Guest Post by Frances Rae – Parenting With Trauma

I love this post. Though my blog is not a parenting blog, I sometimes touch on subjects that coincide with parenting.

I am a great proponent of physical boundaries between children, adults, family members, friends, acquaintances and it has to be taught by parents. I have been chided for not encouraging excessive physical or rough play with my children just because children don’t have the tools to know appropriate physical boundaries and it can easily get out of hand and someone could get hurt.

The Belle Jar

by Frances Rae

In the five and a half years that she’s been alive, I’ve been saying that the older my daughter gets, the easier it is to parent her. She’s constantly developing more cognitive abilities to rationalize and socialize and become more independent. Aside from things like the fact that now she can fix herself a snack or a simple meal, dress herself, and play alone for short periods of time, we can also have much more calm and respectful conversations when we disagree on things like bedtime, how much candy to eat, how long we can stay at the park, etc.

Naturally, with her being five, we still encounter our share of unresolvable disagreements and strong emotions. Hell, I think those are fair things to expect from people of any age. But since she is five, she doesn’t have all the skills yet to deal with those things…

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