Boundaries are guidelines between people about suitable behaviour and responsibilities.
Boundaries should be clear and reasonable. They need to be consistent. There must be consequences for not respecting them.
Boundaries are unique to each family. They change with circumstances. As young people mature, they can become more involved in the setting of boundaries to suit their new levels of independence. Setting and keeping boundaries can be difficult with an adolescent, because they may be challenging parental authority and wanting independence. New skills may be needed to negotiate good working boundaries with young people.