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Helping Your Child Create Their Perfect Bedroom

Your child’s bedroom is important to them. It’s their refuge from the sometimes stressful world of being a kid. It’s their own personal space within a larger family space. It’s the place where they get a quality night’s sleep before a big day. It’s the place where they learn to care for their own space and keep things neat.

All of this is why your child deserves to have the bedroom of their dreams — within reason, of course. As a parent, it’s your job to set limits while helping your child embrace the task of creating and caring for their personal space. That’s a task that includes its fair share of challenges, which is why we’re here to talk about creating the right space for your child.

Shaping your child’s creativity

Your child has passions and interests, and those things should be reflected in their bedroom. Take the time to ask your child what they would like their room to look like. As they get older, they’ll probably have a clearer idea of what they want.

As a parent, your job is to shape and respond to your child’s priorities. Guide the discussion through the lens of what the room is for, which will get you more practical (but still personal) answers and ideas from your child. Then, help your child make their dreams a reality: shop for fun decor and bedding, help them put their favorite books and toys on display, and rearrange furniture with them.

Of course, not every idea your child has will be practical or healthy — which brings us to our next section.

Limits, lessons, and organization

Your child probably has plenty of ideas about what they want to put in their room. But they might be a bit shorter on ideas for how to store it.

You should invest in quality furniture that will make it easier for your child to store and display his or her belongings. Explain to your child that their room is their space, but that this is a responsibility: they need to keep that space clean, safe, and functional. Their big ideas for their room must fit the space and its storage capabilities, and they should know that they must keep the room clean.

Similarly, you can and should establish limits on your child’s bedroom. Decide if you want them to have screens and electronics in there ahead of time, and make your decision clear and final.

Don’t forget about sleep

Creating a fun living space for kids is all well and good, but don’t forget what the bedroom is actually for: sleep!

Kids need sleep — in fact, they need more of it than adults. A lack of sleep makes them tired, of course, and cranky (many parents know that all too well). But it can also hinder their critical thinking and hurt their performance in school. Poor sleep also hinders them physically, making them less energetic and less coordinated.

Your child may not make a mattress, sheets, and pillows a priority when they design their space, but you should. Make sure that you invest in quality bedding that encourages restful sleep. And make sure that the room can get dark enough for ideal sleep: good curtains to keep street lights or moonlight out could be a smart move.

Of course, this can be fun, too. Your child may be more excited to help you design their bedding if you choose fun pillows with their favorite designs and characters on them. When you collaborate with your child, you can create a great bedroom that encourages good sleep and healthy living, while being a ton of fun too.