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How would it be to drive where there were no traffic laws? Total chaos comes to mind! Children need clear limits to define the boundaries of their behavior. To feel secure they need to know what is expected of them from a very young age. Of course, when they are very young these limits will be easily defined by one word... safety. A toddler cannot touch the stove, cross the street or bathe alone. Soon you will find other limits to their behavior. Tantrums, throwing food or ripping up a book may be comically cute the first time they attempt it, but may I suggest you that none of these behaviors will be endearing when they are five! Our kids must try to figure out what is ok and what is not and it's our job as a parent to tell them. Kids are very smart from a very early age, and they will know by your approval or corrections what is expected of them.