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The approach that can maintain this balance is to always have absolute respect for all those involved. Your question speaks directly to the issue of trampling the boundaries of others, and being grounded respect will allow them to act with confidence in themselves without become a "bossypants".


Use the world as your classroom. Model the behaviour you want your children to emulate. When you see someone who needs help, and the kids are with you, help the person and then explain to your kids what you saw and why you decided to help. When you see a situation where intervening might be more negative than not stepping in, explain that to your kids. ...

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