers and Preschoolers: At this age, kids are learning about right and wrong. It is important to set rules governing things such as discipline (spanking is not allowed), bedtime, and food choices (no junk food or you must eat your veggies as an example). You may also want to establish rules about internet use and television watching.

School-Aged Children: Kids this age are starting to further develop their own individual personalities and interests. As a result, it is important for parents to start defining more specific limits around things such as friends, activities, social media use, and spending money.

It is very helpful to have discussion with the kids as you are setting the boundaries so that they understand where you are coming from and are on the same page. These are usually fascinating conversations to have with the kids. You get some great insight into what they are thinking.

Teens: Teens need especially clear boundaries around issues such as drugs, alcohol, sex, dating, driving etc.. Hopefully by the time our kids get older and are operating independently enough that they are going out with friends, we have a great opportunity to connect with them on a deeper level once again.

There will come a time when we, as parents, will sit down with our kids and talk about situations that they may encounter while they are out and about in the world. We want them to know that we trust them enough to know who they are and that they can come to us for ANYTHING!!!

Escape route

We also want to give them the opportunity to “save face” in front of their peers but to have an escape route if necessary. This is an example of using boundaries as a guardrail.


An example of this could be that you have code words for texting or calling parents when they need an assist when they are out with friends and are feeling uncomfortable in the situation.

Maybe they are on a date or in a group and they don’t like the feeling of where things could be headed. Maybe there is drinking or drugs and they want out. Maybe they have been drinking or something and want to go home. Any number of things.

Honor their limits

The boundary is that they are aware of their limits and know when they are coming up against those limits and want to come home. As parents, it is in the best interest of your on-going relationship with and safely for your child to honor their limits and your agreement that you will be there for them and love them unconditionally.

It is also important for parents to discuss expectations around school performance and post-high school plans with their teens.

As parents, we are constantly working to create space for our kids to grow. We want them to explore and expand their horizons, but we also need to set boundaries in order to keep them safe.

Be consistent

Boundaries are loving guardrails based on our personal values, and they can help us teach our kids how to stay safe and in control as they figure out their limits.

It is important for parents to be consistent with the boundaries they set. This helps children learn what is expected of them and makes them feel safe and secure. It is also important to remember that boundaries are not meant to be strict rules that are never broken, but rather guidelines that help keep kids safe and teach them how to behave appropriately.

What are the unhealthy boundaries? – common mistakes parents make

Parents commonly make the mistake of setting unhealthy boundaries, which can damage the relationship between parent and child.

Unhealthy boundaries include punishments that are excessive or unreasonable, forbidding a child from expressing their feelings, or expecting too much from them emotionally or physically. It is important for parents to be aware of these traps, so they can avoid them and create healthy boundaries instead.

Boundaries in parenting are important because they help kids understand what is expected of them. They also help kids learn to control themselves and figure out limits. Boundaries should be based on personal values and parents should enforce them while still allowing their kids to explore, expand and grow.

Common mistakes

Some examples of boundaries are expectations for chores, bedtimes, talking to strangers, and eating healthy foods. unhealthy boundaries can include things such as spanking, shaming, or bribing. common mistakes parents make with boundaries are not setting any boundaries at all, setting too many boundaries, or being inconsistent with the boundaries that are set.


How setting boundaries in parenting helps transform the kid’s behavior

Ultimately, boundaries help kids learn how to behave in a way that is acceptable to society. They also help kids feel safe and protected.

Parents often wonder what the best way to raise their children is. One of the things that all parents need to remember is that boundaries are an important part of parenting.

Here are a few reasons why boundaries are so crucial:

Boundaries help children learn how to control themselves. When kids know what the limits are, they are less likely to push them. This can help prevent problems such as aggression and boundary-testing behavior.

Boundaries teach children about personal values. By setting boundaries based on our personal values, we are teaching our kids what is important to us. This can help them develop their own values and make better decisions in the future.

Boundaries create space for change. As parents, we are constantly creating space for our kids to grow. Change is often uncomfortable, but with boundaries in place, it becomes less daunting for kids. They can explore, expand and grow while still staying within safe boundaries.

Boundaries in parenting - Why boundaries are so crucial

Final thoughts on boundaries in parenting:

One of the best ways to establish boundaries is to start with clear communication. Be open and honest with your kids about why you are setting a boundary and what you expect from them. This will help them understand your expectations and make it easier for them to comply with your rules.

It’s also important to be consistent with your boundaries. If you establish a rule, make sure you enforce it consistently. This will help your kids learn that you are serious about your boundaries and that they need to obey them.

Finally, be patient with your kids as they learn to navigate your boundaries. It may take time for everyone to adjust. Establishing healthy boundaries is one of the best things you can do for your kids, so don’t hesitate to start setting some today!

Help them navigate

These simple tips about having boundaries help us as parents balance feeling that we have some semblance of control while we are simultaneously letting go a little bit so our kids can grow.

We want to make sure that our kids know how to make decisions and good choices for themselves while they are still at home with us so that we can help them navigate all of life’s obstacles.

Find out more about boundaries in parenting and how to figure out and have conversations with your family about what your values are and then how to work with your kids to put boundaries in place that you can all agree on in our Community which you can have at your fingertips in our app.found at:  PARENTING COMMUNITY.