How to Make Sure Your Child Gets—and Gives—Appropriate Privacy
As children get older they will want more and more privacy, but it’s important to teach even young children some basic principles. There are two sides—personal privacy and giving privacy to others. It’s important for children to understand when they can and can’t expect privacy. Here are a few things to discuss.
Teach them that they are allowed to ask for privacy.
Explain when you need privacy and why.
Let them know to respect other people’s privacy.
Tell them when you won’t give them privacy and why.
Let them know when NOT to have privacy.
The more you talk about privacy with your child, the more you’ll know what’s appropriate and inappropriate for you family. No matter what you decide, however, it’s important that your child and adolescent know that there are times when everyone needs a little privacy.
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