Do you ever feel like your child is too nice? Do they let others take advantage of them and have no boundaries? Sometimes children need to set boundaries with others, but it’s not always easy for them. This blog post will teach you how to bullyproof your child by allowing them to set boundaries with others.
One of the best things that you can give your child is the gift of confidence, and allowing your child to set boundaries with others will help them become more self-assured.
When children are taught that they have a right to say no and that they have the right to set limits with others, they will be more apt to do so with their friends. Especially, if they have a pushy or difficult friend who always wants things their way or tries to take over.
I know this because I run a large verbal self-defense website called I Should Have Said and I receive so many emails from adults who don’t know how to set boundaries. I am talking about people who are people who are 40 and 50 years old and struggling to set limits with the people in their life.
These adults were never taught to set boundaries when they were children, and their lack of boundaries has caused them numerous problems their entire life.
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Confident kids aren’t easily lead astray
Your child is going to encounter friends with strong personalities, who are going to want their own way and try to convince your child to do what they want. If your child has the ability to say no and set boundaries from a very young age, this isn’t going to be a struggle for them.
Give your child permission to say no. This also means giving your child permission to say no to you when their personal boundaries are being violated.
Let’s say Aunt Mary’s is visiting and she wants to kiss your child goodbye but your son or daughter goodbye doesn’t want to kiss their relative. Instead of saying, “Just give Aunt Mary a kiss.”, let your child have the right to say no. Let them be in charge of their body and who they choose to kiss.
One day when I went to visit my niece she said, “No kisses for you!” I laughed, secretly I was happy that my three-year-old niece already knew that she was in charge of her own body and personal space. When she is a teenager and some guy tries it on with her, I hope she still possesses the confidence to say no.
One of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child is set boundaries. It’s not always easy, but it will help your kids become confident adults who are able to navigate difficult situations in life without feeling like they have no control over what happens to them.
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