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In addition to this article, more information on feng shui can be found in my #1 best-selling book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense.
Ten Ways to Help You Create an Optimal Environment for Your Child
While most feng shui information pertains to adult living and working environments, children can also benefit by applying feng shui principles to their sleeping, studying, and playing areas. Below you’ll find great feng shui tips for making your child’s room a nurturing place of happiness and comfort.
1. Wall Color
Color choices are highly subjective, but one study shows that rooms that are painted bright yellow tend to increase tension. Babies cry louder, longer, and more often in bright lemon yellow rooms and adults tend to argue more often in rooms painted that color. Soft neutral wall colors are calming. Accent with brighter colors in bedding and artwork.
2. Bed Position
I’m always surprised at the odd ways adults position children’s beds in their rooms and then
wonder why their child has trouble sleeping. Just as in an adult bedroom, a child’s bed needs to be positioned so that they can see the door but not be in direct line with the door while lying down. Children under the age of ten often feel more comfortable when one side of the bed is pushed up against a wall rather than open on both sides.
3. Children’s Beds
Adults and children alike often sleep better in a bed that has a solid headboard with no holes or slats in the headboard. A headboard creates a feeling of comfort and security does not exist when the bed is pushed up against the wall without a headboard. Avoid beds made entirely out of plastic (like a plastic bed that looks like a car for example). Plastic off-gasses toxins which can be unhealthy for children.
4. Avoid Artificial Scent in the Home
There is a growing body of evidence that artificial air fresheners (think plug-ins, sprays, candles, potpourri, and reed scented sticks) have unhealthy side effects, especially in children. They have been linked to asthma, headaches, and immune deficiencies. If you like scent in your home, opt for diffusing therapeutic-grade essential oils like the ones I suggest in my newsletters. These products are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial and actually increase health and well-being when diffused in a room.
5. Provide Easy-to-Access Closed Storage Options
Very few children enjoy cleaning up after themselves. To make tidying easier for them (and you), provide plenty of storage choices. Kid’s toys are brightly colored and even when placed neatly can make a room look messy. Cabinets, shelves with a solid fabric draped over them, wicker baskets with lids and ottomans are great storage ideas for toys and books. A storage area under the stairs can easily be converted into a fun, cozy play area and a place for toys and games.
6. Air Purifiers
Air purifiers can be a great asset in a child’s room. Models are now made with hepa filters to remove dust and allergens from the air, and often have negative ionizer options which help with sleep and relaxation. The soft whooshing noise of the air purifier can also act as white noise to drown out other sounds that may be keeping your child awake. Keep the air purifier at least four feet away from the bed to reduce EMF exposure and do some research to find out which make and model might be best for your child’s needs.
7. Give your Child a Say in the Décor of their Room
Help empower your child by allowing them to have a say in choosing the décor of their room (within reason of course). Sites like art.com have wonderful artwork to choose from that you and your child can sit down and decide on together. Always choose artwork with positive images and meanings for a child’s room.
8. Don’t force a Study Area
Adults will often set up a study area for a child and then become frustrated when the child doesn’t want to use it. Before setting up a study area, find out from your child where they are most comfortable sitting and where they prefer to study. Study areas need to be free from distractions but also comfortable and pleasant.
9. Choose Furniture that Provides Safety
One of my friends was a pediatric emergency room nurse. She told me that the amount of children seriously injured by falling from bunk beds was astonishing. If your child uses a bunk bed, make sure it has appropriate railings on the open side of the bed and non-slip ladders to help avoid injury. Furniture with sharp edges and corners can also be hazards for children. Instead, choose furniture with soft, rounded edges. Make sure that area rugs have non-skid backing and that window blinds do not have cords that hang down and can cause choking.
10. Use Natural Materials and Images from Nature
Perhaps even more than adults, children are soothed by images and materials from nature. Make sure that your child’s environment includes natural materials, non-toxic plants and artwork of nature scenes.
Children are often more sensitive to their surroundings than adults. It is up to the adults in their lives to help provide them with environments that are safe, soothing, and nurturing. Feng Shui can go a long way in helping you and your child create a space that supports young bodies, minds, and spirits.
Copyright 2016, Cathleen McCandless, All rights reserved.