Boundaries are a dividing line between what we can and can’t do. They are what parents may put in place to protect their children.
Boundaries may be taught by parents to their children from a very early age. All children need boundaries to keep them safe and secure. Some children may push against their parents’ boundaries, whereas other won’t.
But boundaries aren’t just for children, they can serve adults too and are crucial if we are to build and implement healthy relationships. Adults without boundaries may be objectionable, and may also lack communication skills, because they’ve never learned how, or what makes good communication.
They may also act independently when making decisions, without any regard for others. What one person who has grown up with boundaries thinks is appropriate, a person without boundaries may find totally inappropriate and vice versa. All differences need to be respected.
Healthy boundaries are there to help us take care of ourselves emotionally and physically. They help us communicate safely and effectively without overstepping the mark. It is the reason why boundaries are so important and why they should always be maintained.