Why should adults only have a comfortable home office? Children need office space to do their homework, class projects, or Internet research, so why not create a space that will be conducive for your child’s ideas and creativity to soar? Parents assume that the kids can use the same space to do their work, but that’s not necessarily so. Children love colors and all things child-like. In order to design your child’s home office, parents need to think like a kid. So with that in mind let’s start to put together a child’s home office. Oh! Don’t forget to allow your child to assist in pulling together their home office.
An accent wall would be great to identify your child’s home office space. Choose soft, calming colors like a light sea green, light blue, a soft yellow, etc. A nice wall paper would be nice as well.
Be creative when picking out your child’s office furniture. Think out-of-the-box when it comes to seating, storage, re-purposing, and more. Choose non-traditional knobs for your child’s desk drawers. Make sure your child’s book shelves are colorful. Don’t forget furniture placement; place your child’s desk near a power socket and near a window. Natural light is a plus. A colorful area rug can help to anchor your child’s office space. Re-purpose some old furniture and make it fun and funky; remember the three R’s: Re-spray, Re-upholster, and Re-imagine!
Office supplies can be fun and functional. Colorful staplers, colorful hole punch, colorful staple remover, colorful container to keep paper clips, sticky notes and the like. Computer, Laptop, Tablet, Notebook, Reading Device, Printer – this is where the child can choose their device of choice, and choose the color of it as well.
Don’t make the lighting of your child’s home office boring. Get some graphic lighting; look for different shapes for lighting.
Make sure your child has the proper resources such as a dictionary, a thesaurus, Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms, a book of the most misspelled words. Different books on writing styles such as APA Style (American Psychological Association), MLA Style Manual (Modern Language Association), Kate Turabian, Chicago Manual of Style, or Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style.
Hanging photos to accent your child’s space is a must. Don’t use a hammer and nails to hang pictures, use 3M Command Strips that stick to the wall, yet can be easily removed. Allow your child to pick their wall art. Make the accessories for your child’s home office whimsical.
Respect Your Child’s Home Office
How? By returning items that family members borrow. Here’s a tip, have a clipboard hung on the side of your child’s desk, and on the clipboard have a sheet of paper with your child’s home office name with the following columns:
- Name of the Borrower
- Item borrowed
- Date of borrow
- Date borrowed item was returned (put a time limit on when items need to be returned, i.e., at the top of the sheet, put – “Any items borrowed MUST be returned within 24 hours. Thank you!”)
When family members borrow items he or she is to fill out this sheet so your child will know who borrowed what, from their home office and when the item was borrowed. This log of borrowed items can be reviewed by your child on a daily basis – this practice is a great start for a child learning to be responsible for their own things.
A child’s home office is a great idea, and encourages a child to use their space. A child’s home office shows that Mom and Dad validates a child’s creativity, gives a child control over their own work area, and gives him or her a glimpse of real world work spaces minus the whimsical features. Also, don’t forget to name your child’s home office with a hanging sign, e.g., Gregory’s Office or Abigail’s Office.
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