THE NEED FOR BOUNDARIES – Most adults would say that teens need boundaries, but parenting expert Trace Embry says most parents would be surprised to learn that teens actually want boundaries … today on License to Parent.
I know, you’re thinking: “Not my teen.” Well, as St. Paul said in Romans 7, adults and teens alike are constantly engaging in a spirit/flesh war. Our flesh may not want boundaries, but our flesh isn’t the sum total of who we are as human beings, and our spiritual side craves boundaries. Our teens are no different. And when appropriate boundaries aren’t provided and enforced, it’s like driving with no traffic lights and speed limits. That may seem like an ideal way to save time at first, until you realize that without those boundaries, all safety and security are gone. And when a child doesn’t experience security, he often pursues irrational means to find it.