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Becoming Boundaries

Yesterday, I wrote about how parents need to establish clear expectations for their children that are attainable and reasonable. When children learn from their parents how to meet their expectations they are being set on a pathway that will turn them into mature, responsible adults. When they don't receive that training at home, they enter the world lacking social skills, life skills, and practical skills to be successful in life. The growth and learning of these most valuable skills begin in the home when parents have expectations.

There are many ways parents convey expectations to their children. They can be taught overtly where it's done with intention, and it can be learned covertly, where they learn by watching, hearing, and experienc