Given that children spend a third of their life in their bedroom, it is critical that this space reflect their true personality. The most obvious aspect to consider is that they are growing, exploring, curious, active, and unique and evolving into their true potential. How can you begin to create a space which can reflect all these needs?
If you keep finding your child in bed with you, then their room is not working for them. Soft, comfortable calming colors are best for a child room – colors that make them feel secure and comfortable, such as soft greens, muted blues or earth tones. Bright colors are good for playrooms but bedrooms need to be more subdued.
Their sleeping arrangement is also a very important factor. The goal is to align the child's bed so that they are sleeping in a “empowered position”, seeing the doorway to the room but not in direct alignment with the doorway. This arrangement will give them the feeling of security and comfort. We do not want the bed to be in direct alignment with the doorway, as the chi (energy) comes into the room, hits them in bed and will disturb their sleep patterns and they will opt for a more secure place- i.e. crawling into bed with mommy and daddy.
If two children share the same bedroom, try to create some form of separation to allow them to personalize and individualize their own area of the room. Designate a specific spot for each child such as a dresser, shelf, closet, or table. This will help identify each child's chi and teach them respect for other people's belongings. Children, just like adults, all need their own space. Sleeping under skylights, beams and shelves loaded up with books and puzzles is certainly not ideal. The pressure from above can give them headaches and disturb their night's rest.
EMF’s (electromagnetic frequencies) are unforgiving energies emitted by electronic devices. They also decrease the body’s production of melatonin, which is a hormone that regulates your sleeping patterns and moods. Arrange furniture so that your child’s body is at least 2 feet away from electronics such as computer, televisions, or gaming equipment. Better yet, store them in an armoire and close the doors during sleeping hours. In addition, television and computer screens are reflective surfaces and follow the same Feng Shui guidelines as mirrors. We prefer not to have mirrors in bedrooms, as they create yang energy, making the room too active. Additionally, if the mirror reflects them in the bed, they can become startled if waking up in the middle of the night. This will make them feel unsettled and once again will opt for the cozy comfort of squeezing between mommy and daddy.
Look at what your child sees every day. A happy family photo visible from the child's bed is comforting to see before they fall asleep and when they awaken. It reminds them they are part of a happy family when they are alone in their room. Posters of kittens, puppies and favorite cartoon characters are non-threatening and comforting for the little ones. Get to know the subliminal meaning behind the images in your teenager's room and play down any cool "negatives".
If your child is having an issue with focus or concentration, try to have their back to a wall when they are studying. This allows the child to have support so that he can sit there and study longer rather than a short attention span.
Creating a comfortable, harmonious bedroom makes for a good night’s rest. And a good night’s rest makes for a refreshed, healthy child.