Holding Loving Boundaries

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When we are trying to break an inherited family cycle of threatening, spanking, hitting and yelling, holding loving boundaries can bring up intense feelings of overwhelm, despair and vulnerability in parents.

The most important tool we have when it comes to holding loving boundaries in the early years, is RHYTHM. A strong rhythm at home can help to prevent meltdowns caused by overstimulation, fatigue and insecurity.

That said, the reality is, even with a nourishing family rhythm, pushing boundaries is how children learn and grow – and part of the learning process is the modelling we do as parents when we hold strong to our words and our values.

Below you’ll see a post I shared on my Instagram last week on how to hold loving boundaries.

If you have specific questions about what this might look like in your home, I’d be happy to connect in a 1:1 to discuss them.

Instagram posts can inspire in a generalized way, but sometimes it’s much more helpful to speak to someone directly to come up with individualized solutions for the unique challenges we are facing.

My 30-minute mini sessions are an affordable way to get straight to the heart of things and to devise a simple way forward.

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.