EGALITARIAN RELATIONSHIP TOOL #1 The Trouble with Setting Limits

Part 1: Supporting Children Through Limits Imagine your 2 year-old is pushing a toy shopping cart around, and one of its wheels gets stuck. What do you do? ​ A. Remove the obstacle and go on with life. B. Ignore the child and hope for the best. C. Support the child through it. (“Hmm. That looks tricky. What would you like to try?”) With a shopping cart, the answer is obvious: support the child through it. But what if the obstacle is you? What about when you say “no” and set limits? Sometimes adults choose A: they remove the limit and let the child have their way. Sometimes B: they put their foot down and ignore the child’s pleas. C is a third option: leave the limit there and help the child

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