I have learned how to adjust our spaces over the years. I’ve also learned how to adjust my perspective on our kids’ spaces and my hopes for them. Our children are now ten and twelve, and what they need in a creative space is different from what it was in the earlier years. At every age, I want them to feel they belong in our family areas and to know they have a personal area that encourages them, gives them comfort, and shines a light on their personalities.
I believe that every home with kids should have a space where the children feel truly welcomed to come as they are and grow into who they are to become. A place where their imaginations can fly freely, where they feel grounded in love and security. When we design a room or an area that inspires children to create and learn as they grow, we nourish who they are as individuals.
When you read the term “kids’ space,” is your first vision a messy room with germ-covered toys strewn corner to corner? I am here to help you claim a different vision—a much better one! I made that shift, and now I freely take steps to create places that foster my children’s dreaming, playing, and opportunities to get lost in make-believe moments. And for a double win, I want that space to inspire me to embrace childlike joy, creativity, and the sense of possibility.
Kids’ spaces don’t have to be defined by their messes. Instead, let’s define them as zones that give them permission to be kids. What could be more important? The area might be a cheery corner. in your living room, their bedrooms, or a playroom if you’re lucky enough to have the space.
Having a place to thrive and discover who we are provides comfort we all seek. Our kids long for that even if they can’t put it into words. Designating a space where they can become who they are and celebrate their likes and dreams will, in turn, give us parents a little sanity through the messes and wild adventures that parenting can bring. Our homes are meant for living in, not being on display. Trust me, there have been plenty of times when I’ve had to remind myself to let them be little, to take a deep breath and focus on their excitement as they explore and learn in the safety of our home. I wouldn’t trade that for anything . . . even a house that is tidy 24/7.
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Bre Doucette is the author of the Gift of Gathering and the Gift of Gathering Planner. Bre welcomes others into her heart and home through her popular decorating blog Rooms for Rent.