Respecting children's boundaries

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It is very important for children's self-esteem and emotional growth, that we respect our children's boundaries. A boundary invasion is anything that crosses that line. It's tickling and them wanting us to stop, and we don't. It's not knocking on their bedroom doors, and us coming in. It's reading their diary, email, and text without permission. It is rough housing and them saying stop, and we don't. Boundary invasions, respecting our children's boundaries, are very, very important because we want them to be able to set the limit. When we tell them stop, they know that when I say, stop, somebody is going to stop. When they are older, fast forward a few years, we want them to be able to say, no, to drugs; to say, no, to sexual acts; no, to a lot of things. They need to be used to saying no and having people respect that.

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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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