Guard Your Child’s Heart: Setting boundaries

The Struggle is Real - Guard Your Child's Heart



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What types of fears prevent you from having difficult conversations with your children about values? What can you do to overcome those fears?

When you guard your child’s heart, you set up healthy boundaries in the home that prevent harmful societal “toxins” from entering their lives. Boundaries should also prevent the private parts of their lives from being broadcast before the world. In order to help your child internalize those boundaries and make them a part of his or her own value system, you need to engage your child in sincere, empathetic conversation and be emotionally present when they need you.

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Alicia La Hoz

Dr. Alicia La Hoz
Resident Expert

Omar Ramos

Omar Ramos

Family Bridges

Veronica Avila

Ana Morante

Ana Morante
Special Guest

This Week's Action

Regardless of how well you parent, your child will inevitably cross an established boundary. Reacting to this situation out of a place of empathy and understanding as opposed to fear or anger, can make all the difference in the world. This week, take a moment to recognize when you’re going into “fear mode” and take the necessary steps to calm yourself down before addressing the situation with your child.  Here are a few things you can try:

  • Take a deep breath; notice your surroundings, your breathing, and the sensations going on around you.
  • Write down what you’re feeling in a journal
  • Take time to pray
  • Go for a run or engage in some other kind of physical activity
  • Listen to relaxing music or an interesting podcast
  • Talk to a trusted friend or loved one
  • Take a warm bath
  • Read a book

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