In my Family Friendly Interiors work, I often encounter families who want to create a playroom just for the children. When I hear this, I strongly urge them to reconsider. A room designated just for toys often goes unused. Children like to be where the action is. They like to be around their parents, even if they are playing parallel to their parents, they like to be near. Humans are social animals and we enjoy company.
Rather than a playroom, I recommend a library, a study, or a family room. There are many ways to create a space for each member of the family within each of these scenarios. A shelf or cabinet for children can be added in any of these rooms and creates a welcoming atmosphere for all members of your family. Creating space for a child to play in the same room where you are reading supports feelings of togetherness and connectedness, strengthening the family bond.
Another room where it is important to work together as well as parallel is the kitchen. The best way to encourage your children to participate in the kitchen is with a Learning Tower. Once we added the Learning Tower, my child was instantly invited to take part in food preparation and cleaning. I have made so many meals along side a dish-washing toddler. As they grow taller, we were able to lower the platform, keeping them engaged in a meaningful and purposeful way.
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