Making rules and setting limits
Making rules and setting limits are
important in any family as it improves our
relationship with our family members and
also with the outside world. Rules and
limits improves our behavior and gives
people security because people know
what’s expected of them. It gives a sense
of belonging and helps trust and honesty.
What is it?
Creating a line between what is
expected on the child/teenager, what is
allowed and what is not allowed.
These limits can impact/be impacted by:
How are setting limits
Reconciliation of values and goals
Coming to an agreement about aspects of
life e.g. religion/culture
Adjusting rules and limits as age of dependent
increases and their sensibility increases
A parent wants their child to put their toys
away. In order to achieve good
communication, the parent would ask
them to do so while also explaining the
reasons why and perhaps a consequence
if the child does not follow through.
“Please put your toys away so we can go to
the park. If your room isn’t ready in ten
minutes we can’t go.”
Example: Adjusting rules and
limits as the child grows older
When a child is younger, the parent may
not wish for them to stay home alone. As
they become a teenager, however, they
may relax this rule.
What happens when it isn’t
Lack of honesty
Disintegration of positive relationship
Negative wellbeing for both dependent and