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Children who feel safe are more inclined to explore but less inclined to strike out. To keep everyone in your home in a safe space, create fun but limited space. Whether that means putting safeguards on your computer or turning off the internet at a certain time each day, you can create expectations and make it easier for your child to know what’s expected.
If your child loves to color and draw, invest in a few white poster boards and put a frame on a closet door. Load the frame with the white poster board and be ready to swap it out when full. Having a dedicated space where your little artist can always find a spot to draw should reduce the amount of crayon and marker you have to try to get off the wall.
Additional logical tools include a baby gate to keep children away from stairs or hazardous rooms. Be sure to fasten bookcases to the wall to keep your little climber safe. Set up a space where your child can easily manage their possessions, hang up their jackets, or put away their backpacks.
It’s very easy to get overloaded in today’s world. We’re constantly dealing with new information and may lose the ability to focus on just one thing at a time. As parents and as people, we need to be able to savor a single activity.
Turn off the television at the same time each evening. Do your best to eat meals together as a family. Encourage your children to build a love of reading by reading to them even before they can talk. Your child will learn to be soothed by your voice, to start to understand the difference between reality and fiction, and to enjoy the single sound of only one voice.
Consider keeping your home as reader friendly as possible. Create small nooks where a child who prefers a bit more privacy and quiet time can cuddle up with a book and enjoy the solitude. This is particularly helpful for older children if there are many siblings; the ability to take a break from being the oldest is a rare gift that you can give a child, particularly an older child who does a lot of care-giving.
Try to create a space outside where only your children can easily access it. Guests can enter when invited, but do try to create a space that is private. This may mean putting up a visual barrier to surround the whole yard. If you have an outdoor pool, make sure you have a way to fully surround it with pool fencing to increase safety.
If you have a swing set or jungle gym, consider putting down soft mulch if the grass under this space gets sparse. Another option is to put down some form of turf, but bare dirt will get messy if it rains. Carefully review the plantings around your entire yard to make sure that wasps and hornets aren’t getting a foothold on the property. Should your yard be a haven for those crucial bees, try to keep those plantings far from the jungle gym to avoid a painful or even dangerous experience.
Consider setting up game spaces outside for the days when swimming isn’t possible. Not every child enjoys getting wet, or can tolerate the process of cooling off from evaporation. Consider a small badminton net, an easily movable croquet set, or even a kid-friendly set of horseshoes.
There are many tools of adulthood that are extremely dangerous for children. If you have a firearm in your home, make sure it’s secured and consider storing the bullets in another spot with additional security. Do your best to police your lower cabinets so that children with access to them can’t get into
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One wooden spoon and many pots and pans can make a great drum set, but a single glass vase can become a serious hazard to your little one.
Making a space where your child can easily create their own fun will take some restrictions. The space where your child can safely find an age-appropriate book, play a challenging game that allows growth, or enjoy a fun craft without doing damage will contribute to the safety and calm of your home.