The Psychology of Everyday Life:Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage


Why is limit setting so important in parenting?

Limit setting is a critical aspect of parenting because children cannot be expected to regulate themselves. They need to be taught. Many parents feel it is easier to give in to the child’s protests and avoid the fight than to tolerate the child’s upset and anger. This is unfortunate as parents must tolerate some discomfort in the short run in order to raise well-regulated children. Children without limits feel they have too much power in the relationship with their parents and this makes them feel unsafe. Although they do not like feeling frustrated and they certainly like to get what they want, they also sense that they are ill-qualified to be in charge of their own lives, and depend upon an adult to step up and take control.


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