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This month’s theme at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance is boundaries.

Boundaries are an abstract concept. Boundaries can be emotional and physical and can change over time. Boundaries are part of every relationship, including romantic, platonic, workplace and familial relationships. They are a healthy and normal part of every relationship. In order for any relationship to be successful some boundaries need to be established, whether it by naturally evolving or through conversation and mutual understanding.

Boundaries are different limits someone sets for themselves in a relationship. When those limits are crossed, a person may feel uncomfortable or may even become upset.

For example, a boundary you might set with a significant other is how much you want to have public displays of affection, or PDA. Many people have a certain level of comfort around this type of physical boundary. For you that might mean only holding hands in public and not kissing in public. Clearly and concisely communicating this to your partner is an important part of a healthy relationship.

It’s important to consider that boundaries don’t always have to be physical and with an intimate partner. You can have emotional boundaries with friends. For example, you might have an emotional boundary with whom you choose to share very private information about your past with. You might not want to share personal information to someone you’ve only known a short time, even if they are a friend.

We even have work boundaries. At a small nonprofit like the WCA, many employees work in shared office space. Checking in about work-place boundaries, is important so that everyone can have a productive and effective work environment. Talking with co-workers about thinks like playing music, eating leftovers (think tuna fish, heated up broccoli and salmon!), wearing perfume and keeping common areas neat is important – before someone’s boundaries are crossed and you have a problem.

Boundaries are something we will always have to navigate in our daily lives—our own and those of the individuals around us. Learning how to effectively establish your boundaries and communicating them with others is important to having safe, healthy relationships throughout your life. Learn more about building effective boundaries here.

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EVENTS

Jul 11

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Jul 28

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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