Setting boundaries with children is an important part of parenting because it helps them learn how to interact with others and establishes a foundation for respecting authority. Boundaries help children understand what is expected of them and provide a sense of security and structure. By setting clear expectations, children learn how to make appropriate decisions and how to take responsibility for their choices. Establishing boundaries also helps children develop self-discipline, self-control, and problem-solving skills. Additionally, setting boundaries helps children understand that they are not the center of the universe and that their needs are not always the priority. When children know where the lines are drawn, they can feel safe, secure, and loved.
In both the time I have spent being a parent and also a parent educator, I have learned the necessity of setting limits. Boundaries are essential to help little ones learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. Let’s face it, young children are boundary pushers. But it’s not for the reason you might think. They push boundaries to reinforce the limits. In this way, it’s a test but also a reassurance to them that the world is as it should be and all is right.
One area children LOVE to push boundaries is around bedtime. Raise your hand along with me if you’ve experienced the joy of toddler bedtime stall tactics. Some of my favorites are (in no particular order):
Once they are finally down for the night, you’re tired, frustrated and oftentimes feel defeated. You are not alone. At one point or another, all parents deal with bedtime stalling. Even myself! So what can you do to help minimize the stall? Read on to get my tips to help keep bedtime moving along.
Once the kiddos are in bed you can now have your down time, relax and continue Binge watching your favorite series on Netflix.
Maintaining respectful boundaries with toddlers can be challenging, but it is an important part of helping them learn to respect boundaries in the long run. Here are a few tips that may help:
It is normal and natural for parents to be pushed to their limits by tenacious toddlers and preschoolers. These early years are exhausting and exciting. And inevitably there will be good days and bad days as you navigate boundaries and setting limits. Try to remember that this too shall pass and if you put the time in now to be consistent and hold firm boundaries, you are setting your children up for success and emotionally being able to handle the world around them.
Is your bedtime and overnight just not where you want them to be? If you feel like your little one is holding you hostage at bedtime and throughout the night, I can help. Let’s hop on a call together and discuss your goals for your child’s sleep.
Hi, I’m Jenn. Mom, Sleep Boss, and Finder of Lost Loveys. I have more than 10 years of experience in guiding families from sleep deprived to sleep-revived. I help exhausted families around the globe find the right sleep solutions for their children through one-on-one coaching. Read more about me and my philosophy.
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