Tips to help children learn clear personal boundaries
1. Model appropriate boundaries for children and
re-establish boundaries when they are crossed.
If a child invades personal space, asks personal
questions or misplaces their authority with an adult,
supportively re-establish appropriate behaviour.
2. Teach children to respect personal space
and privacy. Establish family privacy for using
the bathroom, bathing and changing. Designate
a personal space in the home for each person's
belongings (a bedroom, closet, drawers and or
3. Establish and reinforce the role of the children
within the family. Establish the line when
children want to listen to adult conversations
pertaining to adult decisions-making and adultrelated
topics. Children should be separated from
4. Avoid involving children in adult relationship
issues such as intimacy trouble. This clarifies
the child's role in the family and builds their security.