1. Let’s Redecorate!

    Kids get the impulse to redecorate and rearrange their room for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s a way growing youngsters assert their personal taste. There are also practical considerations; a room designed for grade school playtime is probably not conducive to high school studying. Parents often step in to help with redecorating, as it offers an opportunity to clear the clutter and create a more harmonious home. But what else can you do to ensure your child’s room redecoration is a success?

    Make sure that whatever your child does to their room, the plan includes a proper study space. A small desk with a bit of storage will last most kids through Junior High School. Older kids need a large desk where they can keep a computer, notebooks, and textbooks. Shelving and storage built into the desk will make it easy to keep everything in one place, but if this kind desk is out of your budget check out some of these cheap and easy DIY desk ideas.

    When it comes to choosing décor, that’s really up to you and your child. However, try to avoid going with a theme that has a short shelf life. They may love One Direction or Justin Bieber now, but what about in 3 years? Stick to something broader and let your kids customize with posters and other easy-to-change items. Also, go for inexpensive homemade options where possible. Saving on store-bought curtains might let you go all-out on a Disney Princess canopy bed.  

    If any of your children share a room with a sibling, choosing a theme may be more difficult. See if they can agree on a theme, but if they can’t, divide the room clearly so that they can split it between their interests. Playing the mediator now will help avoid future decorating disagreements.

    When redecoration day rolls around, help your child create the throw-away pile. Old furniture, clothing they don’t wear anymore, last year’s school assignments – get rid of these kinds of things so the room is closer to a blank slate. But when it comes time to doing the actual decorating, it might be time to step back. If they want to do it on their own, let them. Having a room they’re free to decorate however they want, free of your influence, is an important step in their independence.   


  2. My Room!

    Do you remember your childhood room? Sure you do. Whether it was a wonderzone of imagination and fun or a clothes-strewn mess, it was memorable. And now you have the opportunity to give your child a room as cool as they are. From room rules to décor choices, these tips will help you make sure your little one appreciates their room and respects the privileges that come along with it.

    Some kids move into their own bedroom as soon as they outgrow their crib. When your child is ready is your call, but once you decide to give a child their own room, make sure you can take the steps to make that room a safe and comfortable place. A first bedroom is a lot less lonely with a princess bed or some posters of their favorite characters, and a lot safer with a bed rail and socket protectors. Try to get a sense of what sorts of things your unique little one might like in their room – don’t deck the room out in Spider-Man if they seem more into Batman. For young kids, be sure to leave lots of floor space, which is ideal for playing and learning.

    Having their own room can be empowering for children, as they can feel in charge of what goes on in there. Even kids who share a room soon learn that they have certain spaces that are just for them. But with this empowerment comes responsibility. Make sure kids know your rules concerning cleanliness and lights-out time, and know the consequences should they fail to obey these rules. But don’t expect kids to put their things away if they don’t have organizers, bins, and hooks. Even something as simple as hand-drawn labels designating drawers and bins by what they contain can work wonders for organization.    

    The most important thing you can do for your child’s room is to help them make it a reflection of their uniqueness. Try some redecorating projects with your child once school lets out. If you have some leftover paint in the basement, enlist your child to help you come up with some fun patterns and repaint the walls together. Home décor projects with kids can be inexpensive and fun, and can sometimes outlast character-oriented décor that might be just a phase. If your child does want character décor, try and choose changeable touches like wall decals, which are easily removable. And be sure to provide the essentials: a workspace for homework and other projects, a comfy bed that’s appropriate for your child’s height and weight, fun lamps and lights, and a hamper.

    If you help your child create the ideal space to learn and play, they’ll learn more effectively and enjoy themselves all the more. And as fun as it may be to help your child decorate, make sure they can put in some touches of their own. It’s their room, after all, and they’ll always remember what made it theirs.