Build Boundaries Not Walls for Your Children

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April 11, 2013 by tonyberkman

Wisdom for Women

T and K at fenceThis morning I was watching the news anticipating the Olympic games in China and they were featuring the Great Wall of China. Many commented on how “beautiful” it is. Though the views and mountains are truly gorgeous, I failed to see the beauty in the wall itself. While its construction is certainly one of the greatest human feats I prefer Michelangelo’s David.  Most of us are adverse to walls anyway. Walls are barriers to keep people or animals out. I wish that were not necessary. But in reality it often is.

When raising children, however, single moms must build boundaries that will prepare the child for adulthood. Boundaries are not walls. At least not in my book. It is easy to identify the child who has not experienced boundaries. Here are a few clues:

  • They think and behave as if they know what is best for them, including what…

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