Everyone Benefits from Boundaries

Fences are boundaries used to protect property. Crosswalks are boundaries that protect people. Words are boundaries that help us understand the world and teach us respect for ourselves and one another. Classroom rules are boundaries that protect and help us feel safe. Even furnishings can act as boundaries. Some say welcome, others such as the teacher’s counter (like mommy’s purse) remind us that we need to please ask. Boundaries make everyone feel safe and they help us know what to expect. Playing games can help reinforce the concept of boundaries. It is vital for children to understand what the expectations are because it is important for them to trust their world. When children are presented with clear, consistent expectations they can be confident in knowing what is going to happen in various environments. In short, boundaries make us feel safe and help us navigate our world with confidence.