Mindful Mothering Challenge #9 – The Results AND The Next Challenge: Realistic Expectations

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  1. I really like the way that you go about laying boundaries without making it a command and using negative language. I’ve been trying to keep away from saying ‘no’ to my son (now 11 months) when he gets into something dangerous (like our fireplace) and instead saying something along the lines of ‘be careful’ and re-directing him until he is verbal enough to understand my explanations as to why he can’t play in there. So far so good. It has also made it so that when I say ‘stop!’ or ‘no!’ to quickly prevent him from touching or eating something dangerous, he listens right away because of the warning in my voice and because I only use those words when it’s really serious. I really like the idea of offering a similar activity to allow them to still explore what made them curious in the first place. I’ll try doing that as well! Thank you for the great ideas!

  2. Setting boundaries and creating routines/structure is very important for kids and you are SO RIGHT to name it a challenge! I remember when my kids were Tiny’s age and I can tell you that it doesn’t get any easier as kids get older! The only thing that really changes is the type of boundaries we work on setting. We no longer teach about stove knobs, but instead we work out appropriate boundaries when sharing personal information on Facebook! This is a good topic to think about for many, many years. Thank you for sharing it!

  3. This is a fantastic post. The details you give on how to determine and enforce boundaries are detailed AND easy to understand. This is what I am striving for with my boys.

    Thanks so much-

  4. Hi mamas! Glad that you all found this helpful. Boundaries are a VERY tricky line to walk and do take a lot of persistance and strength to manage. They stay with us for our entire lives too. Just because a child grows up and leaves home does not mean that there are still boundaries needed. Another joy and challenge of parenting!

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