I did a really fun thing yesterday, well, ok the actual work part was not so much fun but the end result was great. I completely reorganized the kid’s room!! I know, I know, there’s nothing earth shattering about that but what it produced was really cool and worth sharing.
Mackenzie and Teagan share a room, so it’s always a challenge to keep the toys organized and having it look like a bedroom instead of an explosion of pink, purple and primary colors. Since Mackenzie is in the 3rd grade she has regular homework everyday and her room was not a place where she could go to concentrate. So she was relegated to the kitchen table, which is fine, except that I have a daughter that is extremely prone to getting distracted and having the family milling about in her work area certainly didn’t help.
I decided it was time to make a change so I got on the internet and went on the hunt for the perfect desk. Something that was fun, reasonably priced, well made and that she wouldn’t outgrow anytime soon. It arrived a couple of days ago so yesterday I went to work. I moved everything around so that it made more sense and thus giving her a dedicated area for her desk. She got involved in the project with me, which gave her ownership, and Teagan ran around and did her best to make a mess in each area we had just finished organizing!! Gotta love a two year old.
In the end Mackenzie was over the moon about her “new” room and sat down promptly to start her homework. She was actually able to finish it without any meltdowns (yay!) and was beaming until she collapsed in bed. Now, I don’t expect her to jump for joy everyday hereafter when it’s time to sit down for homework, but what it does give her is a special place that is her own where she can concentrate and stay focused because she likes being there, it’s organized and it’s away from the rest of the family. Very important when you have a high energy child that gets easily distracted.
So in short, create a space for your child if you can that is just for them. It could be for school work or it might be a little space carved out for play. I believe it fosters creativity and I’m always for that!
Tell me how you’ve carved out spaces for your kids and how they respond to it in the comments!