As a Mum, I am often concerned about my child's development and even though I have little influence of what is happening day to day at school, there are some things that I do have a say in and that is the home environment.
One of my dearest friend's who has 3 grown children said to me recently that the only thing that she thought she was able to teach her children was manners. Yes, she is English as well, and any of you who know us Brits know that manners are really important to us. Unless of course you are watching a soccer match or rioting!
I have a 3 year old boy and being the author of 4 bestselling books on happiness, one of them How Happy is Your Home? 50 Great Tips to Bring More Health, Wealth & Joy into Your Home. I like to feel that I also have a little bit of an influence on the décor in my child's room. At least while he's still young. My goal is to make his environment as happy and healthy as possible. Happiness as many of you may know is my specialist subject, after all. So here are 3 questions that many of my clients and readers ask and the answers. I think these will also help you to make your child's room a happy and healthy place.
1. What Kind of Bed Should My Child Use and Not Use?
Well firstly, pretty obvious, but do make sure that your child actually fits in his bed. You don't want to have his legs hanging out the end as this can stunt his emotional and physical growth. He needs space. And just as you want him to have space at either end, make sure he has space all around.
If your kids have bunk beds, this is where I apologize to all of you parents in advance. Because I am not a huge fan. I know that they save space and your child loves climbing on the top, but they really are not brilliant for your child's mental health. A lot of very important brain development and integration occurs at night and bunk beds limit the space in which the energy can circulate above your kid's head while he sleeps. The child that is on the top bunk may start to feel ungrounded and perhaps insecure over time and the one underneath could feel stifled. The best cure for bunk beds is really to get rid of them. And if you really cannot get rid of your bunk beds at the present moment, then let your child sleep in it for a short amount of time and keep an eye on his behavior. Then when you are ready get a proper bed do so. If you really do not in any way have the space for any other set up, then over time transfer who is on the top and who is on the bottom. That my dears, is the very, very, very, last resort though. (Note the 3 'very's!) Whatever bed your child has make sure that they have a headboard, so that they feel supported.
2. How Should I Decorate My Child's Room?
The best color for a child's bedroom is white. I know that might sound dull, but white is clear and clean. You can also use some light pastel colors like blue and green as these colors enhance growth, a sense of calm and can help your child sleep. Whatever you do, do not paint the room with bold colors, because it can promote hyperactivity.