Create a space where they can dream. If beside the window is the best position for your child's bed, dress your windows in double layers to delay the sunrise. Comfortable bedding and blackout window treatments help your wee ones to get a good night's rest and decrease morning crankiness.
Kids want to be just like you. Create a mini workstation, "their home office," where they can draw, read, and practice their ABCs just like you do.
Play with your children in their room. Children often want to be wherever you are. By playing in their room, you show them how to use the space and gain the most satisfaction from all the amenities you have provided.
If you have a wild sleeper in your courts, choose a bed that has a low profile. Climbing into and falling out of bed is both effortless and painless.
Leave as much open space in the room as possible. Kids often mistake the house for a playground. They tumble, wrestle, roll and bounce without regard to your antique console table or the 100-year-old vase passed down from your great-great grandmother. If they have a space of their own to do as they wish, your furniture in other parts of the house will stand a chance at longevity.
Most kids have closets that can store more than their pint-sized clothing. Install a couple of shelves and cubbies that can hold small toys and books. This helps to make the best use of closet space and frees up precious playspace.
Once children hit preschool age, they transform into a baby Picasso and produce artwork at the speed of lighting. Instead of storing their masterpieces in a folder, display the art in their room. Change out pictures as you see fit to keep the gallery updated.
Just the other day, my 4-year old son requested a boy's kitchen. Much to his chagrin, his sister's pink kitchen was no longer suitable. Now that children are older and can verbally express their interests, poll them about what they like and don't like. That helps prevent toy overload.
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