rules and boundaries
What can I do as a parent/carer?
- Set appropriate boundaries in place to protect your child from harm. Boundaries are about setting the bottom line about what is acceptable, and what is not.
- When telling a child not to do something explain your reason. For example, explain to your child why it is not okay to run into the road.
- Help your child to understand why they have been asked not to break the rules you have put into place; it will support them in understanding consequences i.e. they may get hurt.
- Set appropriate routines in place, so that your child knows what’s coming next.
- As your child grows older involve them in the decisions being made and explain your reasoning.
- You may have to try different ways before finding a solution that works.
Supports your child to:
- Be able to follow routines at school. E.g. play time, dinner time
- Be able to manage their own behaviour, by understanding the rules and boundaries.
- Having set routines really helps children to manage their day and is an important part of getting children ready for school.