Even though this discussion could open up the age-old debate about Nature vs Nurture, this article is more aimed at looking how a child’s direct environment, such as his/her bedroom can influence them on an emotional level.
According to the World Health Organization; ‘The first eight years will affect a child’s health, education and economic participation for the rest of her life. WHO notes that obesity, criminal behaviour, literacy problems and mental health issues can all be traced back to the early environment”. – Motherhood
It’s therefore tremendously important that we take note of the our children’s immediate surroundings. What are they gaining access and exposure to? Are there ways in which we can positively re-adjust or influence their surroundings to create a better emotional environment? As parents it’s our job to analyze their environment and make the necessary improvements to ensure a happy, healthy childhood.
What your child is exposed to will be what influences them. If you manage to create a calm room with lots of natural light and open, clean and organized spaces this will most definitely influence your little one. Instead of feeling physically and emotionally drained, the room will be a fortress, a safe-haven for your child to unwind. If they have a good relationship with their personal space, they will also be less reluctant to retreat to this space comes night-time or nap time.
Try to include educational materials and a learning environment within your child’s room. This way they might feel inspired to learn, create and explore. Books can be displayed in very creative ways and might even influence them to read, write and learn independently.
Innovation and Creativity
Growing up in a space that inspires creativity can do wonders for a kids imagination as well as their self-esteem. A child that is able to explore their ideas is more likely to feel stable on an emotional level.
Noise and Privacy
Even though your kids might adapt to chronic noise, it’s not the ideal setting to have them grow up in. A study done by Cornell University explains that children exposed to chronic loud noise also experience a rise in blood pressure and stress hormones. Try to create a personal space where they can escape the family “noise” and have privacy as well.
Responsibility and Respect
If you educate your children to take care of their belongings, they will start to respect it as well. Once they are accustomed to treat their own things with care, they are likely to do so at a friend’s house too. Your child’s immediate environment, such as his/her room is a good platform to teach them about responsibility and respect. Opting for a minimalist room will help them manage the order and not feel overwhelmed with possessions.
Let us know how you’ve experienced your child’s emotional development in their room and how certain features or items have been beneficial.