Children want and need boundaries. Boundaries help children make sense of the world around them and help them feel safe and comfortable as they know what is allowed, and what is not allowed. As parents, we provide our children with boundaries to prepare them for life as they get older. In addition, we want our children to learn about boundaries as there will be boundaries set in the school environment and in the community that they will be expected to follow.
While children want and need boundaries, it is normal for them to not be happy when their parents enforce the boundaries and hold them accountable. Children may yell, scream, cry, or have a full-on meltdown as their parents are firm with boundaries and provide consequences if the boundaries are crossed.
For a child with special needs, enforcing and being firm with boundaries can be even more difficult as they may not fully understand what we are asking of them.
Are you trying to be firm with boundaries but having difficulty following through with them or is your child having difficulty understanding the concept of boundaries?
Try the following:
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Michael Jankowski, MS, OTR/L
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