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Children are the future in every sense of the world; they are the adults of tomorrow who will carry on long after we are gone. Although they are the future, it is still up to us today to create the best environment for them to grow and thrive, and become the kind of men and women we hope to see someday.
A large part of any child’s development comes from his surrounding environment. Various stimuli affect their development in ways science cannot yet explain, but every mother knows deep in her heart! We as parents are responsible to create a stimulating and exciting environment for our children to allow them to reach their best growth potential.
Many parents focus on stimulation and attractiveness, and do not pay enough attention to the most important factor in designing any children environment: safety.
The ideal environment for you and your child
An ideal environment for a child gives them plenty of room to grow and exercise their mental capabilities, while keeping them safe from dangers or hazards they can still be oblivious to. Creating a home for a child means building the foundation of their childhood memories, and we all know that these first few years is when we start understanding the world and forming emotional bonds to our safe spaces.
For us parents, the ideal environment is one that keeps our kids safe and is practical for us to live in with our children easily. Here are some guidelines you should consider when designing and furnishing your home.
Creating a safe and practical home
The key to creating a safe home is looking at it from the child’s point of view. Get down on your knees and forget all your inhibitions and try to see how the world looks from their eyes and at the reach of their hands. This is a simple but very effective way of putting yourself in your child’s shoes. Remember that your child has not yet gained the inhibitions that you have, and does not follow any house rules. Children are oblivious to hazards such as electricity, heights and heat, and it is your job to prevent them from knowing them the hard way.
Here are just some of the factors to look for when designing your home, but a smart parent knows that it is a never ending endeavor based on observation and preventive action!
- Sharp edges: One of the first things you should tackle is eliminating any sharp edges in your home. One of the leading children accident causes is hitting a sharp edge!
- Heights: Places such as stairs, steps and porches are where most accidents happen. Keep your children safe by keeping these areas under control and supervision.
- Windows and balconies: Children should not have the ability to position themselves in a dangerous position through any windows or balconies in your home.
- Heat and electricity: Any heating device (such as radiators) should be shielded and unreachable by children, and so is any electric equipment that can cause shocks.
- Clutter and storage: Remove any clutter from your home as it might present a hazardous environment for your child. Always provide enough storage space for all the children’s toys and items to keep the house clean and tidy.
- Hazardous devices and chemicals: Dangerous items (such as hairdryers, lighters, knives … etc.) should be kept away from children’s reach, as well as any drugs, chemicals or cleaning supplies they might ingest by mistake.
Here are some factors you should keep in mind when selecting furniture for your children.
- Safety: Safety is the most important aspect to look for when selecting furniture for your children. From bunk beds to cradles to drawers, every type of furniture must be carefully examined and confirmed to be safe and easy to use. Look for furniture that will not topple when your children try to climb it!
- Fun and enjoyment: The purpose of furniture is to provide comfort and enjoyment to your children.
- Size: Acquiring furniture that is child sized will give more comfort and appeal to your children, and make them more comfortable and confident.
- Durability and ease of cleaning: Children are messy and playful, and they are bound to stain furniture and subject it to brutal usage! Sturdy furniture that is easy to clean will prove an asset!
- Toxins, paints and coatings: Make sure that your furniture is not covered in any toxic material! Children can try to bite or chew on many items in your home.
- Flexibility and multipurpose: As your children grow, their needs and tastes will change, and it will be very helpful if your furniture can accommodate the changing needs of your children. Try to avoid items that are too delicate or too expensive, and go for items that are easily replaced or adapted to new roles.