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Strategies to help your children grow and learn without destroying your home.
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Families with young children often believe that they cannot
have the home of their dreams until their children are older. This is
especially true in families with more than one young boy. Some parents simply
throw up their hands and say that boys will be boys. But one wonders if this
really has to be the case or if there are some ways that parents can protect
their homes from the ravages of rowdy boys.
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers should not be left to
roam about the home by themselves. In addition, parents can do their boys a
favor by creating one or two spaces in the home that are specifically for the
boys to be rowdy in, such as a basement area where they can run and play ball
or even a family room with comfortable, older furniture that will not be
destroyed if there is a spill.
All children need to understand where the lines are drawn
and should have limits even from the age of toddlerhood. Pediatricians
recommend saying a simple “no” to infants and toddler boys who are touching
something that they should not touch. Then, parents should redirect the child
to something that he could be playing with, such as his toys or books. Boys should
know exactly what they are allowed to touch and where they are allowed to play
Windows are particularly in danger from rowdy boys who are
apt to throw balls through them. Limits should always be placed in the yard as
to where children are allowed to bike, play ball or run. However, because
accidents do happen, parents should know of a high-quality window replacement
option, such as Nu-Look
Glass & Aluminium Windows, which provides windows, doors and bi-fold
doors in the Perth region.
Instead of choosing flimsy pressboard furniture, which can
be unbelievably cheap, parents of boys should choose durable options that will
stand up to cleaning, water spills, nicks and dents. Some of the best options
are microfiber and leather upholstery and solid wood tables.
Slipcovers are a secret weapon against spills and stains.
They can be easily removed and laundered on a regular basis, protecting the
furniture beneath. Patterned slipcovers are especially good at hiding stains
and can be used over couches, chairs, beanbag chairs and duvets.
Despite a parent’s best efforts, accidents do happen, and boys
do get riled up from time to time. Parents will need to have grace-filled
attitudes that can deal with these little disasters without anger even if a
precious possession is destroyed. However, parents can also work on coming up
with ways to teach their boys the true value personal responsibility around the
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