It took John’s friend Hunter to show us what this little finger-hold was for.
It has been in that door molding for more than one year.
Without his paying attention to it.
Now he uses it all the time.
Because by using that tool, he can close the door independently.
Without that finger-hold, he can’t.
And now let’s try to use that idea toward boundaries in self-directed learning.
No telling what it could be in your world, but for us, it was math homework.
And it started out so self-directed.
Joyous, in fact.
Then about halfway, he decided Mom wasn’t really going to hold her boundaries, and he went to the dark side.
In the blink of an eye, he was testing boundaries in every way possible.
We eventually ended up in the bathroom, with the vent fan on and the door shut.
We were visiting at my sister’s house some time ago, and I was mortified.
John lost his favorite thing (Mom’s phone), and lost it for the entire day.
I held my ground and re-directed him or ignored him every time he tried to re-negotiate.
He was fully aware.
He could tell me why he lost my phone.
Holding your parent boundaries may test you to the point of nearly “losing it”.
But it doesn’t mean holding those boundaries isn’t working.
As one of my mom friends says, “I love you too much to argue with you.”
Set your boundaries in a time of calm. Make sure they understand.
Then, when the testing comes (and we know that it will), hold your ground.
Pay attention to the necessity of boundaries.
So your child can learn independently.
Learn self-awareness and self-regulation.
Try this with your kiddos?
Peace be with us,