(Posted by a Guest Blogger, Rodney Warner) Creating a safe, kid-friendly home is a challenge to say the least. The typical, childless person leaves their valuables on display in all of their glory wherever they would like. Delicate fabrics and matte paints are immaculately ensconced with antique furniture and flowing draperies. Function is thrown haphazardly out of the window as form reigns supreme. A person with children, on the other hand, knows better than to even leave their car keys in view. Face it; items that can be seen are also in the sites of every child within climbing age.
- Give the Kids a Place to Play
One commonsense tactic of keeping an attractive home with children is to give them their own spaces within each room. No one wants to be constantly relegated only to the playroom or a bedroom; plus, most parents occasionally want to see their kids. So, make it okay for children to be in the living room by giving them a small table to color or craft on. Let that tall bookshelf hold gorgeous hardbacks on the top as it houses nifty wooden puzzles and kiddie books lower down. Allow musical pots and pans in the kitchen so that scribblers are not tempted to color on the cabinet doors. [Read more...]