Boundaries

Boundaries

I had to set boundaries with my daughter with respect to the behavior I would allow in my house. I was not being mean, and it took some time before I stopped feeling guilty, but it was necessary. She was slamming doors, shouting and causing me to feel overwhelmed and abused. I knew that if I allowed this behavior to continue the situation would exceed my ability to remain calm and in control. As much as I disliked the thought of having her leave home, the probable outcome of continued escalating disruption was untenable. Setting boundaries introduced some structure and made clear that there were consequences for violating acceptable behavior. I think we all have limits regarding how much we can take, and it is our own responsibility to recognize when we need to set limits and implement boundaries.