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Every Parent Should Read These 10 Tips to Brighten Their Kids’ Rooms

Every Parent Should Read These 10 Tips to Brighten Their Kids’ Rooms

Whenever we hear the term home refurbishment in today’s age, our thoughts are instantly drawn to large scale and Eco-friendly modifications such as home insulation and the installation of solar panels.

Refurbishing your home can also include a range of smaller and simpler tasks, however, such as redecorating your child’s or bedroom or simply infusing it with additional color or character.

This can be achieved in an incredibly fun and cost-effective manner, while also crating a unique environment for your children to inhabit. Consider the following steps towards achieving this: 

1. Let your Children Decorate their Own Rooms

The quickest, easiest and, most certainly, the cheapest way of brightening up your child’s room is to get them to do it themselves! This does not necessarily mean letting them loose with tins of paint, brushes and rollers, of course, but instead affording them a degree of creative input while also guiding their decision making.

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    2. Hang up a growth chart

    Growth charts are a useful way to decorate your children’s room. After all, your little ones love to see how tall they are getting and they are a helpful way for you to keep track of their development. There are many fun themed growth charts on the market, or you can easily make a really personal one of your own.

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      3. Utilize Nightlights and Reading Lamps

      Lamps are another great way of brightening up a child’s bedroom. You no longer have to get the usual plain light, as they now come in some cool aesthetic designs and a host of unusual shapes and sizes.

      Some of the more ingenious ones include the memory balloon floating light which is, as the name suggests, a brightly colored and distinctively shaped light that can be attached to either the ceiling or the wall.

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        4. Use Wall Mounted Lighting

        On the topic of unusual lighting, why not invest in wall mounted fittings that can cast variable and subtle shades of light in your child’s bedroom? There are some spectacular floral designs that come in a range of colors, meaning that your child can enjoy various tones to suit their decor.

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          5. Incorporate Learning Tools

          If your child is having difficulty remembering their alphabet or perhaps getting muddled with their math, the interior of their room could be the key to helping them. You could not only brighten their room but you could also help them to learn their letters and numbers organically over time.

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            6. Adorn the Walls with Monograms or Printed Letters

            On a similar note, you may also want to incorporate letters or monogrammed images in a more creative manner in your child’s bedroom. These can be adorned on the walls to spell out specific words or your child’s name, while you can also use a range of fonts and colors to infuse additional character into the room.

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              7. Use Wall Decals to Add Color and Texture

              If you are keen on adding further texture your child’s bedroom, you could incorporate stencils or wall decals. Wall decals are essentially stickers that are made from vinyl and designed to be secured on smooth, interior walls.

              They offer a smooth, malleable surface that that can be decorated or embellished with different colors and textures, while there are others that include specific imagery if required.

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                8. Develop a Fun and Innovative Design Theme

                If your child has a favorite television show or cartoon character, these can be used as inspiration for a fun and engaging interior design theme. Even if your child does not have a preferred television show or carton icon, you can invest in universally popular concepts such as a blue and sea creature inspired underwater theme or a sporty design that includes the colors of your child’s favorite team.

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                  9. Install a Chalkboard Wall for an Evolutionary Design

                  A chalkboard wall is an excellent addition to your child’s room, as it is simple to create and can be adapted to suit your child’s changing needs.

                  To create this, you simply need to apply erasable and washable chalkboard paint to a smooth surface, before embellishing this with a painted border, some decorative molding and of course your child’s drawings!

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                    10. Create a Mural with Super-sized Photography

                    If you decide to avoid adorning your child’s walls with custom drawings or paint, you may want to enlarge your favorite family photographs and use these to create a super-sized mural.

                    These can reflect natural images of you and your children at play, while creating a unique interior that provides an inspiring backdrop for your child’s upbringing.

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                      Featured photo credit: Home Designing via cdn.home-designing.com

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                      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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