BOUNDARIES for healthy relationships How Boundaries Change as Children Grow GALATIANS 6:2 & 5 NIV
Carry each others burdens. Each one should carry their own load. EPHESIANS 6:4 NLT Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat
them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. SETTING BOUNDARIES AS PARENTS/CAREGIVERS Parents set up rules and boundaries to enable the child to reach his or her full potential. CREATING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES
1. Model healthy boundaries. Children learn more from what we DO than what we tell them to do. Act responsibly, ethically, and FOLLOW THE RULES just the as you want your children to.
CREATING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES 2. Make rules clear and concise. If children are not sure of the rules, theyll have a hard time learning about boundaries! Have a clear conversation with your children about exactly what you expect of them. It helps, especially with younger
children, to post the rules where they will see them every day. CREATING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES 3. Make sure your children know the consequences if they break a family rule. When choosing a consequence for a behavior,
make sure it is age appropriate AND appropriate for the offense, as well. CREATING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES 4. Be consistent and follow through with your expectations and consequences. If you decide a rule
stands, it stands. You must, each and every time, mean what you say and say what you mean if you want your children to take you CREATING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES 5. Boundaries change as the child grows.
A long-standing family rule may need to evolve as your children mature. NEWBORN-2 YEARS This is a time to develop the bonds that will last a lifetime. Develop self-esteem and the ability to relate positively with others. It is also the time for parents to
begin to discover who this new person really is. TODDLERS/ PRESCHOOLERS (2 5 YEARS) When a child takes the first step on his or her own, a new phase in development begins. It is a time for active exploration of their
environment. TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS (2 5 YEARS) Language development takes major leaps which leads to learning the names of objects of interest, the ability to ask for things and as
they discover their independent nature, yes, they develop the ability to say NO!. TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS (2 5 YEARS) A childs parent is in the position to be a coach providing just the right
combination of encouragement, support and guidance. Parents also need to teach children how to learn and encourage discussion and experimentation with new ideas and skills. . TODDLER
Your toddler begs you to buy candy at the grocery store checkout. When you say no, she starts screaming. SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN (6 12 YEARS) School age children
gradually become ready for more independence. However, learning to make good choices and exercise self-discipline does not come easily for many. Parents need to teach Christian values to their child so they become their moral compass.
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN (6 12 YEARS) As children struggle with new skills, parents need to give praise and encouragement for achievement. Parents must also be able to let them sometimes
experience the natural consequences of their behavior or provide logical consequences to help them learn from mistakes. ELEMENTARY AGE You tell the child to pick up toys. He says no and starts
throwing toys across the room. ADOLESCENTS/TEENAGERS (13 18 YEARS) Middle School is not fondly remembered by most who attend. It is often filled with scary body changes, bullying
by peers, and a new surge for independence. ADOLESCENTS/TEENAGERS (13 18 YEARS) These stresses can lead to: Passive-aggressive behavior (Ill do it in a minute.) Self-consciousness
(What are you staring at?) Self-doubt (Im not good at anything.) Over-confidence (Well, I thought I could do that.) And/or moodiness (Leave me alone.). ADOLESCENTS/TEENAGERS (13 18 YEARS)
High school is usually better for most. It is a time to really begin defining oneself and realistically thinking about the future. ADOLESCENTS/TEENAGERS (13 18 YEARS) Talents are developed, social skills get sharper, and relationships
become more serious. Peer pressure is at its max. In todays teen society there are more tempting sidetracks than ever. ADOLESCENTS/TEENAGERS (13 18 YEARS)
During adolescence, kids need their parents more than ever. Research shows that with a positive family environment including fun family activities, open parent-child communication and the encouragement to participate in positive community activities, teens are able to navigate these years with relative ease. TEEN Your 13-year-old has a
9:30 bedtime. You walk by her room at 10:00 and see her texting in bed. YOUNG ADULT A strong sense of personal identity is important for developing intimate relationships. Those with a poor sense of self tend to have less committed
relationships and are more likely to suffer emotional isolation, loneliness, and depression. YOUNG ADULT In this stage, the most important events are love relationships. Intimacy is the ability to relate to another human being on a deep, personal level. A person who has not developed a sense of identity usually will
fear a committed relationship and may retreat into isolation. YOUNG ADULT Those who are successful during this phase will feel that they are contributing to the world by being active in their home and community. . YOUNG ADULT When you head out to
your car to fill a prescription, you discover that your 19-year old who lives at home has borrowed your car without permission. When she finally gets home, the tank is on empty. YOUNG ADULT You agree to babysit your grandkids till 8:30 p.m. so
your daughtertheir mom-can go to a movie with friends. At 9:00 she texts to say theyre going out for pizza and will be back about 10:30. It is our responsibility as Christian parents/caregivers to set boundaries for children that are age-appropriate and appropriate for each
personality and family lifestyle. Children thrive and feel secure when there are clear expectations and consequences if those expectations are violated. Teach your children to respect authority, treat others with kindness, and respect others boundaries, and youll have an
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