Creating Healthy Personal Boundaries with Others

“No. Don’t do that!  I do it.”

She stands, arms out stretched, boots stuck in the slushy snow of our backyard.  Needing help, she had called out to me.

Yet, as I approached, arms raised as hers, she protests.

“No.  Don’t do that!  I do it.”

At two and a half, this child already knows and claims the structure of our relationship.

I am to be close by, yet occupied elsewhere.

I am to be ready to help when called, yet on her terms, not mine.

Yet, it is I who am called, called by the child with arms outstretched, happily walking towards her.

God, helps us listen to the spoken and unspoken words of those around us so that we can honor who You made them to be.  Help us voice our own needs, so that others know how to honor God’s Creation in us.  Amen.

About SFriant

I live to walk with others on their journeys - because everyone needs to know that they are loved, that they matter, and that they are doing amazing things. I'm a lot like our two kids: obsessed with learning, and constantly creating.
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  1. Pingback: No, No, No! Living with a two year old – and I’m the one saying it! | Sisters Under the Trees

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