Dr. Beth Grosshans completed her PhD in clinical child psychology at the Ohio State University and has worked with all ages in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Beth Grosshans also stands out as the author of Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm, through which she teaches parents the importance of setting limits for their children.
When parents resist setting limits, whether to avoid confrontation or to win their children's favor, they do their children a disservice. Children need boundaries first so that they stay safe, and relatedly to keep them feeling secure. Although children may test the limits that adults give them, they actually feel safer when adults hold firm and guide them to make wise decisions.
Similarly, limits help children understand their world and how it works. Boundaries give children the structure that they crave on a day-to-day level, while also allowing them to understand that abiding by social standards leads to acceptance and a positive experience in society. Such an understanding is crucial for one's development into an adult that not only abides by laws and other regulations, but also feels confident that he or she can operate competently in social situations.
Experienced Psychologist Beth Grosshans Lectures on Child Development