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Fall Is for Fences 

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, but it can also be a time of increased stress. After all, it is a time to reassess annual goals, take stock of your budget, and, if you have children, help them adapt to new classes, schedules, and teachers.

For this reason, the fresh start offered by fall is also an ideal time to reestablish clear boundaries and expectations. 

In preparation for the whirlwind of activity about to descend upon us, I recently returned to an article I wrote two summers ago about the value of fences. For many people, the idea of putting up fences has a negative connotation. In fact, fences are a necessary and positive defense against overwhelm and bandwidth depletion.  

This month, I’m resharing my thoughts on the value of physical, mental, and emotional fences with you with the sincere hope that your transition from late summer to early fall will be as painless as possible.