GUIDELINES FOR SETTING LIMITS
Limits are set to:
- Assure the safety of each child and adult.
- Prohibit the destruction of nondisposable materials.
- Assure individual acceptance of responsibility for one's actions.
- Assure equal and respectful treatment of all people
Limits are also needing during routines and transitions.
Limits vs. Rules
Based on values Based on authority
Power is shared Adults control all power
Expect cooperation Require punishment
Flexible, may be negotiable Rigid, may be broken
Encourage logical thinking Restrict logical thinking
Circumstances count Circumstances don't count
Bring respect Bring resentment
Foster independence Foster dependence
Promote decision making Inhibit decision making
Seek alternatives Alternatives are restricted