IEP Empowerment Blog


Boundaries in the Classroom and at Home

Mar 04, 2023

One of the most common stumbling blocks people have when they first start balancing their life by putting up boundaries is that others do not want to acknowledge those boundaries. 

Setting up boundaries is an important aspect of maintaining healthy relationships and ensuring that everyone involved feels respected and valued. Whether it's in your home or in your classroom, setting boundaries helps establish clear expectations and guidelines for behavior, communication, and interactions.

Here’s what I do when I set up boundaries, and it works every time for me and my teacher and parent clients!: 

  • Identify your needs and limits: Before setting up boundaries, it's important to understand your own needs and limits. Take some time to reflect on what's important to you, what you're willing to tolerate, and what makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
  • Communicate clearly: Once you've identified your needs and limits, communicate them clearly to the people around you. Use "I" statements to express how you feel and what you need. For example, "I feel uncomfortable when you speak to me in that tone of voice. Can we please speak respectfully to each other?"
  • Be consistent: Setting boundaries isn't a one-time event; it's an ongoing process. Be consistent in enforcing your boundaries and follow through with consequences when they're violated.
  • Respect others' boundaries: Just as you have your own boundaries, others have theirs too. Respect their boundaries and communicate your own needs in a respectful and non-judgmental way.
  • Be open to negotiation: While it's important to set clear boundaries, it's also important to be flexible and open to negotiation. If someone violates your boundary, listen to their perspective and work together to find a solution that works for both of you.

Remember, setting boundaries is an act of self-care and self-respect. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it's worth it in the long run for building healthy relationships and maintaining your own well-being.

Are you struggling to set up boundaries with your classroom team or your child’s IEP team? Should we talk? Send me an email at [email protected]


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