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We all know how difficult children can be. Instead of constantly hearing endless pleas to take them outside, you could actually make them want to stay at home by making some changes to your own home. Here are some ways you could do so, sorted according to different rooms:
1. Create a lively living room
No need for any major changes such as bright wall colours or whacky room structures that you are bound to regret. Add a whimsical touch to your living room by adding a teepee for your children to play in. The teepee can also be a pseudo camping tent when camping outdoors is too much trouble to handle. Have a campfire with roasted marshmallows in the comfort of your own home!
A large cushion or bean bag chair is also another good addition to the living room. Let your children feel special when they are given a personal space to sit on when watching television together as a family.
2. Make bedrooms comfortable
Make sure your children are comfortable where they sleep. Allow their rooms to provide them solace by adding a large chalkboard for them to doodle on. Not only is this an avenue for them to develop their creativity, but this also prevents them from damaging your clean walls.
Built in beds
Instead of normal beds, built in beds helps to create a more homely environment. Besides, a built in bed also fashions additional storage spaces, great for those with small bedrooms.
Wall decals are perfect especially if you are not willing to paint the walls in a colour that your children will grow out of soon. Decals have the flexibility of having different prints and designs from time to time to suit your children's usually fickle nature.
3. Organise the playroom
Colour coordinated storage for toys
Create an enriching and nurturing environment at home by encouraging your children to clean up after their mess with colour coordinated storage boxes for toys. The colours will not only help to stimulate their thinking ability and development, it also draws them to the boxes which in turn will help them to develop the good habit of keeping their toys in place.
Help your children nurture a love for reading by creating a reading corner for them to read their favourite books. Be sure however to constantly replace the titles with new ones as children are easily bored by repetitions.
4. Enhance the bathroom experience
Create a fun theme
Make bathrooms experiences more delightful with fun themes your children will love. Add colours or or prints to conventional bottles and jars in your bathroom to make bath time more entertaining.
A helpful tip to keep your rooms and children organised is to add name labelled hooks for an individual and personal touch. This way, your children will more likely hang their clothes more instinctively rather than leaving their used items all over the place.
5. Include children in the kitchen
Let your children have their own cook-offs by getting them a kitchen to play with. This will also keep them occupied when you are too busy for them. (Such practice might also come in handy in the future when you need help in the kitchen!) Additionally, improve their mathematics by letting them "shop" for groceries at home and telling them to count the total cost of their purchases.
Get cooking in the kitchen together
Engage in fun activities together such as baking sessions or attempting recreations of their favourite dishes in a different style However, be sure to keep dangerous kitchen tools out of their reach and only allow them to handle the easier tasks such as moulding and assembling.
Feed the fussy eaters
For the fussy eaters out there — create healthy meals without having to force feed them by adding more variety and colour to the plate. Disguise the greens in interesting shapes or attempt an imitation of their favourite characters.
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