Written by Jacqueline De’Ath
Decorating our homes is an important process. It allows us to express who we are, what it is we love and surround ourselves with things that make us happy and inspire us. It’s the things we put in our home that turn it into our “home sweet home”. However, did you know this is not only true for us as adults, but for our children as well? That’s right, decorating your child’s bedroom can be a huge factor in helping to raise their self-esteem, overall confidence and sense of connection and belonging.
In fact, by building a room around a child’s specific character, as well as their likes, interests and the things they love, you are saying to them: “You matter. Your voice matters. Who you are matters”. For example, if your daughter really loves the color pink, and happens to be really into painting art (even if it is still just finger painting at this stage), creating a room for her that has pretty, pink, pillows or a nice pink wall colour, and also showcasing her art by hanging it in frames on her walls, ultimately helps her honour who she is. You are helping her to begin putting together the building blocks that will make up her identity. You are reminding her that what she likes is important and valued — what she identifies as being a part of herself — is special and worth celebrating.
Furthermore, decorating your child’s bedroom to include various special keepsakes (like achievement plaques, a first stuffed animal, family pictures, etc.), helps them to see that not only are they supported for who they are today, but for who they have been since they time they came into your life.
Also, adding wall decor with their names, (whether first, last or initials), has shown to have a huge beneficial impact on children as well. By placing their name in their space, you show your child that it is a space truly dedicated to them, a place that has been set aside as theirs to grow in. Thus, your child will not only feel supported, but this will also begin to foster a real sense of belonging in them as well.
It is important to incorporate your child into the actual decorating process as much as possible as well. If you have a younger child, give them the opportunity to make choices of what goes in their room, between a few decorative pillows, or letting them choose what to feature on their shelves or bookcase. Also let them choose a few of their favorite toys to enter this space. On the other hand, if you have a slightly older child, ask them what color they want the room to be, have them help you hang the wall art, ask them where they think the furniture should go, etc. The point is to really help your child feel that it is their special space you are creating with them, for them.
Clearly a child’s bedroom decor can have a positive impact on their lives. However, don’t worry if you don’t have a large space for your child, or if they share a room. The concept carries over no matter how small the space. For example, if your child is sharing a bedroom, try getting them some bedding that they picked out and hang their name in pretty wooden letters above their bed. The point is not to fill as much space as possible with the things your child likes, but to fill the space that can be set aside for them specifically with things that encourage them to continue discovering themselves, while also feeling loved and a deeply rooted sense of confidence and belonging.
Decorating your child’s room has an impact on their growth and development, and as they grow, they will remember the fond memories of their space and have the confidence to know that they are supported as they learn more about themselves, their likes, interests and character. Kids rooms are a special space to be honored in a home!
Jacqueline De’Ath is an Elite Mompreneur member based out of British Columbia, and is the owner of Homeworks Etc. Kids, where she is able to showcase her passion to design – specializing in decor for kids, by offering custom décor options, room decor packages and DIY Workshops, ultimately narrowing the gap between DIY and Designer.
Jacqueline is also a Top Finalist for the 2017 Mompreneurs Momentum Award!
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