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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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Sep 29


Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 2023

Domestic Violence Awareness Month October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the WCA will be holding a joint press conference on September 29 at the Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial at 10am. The WCA and other Domestic Violence service providers will be on site with information and awareness raising materials for our community members. Elected officials […]

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Oct 01


Sue B Stroll and 5K October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k  and  3k  Urban  stroll  for  Every-Body Continuing to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby, the 14th annual SueB 5K Fun Run will kick off on Sunday, October 1st at 12 noon at Julia Davis Park. You can sign up to participate here with 5K registration starting at $25. […]

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Oct 01


SueB 5k and Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k and 3k Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt for EveryBODY! The 14th annual SueB 5k and 3k Scavenger Hunt will be on October 1, 2023 and we hope you can join us! We invite you to join us to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of […]

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Oct 18


Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 18, 2023 from 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 18 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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Dec 14


Concert for Cause

Mark you calendars for 2023 Concert for Cause – December 14th Thursday, December 14th 94.9 The River is excited to present headlining artist Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Michigander and Arlie for their 2023 Concert for Cause benefitting the WCA! Join us at The Knitting Factory Concert House in Bodo for an evening of […]

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