Quick tips for organizing your child’s playroom

                                                  

One of the biggest challenge you’ll have with kids is to keep your home and particularly the child’s play room organised. Sometimes you’ll see only toys and toys everywhere and you’ll be held up with cleaning the mess in the playroom. But you know what, organizing a child’s playroom is not as difficult as one might think if you maintain an organisational system. Below are some quick tips for organizing your child’s playroom.

View the organisational system from your child’s level.

 

First thing you need to keep in mind is that you’re organizing the playroom for your child. So you got to make it easy for them. Use storage bins that are not too tall and keep the storage items low to the ground for easy access. And put his/her favorite toys within sight.

 

Label everything

Labelling drawers will ease in finding toys. It is preferred to use picture labels so it’s easier for kids to identify what toys go where.

Storage is the key

Pack small items like puzzle or board game units in zip-lock bags. And use big bowls for holding crayons and other colours. Once the child is done playing, have them toss their stuff into respective storage bins. This keeps the floor un-scattered.

 

Use see-through bins

Sort toys into see-through boxes for easy visibility and place it on shelves that the child can reach. These translucent storage boxes will let the child find her toys easily.

Display your child’s work

It is always nice for children to see that they have done. Use clipboards to display their art work. And make a chalkboard wall to capture your kid’s doodles.  This can become a source of creative expression that kids will love to see.

Zone the playroom

Separate play equipment into different zones. Creating different zones for different activities will help you find the play tools easily and store them back easily.  Say soft toys in the net, storage table for colouring and drawing tools and bins for puzzle and board games etc.

Clear some space

The best way to get space is to remove everything that’s not in use. Throw out all the broken, missing pieces then work with the child to know what toys he/she doesn’t like to play with so you can look for donating a few. Make de-cluttering a regular practice because as children grow, they outgrow their toys and you can keep clearing off some space.

Pitch in kids for playroom cleaning

Tame your kids to put up their toys or paints or books at the end of playtime. To keep kids work in the same way, make cleaning a chore and hang a chore rating chart in the playroom. Give stars each day for completing the cleaning task and end the play with everything in place.

Toddlers, preschoolers and battling monster fears

                      

It's normal for young children to be fearful, particularly of the nigh-time. 50% of the children of the age group 3-6 year are affected by fears. Toddlers and preschoolers are commonly fearful of the dark, dogs, meeting new people etc. This is because they see these figures as frightening. Know that your child has to go through this anxiety to cope up with these new experiences. Most of your child's fears will fade as he/she is better able to distinguish between reality and fantasy.

Tips to help your child battle monster fear:

1.      Acknowledge your child’s fears. Toddlers often become scared of the dark when they imagine scary figures. 

If he/she is scared to sleep in the dark room, find out what’s really scaring your child. Hold your child’s hand and look around if there is something casting a scary shadow or making noise in the room. Don't dismiss or laugh at him/her.

2.      Be your kid’s no.1 fear-fighter. If your child is afraid, reassure him/her that you are there to protect him. Communicate to your child that he/she is in a safe place.

3.      Be aware of what your toddler is exposed to. Young children are highly active in imagination henceforth the threatening figures they are exposed to on television is mixed with the reality. Some children’s movies and stories are filled with monsters outrageously misrepresented. So choose what you are watching wisely.

4.      Don’t use the scare tactic. Using monster as a threaten to make your child obey you will make the matter worse

5.      Storytelling as a therapeutic tool. At bed-time engage your preschooler in some non-terrifying stories which will shift his/her attention to a good bed-time imagination.

6.      Add some light. Have a dim night-light in your child’s bedroom so it’s not totally dark. Alternately leaving the bedroom door open so your child is able to see other rooms and some light in the hall makes him/her feels secured.

7.      Explain and explore. Expose children to shows/storylines which ends with making friends with monsters or conquering the monster. This will help your child change his/her attitude towards the monsters. Art is also an amazing communication tool. Your child’s preschool can be really helpful to make friendly version crafts of monsters seeing which the child will feel braver.

8.      Pretend play. Pre-schoolers are often able to overcome anxiety by pretend playing with friends. If your child is terrified of monsters, try role-playing Halloween which will be fun rather than frightening. Letting the child dress up as monster and creating a goofy set up around where he/she gets to see his/her friends as ‘not-so-scary’ monsters,  will help him/her feel empowered. The whole experience will make the child believe that monsters can’t harm you.

9.      Banish bed-time fears by giving a comfort object. Both toddlers and pre-schoolers can get a great deal of comfort with a security object; be it a blanket or a toy. Let your child clutch the comfort toy while sleeping so he/she feels relaxed throughout the night.

10.  Be a role model. As parent you need to be mindful of the message you are sending to your child by your actions. If your child sees you becoming afraid of something he/she's likely to feel scared of the same thing. What you can do instead is confess your fear and tell her how you learned to overcome it.