Creating good Feng Shui for your child helps set them up with a positive life trajectory right from the start, with purposeful adjustments that lead to a nurturing sense of flow, comfort and ease. See the children and Feng Shui check list by New York based, Ann Bingley Gallops
In fact, Feng Shui is essential in childhood because it can have such a positive effect on a child’s journey to a happy and successful life path. Here is a check list of adjustments to make to your child’s bedroom, study and play areas, to help you create a positive, healthy environment for them to grow in.
Your Child’s Bedroom
Feng Shui recommends starting in the bedroom because every child spends so much time here. Dedicating this room to quiet play, sleeping, and dreaming helps a child develop and grow into his or her full potential.
Place the bed correctly
Placing the bed in the “Commanding Position” gives your child the best chance at a good night’s sleep and sense of control. This placement gives the sleeper in the best overall view of the room: diagonally across from and facing the doorway is best. Young children benefit from having one side of the bed against a wall for a sense of security and protection. Older children do best with the head of the bed against the wall in the Command Position, and space on either of the bed.
Calm paint colors
Soft greens and blues stimulate growth while creating a sense of serenity. Use primary colors and busy patterns sparingly.
Your child loves to be reminded of the affection and support of her family. Display a few current family pictures, making sure they stay as up to date as possible.
A child sized mirror
Mirrors help get a child off to a good life start by creating positive a body image and self-esteem. The mirror should reflect at least the upper half of her body; it should be clear glass, not an antique, fractured or smoky mirror that might create a less-than-positive impression.
The damaging effects of overexposure to electronics go from anxiety and stress to illness and nerve damage. Shield your child as much as you can by keeping bedroom electronics to a minimum, getting into the habit of keeping these items in a study or play area. Any electronics that remain should stay at least 36” away from a sleeping child’s head or feet, since these are the main entry points for energy into our bodies.
Just as children sleep best in a room that’s dedicated to rest, a dedicated study space encourages them to focus on schoolwork, hobbies and other interests. Here are some other ways you can bring beneficial Feng Shui to your child’s study area:
- Hang up their achievement certificates. These are best located in a prominent place where they can be easily seen and appreciated.
- Give him bulletin board so he can proudly post his own artwork, photos and other fun souvenirs.
- If the desk is up against a wall, place a small mirror on the wall above the desk that reflects activity behind them. This helps her to focus more on the task at hand rather than wondering what’s happening behind her back!
You can reduce your child’s stress level by locating study and active play areas separately from the bedroom. If this is impossible, set up the space so that active areas can be truly “shut down” (eg covered up or closed off) at night when it’s time for rest.
Manage “Poison Arrows”
Does your child sleep or study with any sharp corners pointed at him? In Feng Shui these are considered poison arrows, sharp angles that point at you from a near distance, creating an invisible but powerful and harmful sense of stress. Poison arrows can get in the way of a good night’s sleep, peaceful study time and more. Take a look – is there a table whose sharp corners point at your daughter’s head as she sleeps or studies? Solutions include replacing it with a rounder one, or covering it with a piece of cloth to blunt the sharp effect of the corners.
In Feng Shui everything in your child’s (and your own!) environment is meaningful. Take the time now to establish a supportive home base for the exciting life journey ahead. You and your family will be glad you did.
Article/Image Source: A Check List for Creating a Healthy Children’s Room