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Limits are important

August 20, 2013

Here’s a life-changing idea…
In his book, The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, Laurence Steinberg says,
Children are harmed when their parents don’t set limits for them” (p. 28).

In other words…
The limits (or rules) set within a family are much like the walls of a fort. They are there to keep children safe. Rules also help children learn the importance of correct and acceptable behavior. Although having too many rules can limit a child’s growth and independence, having too few rules can hinder a child’s self-control and social skills.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Think of your family rules as “gems” that will teach your children to be independent, well-adjusted adults.  As your child matures, talk together about what rules are needed for their best growth and development.  When you let children help make the rules, it will also help them to keep the rules.

To find out more…
about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey, See the World Through My Eyes, or Getting Our Hearts Right at, follow us at or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting.

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