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| Judy Helm Wright, of Missoula, Montana is a wise woman with a global message. As an author of over 20 books on Amazon, she writes about Responsibility, Respect & Resiliency.
Judy is a popular motivational speaker and has worked all over the world with families and groups just like yours.
You will find her warm, witty and wise as she guides and mentors others to be their best self.
Rules of Respect-Boundaries of Behavior
Rules for Respect-Boundaries of Behavior
© Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke, family and relationship coach
Do your kids think you have too many rules? Do they push the limits and boundaries of respect? Do they think it is funny to pick on someone who is different than they are? Perhaps you have had similar conversations that started like these in order to teach respect for others.
“What’s the matter with that word, they say it all the time on television?”
“We were only teasing her, we didn’t mean it.”
Though children and young adults will get mixed or conflicting messages from the television, magazine and friends, they need you to set and enforce clear, respectful rules and limits. They need to know that you expect them to do and be their best.
By providing this guidance you will help them learn how to be responsible, contributing members of society.
Consistent boundaries within the family are pretty predictable;
Consistency in discipline is the number one factor in successful families: It is important that love, respect, cooperation and expectations are unconditional and not dependant on circumstances or behavior.
Here are some common boundaries your family may have;
- The car will not start until the seat belt clicks.
- Parents must always know the 4 Ws before they are allowed to leave with friends. WHO are the friends, WHERE are they going, WHAT are they doing, and WHEN will they be home.
- We do not speak in derogatory ways about anyone.
- A child can count on dinner being at six o’clock or there about.
- Bedtime is 8:30 on school nights and homework is done before playtime.
Consistent boundaries and standards give a child and the whole family a feeling of security and safety. It is within this safe environment that self-discipline and life skills begin to flourish and develop.
Be Partners with Schools and Community Organizations
As a community, as well as a family, we need to give consistent messages to our children concerning dangerous, unacceptable and unkind behavior. When they understand hateful teasing or name calling is not acceptable it will be easier for them to forgo temptation to participate.
It is our responsibility as adults to help them learn and live by the basic rule that actions have consequences. By teaching and enforcing family, school and community rules, you teach respect and tolerance for all.
Thank you for doing a good job
You are doing the most important job in the world, raising self-disciplined, thoughtful and contributing children. Thank you for your time and effort. We will all be blessed by having members of society who work within a framework of acceptable behavior.
This article was written just for you by Judy H. Wright, author and international speaker on parenting and family issues. Feel free to share with friends and associates, but please include this resource and contact box.
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