Parents & Educators
Boundaries and Child's Personal Safety

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 shelves, etc.).

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 adult issues.

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.

  Understanding the Risks
Starting point - Children crossing boundaries
  Examples of children crossing boundaries ("roles")
Starting point - Adults crossing boundaries
  Examples of crossing emotional boundaries
  Examples of crossing physical boundaries
  Examples of crossing sexual boundaries
Tips to help children learn clear personal boundaries
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