Why do children need limits?

Parent Educator Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE, shares advice for parents on why setting limits is so important for your child's development and how to set effective limits for your children
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Why do children need limits?

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Children need limits. It provides them a sense of security, let's them know that they are well-cared for and loved. It teaches them what is socially acceptable and if they don't follow the limit, there will be consequences. It shows them that we are setting a limit for ourselves, and there are limits for themselves. They need to know that they can settle for themselves a limit and mean what they say. When their peers ask them to do something they are not comfortable with, they can say, "No, I am not going to do that." They set their limit and, hopefully, get respect for that. We are modeling for them. We have limits about our own personal boundaries. We have limits in our family about what's okay to eat, what's not okay to eat. How to speak to people. How to treat people. Those are all limits. Having limits for children is necessary.

Parent Educator Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE, shares advice for parents on why setting limits is so important for your child's development and how to set effective limits for your children

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Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE

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Kim has been an educator for more than 20 years.  She has worked as an elementary school teacher in the independent school sector as well as an Assistant Director of Admissions. She had the pleasure of working with and teaching teachers, assistants, students, and parents. Kim is most proud of being a wife and mother of “tween” boy/girl twins. Being an effective parent is Kim’s passion in life. She says, “every day I try to be mindful of each decision I make in regards to parenting with the end in mind”. Besides Kim’s experiential background, she holds her bachelor’s degree, her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a master’s degree in Education, and is a Certified Parent Educator in multiple programs. Kim is the Co-Founder of Empowered Parenting, which offers courses, workshops, and one-on-one coaching to parents, teachers, grandparents, healthcare workers, counselors, corporate America, and anyone who relates to children. Kim’s knowledge and experience coupled with her enthusiasm, humor, empathy and compassion, has helped thousands of people worldwide with their daily interactions with children. Kim’s goal is to help reduce conflict, foster mutual respect, and create deeper communication and connections between loved ones.

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