Throughout The 100 Day Project: Nasty Women along with the growing #metoo movement I've given a lot of thought to boundaries...not only setting and enforcing them, but also appologizing when I've become aware that I've over stepped them.
I've often wondered how to teach my daughters about the difference between over stepping boundaries and being understanding and forgiving? Being too rigid can ruin relationships as much as allowing disrespect. Where is the boundary between too little and too much? Does the difference come down to authentic and honest but kind communication?
I've been studying university psychology courses and boundaries have been a huge focus, which seems appropriate at this time in our world. Knowing and communicating personal wants and needs while also valuing others is so important. Setting boundaries has always been extremely difficult for me and though it still makes me uncomfortable to ask that mine are respected, I feel like I have been learning...finally.
I am so grateful to have two daughters who know theirs and are not afraid to communicate that they be acknowledged. So many of our young women & men today are leaps and bounds ahead of us in their quest for acceptance and equality. I am so glad.
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