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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is an Oregon resident, in the United States, with 18 year old boy/girl twins in the Tigard Tualatin School District, and has been an educator for almost three decades. She began her career as an elementary school teacher for 12 years, then worked as an elementary school administrator for 6 years, and then decided to dedicate herself to teaching parenting classes and workshops exclusively. Kim is trained and certified through a program called Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen, as well by the International Network for Children and Families, in a program called Redirecting Children‘s Behavior. She also has taken recent trainings in the areas of Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid, ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Trauma Informed Care, Smart Voices/Smart Choices: Parents Talking with Kids about Mental Wellness and Substance Use, and Making the Connection: Stress, Teen Brains & Building Resilience. Kim is active in supporting her local parenting community by providing workshops, classes, coaching families and writing monthly articles for two local newspapers Tualatin Times and Tigard Times. Kim is a monthly guest on KATU's Afternoon Live and an occasional guest on KATU's AM Northwest television show doing parenting segments. Kim also reaches thousands internationally through her close to one hundred 30 minute parenting podcasts found on her website. Additionally, Kim recently made her fifth trip to Asia during the last few years to teach and share her passion in raising cooperative, respectful, resilient and responsible children. Kim’s goal for you is to help reduce conflict, foster mutual respect, and create deeper communication and connections with your loved ones.

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