There is endless information available these days for parents raising children. While a lot of those expert opinions focus on development and education, sometimes a simple checklist for logistical tips can be just as useful.
Sure, there are books out there to tell you how to childproof your home. Generally, those suggestions are for newborns, not growing children. There are four kid-friendly items that every parent should have in their home.
Chances are that these items may not be what you would expect. Ranging from a door screen magnet to coat hooks, sometimes the smallest details can be the most beneficial.
- Magnetic Door Screen
A magnetic door screen may seem like a stretch in relation to a kid-friendly home, but it may end up being one of the best things to have with children! If you have an outdoor space like a deck or a patio, you will find coming in and out of that doorway creates a few problems that a magnetic door screen can eliminate.
Installing a magnetic door screen in your existing doorway or sliding glass door allows fresh air in, but keeps out any unwanted bugs, critters, or airborne allergens. This can be essential if your child suffers from allergies or asthma.
A door screen with magnets also eliminates the danger of a child running into a glass door that they cannot see very well. Even if they do run full force into a magnetic screen, nothing bad will happen and the magnets will close the screen behind them. There is also no risk of injury to a child’s fingers or feet. You also don’t need to worry about your child accidentally closing the door on your family pet.
The last huge benefit of a door screen with magnets is that parents can see through the mesh and keep a better eye on their children when they are playing. It also allows them to listen for any sounds or if their children are calling for them because it’s a screen versus a solid door.
A magnetic door screen may not be something you considered when making your home kid-friendly, but it’s a great addition and should be at the top of the list.
- Coat Hooks
A big part of being a parent is teaching children about daily life and tasks. Children learn and develop at different rates, and so do their motor skills and depth perception. It is understandable when a child reaches a certain age, they will want to attempt to do more things themselves – but may not be physically able yet.
A great example of this is a child putting away clothing, mostly their coats, hats, or mittens. Providing coat hooks in your mud room or doorway area is a great way to teach your child how to put things away when they are done using them.
By hanging a few coat hooks at a kid-friendly height, a child will feel a sense of accomplishment for being able to put away their coat by themselves. You’ll help your child develop good habits early, and at the same time, keep your entryway clutter-free.
- Kid Level Workspaces
Adding on to the benefits of coat hooks, which allow children to practice motor skills and responsibility for their things, kid level workspaces are the next step.
Children learn by watching adults and older siblings do things, and as we all know, children are eager to try things and do for themselves (even when they can’t yet). By having kid level workspaces. Ideally, the counters are at a comfortable height for your little one to stand or sit, but in full view of their parents.
A great place to have a kid level workspace is your kitchen. There’s no better way to get the necessary house tasks completed but still allow your child to be present with you in the same room and occupied with their own activity.
- Kid Friendly Paint
Kids are going to draw on the wall, it is inevitable. I think mostly we have all done it simply because we knew we weren’t supposed to. Eliminate the “problem” by creating a wall that is prepared specifically for a child to paint on it.
You can even go a step further and create a chalkboard wall! There are tons of useful guides online. Creating a space where children can be expressive, eliminates them from destroying other non-kid friendly areas of the home (usually).
Encourage your child’s creative side and give them the chance for expression in a space where they feel inspired because it’s been made just for them.
You can try these four simple tips and help make your home a kid-friendly, creative space for their minds to grow.