This Month: Boundaries in Relationships
Healthy Boundaries are sometimes misunderstood as being unkind, or as even being judgmental. However, this is not accurate. The truth is critical in order to have healthy relationships and in order for intimacy to take place in marriage. Sometimes, fear will prevent a spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, and family from speaking truth into a person's life for fear they will get mad or leave or end the relationship. Yet, relationships without boundaries are dysfunctional, chaotic and full of misery. Listed below are a few ways to speak truth using boundaries
A few suggestions to walk in healthy boundaries:
1. Speak the Truth in love
2. Write down what you need to say before presenting it, and ensure your words are kind but honest
3. Try to address the situation with your own defenses in check (easier said than done)
4. Be firm but do not allow the truth to become an argument, rather end any dispute with letting them know you spoke truth, and they are free to do with it what they choose
Family Counseling helps to improve relationships, and a Family Life Coach can help you to establish healthy boundaries and improve your peace of mind.