Creating a Healthy Home Environment for Your Kids

Creating a Healthy Home Environment for Your Kids
25 Apr 2022

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When you have kids, you want the absolute best for them. This applies to every aspect and area of their life. You want them to get a good education. You want them to be able to enjoy a range of hobbies and interests. You want them to have plenty of friends and good bonds with others. The list goes on. Now, one area that has a major impact on your kids’ lives and that you have a lot of control over is their home environment. As the old saying goes, home is where the heart is. The place your children live is a space where they should feel safe. Somewhere that they are comfortable. Somewhere that they can build all sorts of happy memories. But how can you achieve this? Here are a few suggestions that can help you with this goal!

Your Home

Start out by taking a look at your home and determining whether it is the space you had in mind for raising children in. Sure, we can’t all afford a mansion. But we can make the most of what we can afford within our budgets. A lot of parents – particularly new parents – find that their home is simply the space they lived in before they had kids and that their kids now live in too. But you should make sure that your property is family friendly and does provide your kids with everything they need to flourish. Start by consider bedrooms. Is your home big enough with sufficient rooms for your kids? Sure, sharing rooms can start out well while they’re younger, but as they grow, they will begin to want space of their own. If you need more space, you should start considering your options. There are two that suit most people. The first is to move home into a property with more bedrooms. This can be a stressful process, as the buying and selling or rental exchange process can be draining, time consuming and, sometimes, costly. But if you find a property that better suits your needs, it will be more than worth it. If you really love your home and don’t want to move – or can’t move for practical reasons such as proximity to your children’s school – you may want to consider renovations. Renovations can change the structure of your home to better suit your family. If you have space around your home, you could consider an extension. If you’re limited to the space you already have, you could consider a loft conversion, basement conversion or garage conversion. Just make sure to get planning permission before getting started.

Decluttering and Cleaning

A simple step that you can take to create a more positive home environment for your children is decluttering and cleaning. All of us are guilty of having a bunch of belongings that we neither want nor need. This is particularly true of those of us with children. Kids quickly outgrow toys and clothes and also tend to bring home all sorts of things that we don’t really need to hold onto. Decluttering can give your home an overhaul, clearing out belongings that are neither used nor hold sentimental value, and opening up space. A good declutter will create an environment that is comfortable and enjoyable to spend time in, rather than the stress and overwhelming feelings that come with clutter. Start by going through all of you and your children’s belongings. Determine which you actually use, which have sentimental value and which don’t tick either of these boxes. You can then take this third category and dispose of the items that are simply taking up space in your home. Sell items of value, donate items to charity stores and recycle those that aren’t of any use to anyone anymore. You should then invest in sensible storage solutions for the items that you do keep. Toy chests for toys. Some carefully constructed bookshelves for books. Drawers for smaller items. The list goes on. Once you have a clear home, it’s time to clean. Sure, we have routine chores that we follow. But a deep clean every once in a while will leave your home sparkling, hygienic and comfortable. Tackle tasks you usually miss, such as dusting high corners, deep cleaning the toilet or using a carpet cleaner on the carpets.

Safety

As adults, we have common sense in place through experience. We know what we should avoid and what we shouldn’t do in order to avoid injury or illness. But kids haven’t experienced enough of the world to know good ideas from bad ideas yet. This is why you need to take matters into your own hands and make sure that your home is a safe and secure environment for your little ones. There are plenty of guides and checklists out there to help you achieve this. Consider things like cupboard locks to prevent your kids from accessing cupboards and cabinets with medicine, cleaning products or plastic bags. Use hob locks to prevent your little ones from reaching up and turning the gas on. Window locks are advisable on high floor windows. You should make sure that blind cords are tied up and out of the way. The list goes on. Lots of small changes can drastically improve your children’s safety in the home.

Comfort

You want your home to be comfortable for your children. This is the space they’ll retire to after a stressful day at school or time out playing with friends. It’s where they’ll rest, relax and recuperate. There are, of course, countless ways to make your home comfortable for your little ones. The first is to make sure that they have their own space. You should respect their privacy within this space – making sure to knock their door before entering their bedroom and practicing different displays of consent in entering their space. You should also make sure that you have a comfortable shared space to spend time in, bonding and making memories. For most families, this is the lounge. Have a comfortable sofa and seating – sufficient for everyone to sit down – and consider plenty of cushions, blankets and other comfortable elements.

As you can see, there are so many areas you can focus on to create a healthy and happy home environment for your little ones. Hopefully, some of the suggestions outlined above will help you in this venture!

Cheers,
Big Daddy

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Craig Silva

Craig is a passionate and seasoned travel, food, and lifestyle writer, whose words paint vivid pictures of the world's most captivating destinations. His work not only inspires others to embark on their own adventures but also fosters a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world. He captures the essence of each locale, offering readers a glimpse into the cultures, landscapes, cuisine, and experiences that make travel so enriching. Craig is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA). If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

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