Respecting children's boundaries

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Respecting children's boundaries

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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Kim has been an educator for more than 20 years.  She has worked as an elementary school teacher in the independent school sector as well as an Assistant Director of Admissions. She had the pleasure of working with and teaching teachers, assistants, students, and parents. Kim is most proud of being a wife and mother of “tween” boy/girl twins. Being an effective parent is Kim’s passion in life. She says, “every day I try to be mindful of each decision I make in regards to parenting with the end in mind”. Besides Kim’s experiential background, she holds her bachelor’s degree, her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a master’s degree in Education, and is a Certified Parent Educator in multiple programs. Kim is the Co-Founder of Empowered Parenting, which offers courses, workshops, and one-on-one coaching to parents, teachers, grandparents, healthcare workers, counselors, corporate America, and anyone who relates to children. Kim’s knowledge and experience coupled with her enthusiasm, humor, empathy and compassion, has helped thousands of people worldwide with their daily interactions with children. Kim’s goal is to help reduce conflict, foster mutual respect, and create deeper communication and connections between loved ones.

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