7 Ways to Set Healthy Boundaries with Your Parents

By Stacey Feintuch
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
February 03, 2023

Your parents may drop by for yet another unannounced visit, or guilt-trip you if you don’t attend every family get-together. Maybe one of your parents is keen on setting you up with a friend’s son or daughter again, despite your disinterest. Sound familiar? Even though you’ve built your own life, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your parents won’t sometimes act as if you’re still a child who’s not ready to live life on their own terms.

And if the relationship is causing you stress, it may be time to set some healthy boundaries.

Boundaries aren’t about keeping your parents or anyone else at arm’s length—rather, boundaries are crucial for healthy relationships. They help you tell the other person what you want and need so that you can keep the relationship happy and ongoing.