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Teaching Children to Set and Respect Boundaries

The news these days is filled with stories of grown men violating the boundaries of others, particularly women, who are sexually harassed and/or assaulted in staggering numbers. So, what do these stories mean for parents, who want to raise children who would never treat others with such disrespect?


Marti shared with Adrienne Broaddus on KARE 11 News at 11 4 ways parents can teach basic lessons about boundaries, respect and empathy in the earliest years of life:

1) Teach your toddler or preschooler to say firmly, “No! I don’t like that.”

2) Teach your young child to stop when another child says no.

3) Emphasize empathy and perspective-taking

4) When children approach adolescence, specifically discuss sexual boundaries, respect, affirmative consent


To view the video of this KARE 11 News at 11 segment, play the video box above.

To read Marti’s Teaching Children to Set Boundaries and Respect the Boundaries of Others tip sheet, click here.


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