I’m constantly thinking of ways to change and adapt my home. I’m sure you do too. But if I’m honest, I would have to admit that the changes I make benefit me, not my children. Nor my family as a whole. If you’re thinking about making improvements to your home, you should keep your children in mind. This is your chance to make the home safer and a better place for them to live. Or, frankly just a lot more fun. There are plenty of changes that you can make to your home that will benefit your children and we’re going to look at some of them right here. But before we do, it’s important to think about the questions you always need to ask before changing your home.
These are how much is it going to cost, how long will it take and can I afford it? It’s always a good idea to make a budget for changes that you want to make on your home. That way, you can make sure you don’t go over the fixed amount that you can afford to spend. When creating a budget, take into account the difficulties that you could encounter during the process. It might take longer than expected or you may need attentional help. If you’re buying items or technology, it could be more expensive than you assumed. This is why you should always arrive at an exaggerated estimate. That way, you’ll take into account all these little issues.
I think there are three ways you can change the home for your children. You can make it safer, more fun or more comfortable. Let’s look at each of these possibilities in turn.
I have to admit, I constantly worry about the health and safety of my family. Are they getting enough fruit and vegetables, is my home secure and am I doing enough. The truth is that your home probably is safe enough for your children. I’m sure you’re doing a lot to protect them but that doesn’t mean you can’t do more. Let’s think about security first of all.
What is the security like in your home? You might be quite relaxed about home security and I wouldn’t blame you. If you live in a nice neighbourhood, it’s easy to think that you would never have to worry about an attempted break in. But be careful making this assumption. It might be the night that you leave your front door unlocked that a burglar is paroling your street. Don’t forget, if a burglar finds an open door or unlocked window, they are not breaking and entering. It’s a legal loophole that’s left many families in trouble.
Of course, it might not be enough just to think about looking your doors at night. You might also want to add additional security features. It may seem like overkill but you could put security cameras on your home. This will act as a deterrent and will hopefully stop burglars considering breaking in. You just have to be careful when putting up cameras. In some states, it’s illegal to put up a camera that records another person’s property. But this is easily avoidable by altering the angle and the range. Break-ins aren’t the only thing you need to worry about when thinking about the safety of your home.
Do you let your children drink from the tap? This might be more dangerous than you realise. Tap water is cleaned with a chemical called fluoride. It’s a substance that is found in toothpaste. Ever wondered why you’re not supposed to swallow toothpaste and instead spit it out? This is largely due to the chemicals present, the same chemical is present in your tap water. Fluoride has been linked to lower IQ scores in children as well as several other health issues. Instead, you might be best investing in a water filter. These are more expensive but it might be worth the cost.
You should also consider the air in your home. Again, you may not realise this but it’s easy to forget that home air is filled with pollutants. This could be dust particles, hairspray chemicals or deodorant. You may think these chemicals naturally leave the air but in homes, they often linger. Particularly, if you don’t have a good air conditioning system. To account for this, you could purchase a home air purifier. An air purifier cleans your air, getting rid of the nasty substances present. It’s also useful for a room with poor insulation to stop the development of dampness.
Fun And Games
I’ve probably scared you to the point you’ve already scheduled a doctor’s appointment for your children. So let’s look at some fun home improvements. There are plenty of ways you can make your house more fun for your kids. It’s a little cold right now to start thinking about summer. But we’ll be there before you know it and around that time, you could always purchase new outdoor activity sets. For instance, you could buy a climbing frame for your backyard. These frames cost around five hundred and are well worth it for the hours of play your kids will kid.
Alternately, you could think about building a home swimming pool in your backyard. You might be thinking about that spending budget right about now. I would guess a home swimming pool would cost you a couple of grand. But think about how much fun you’ll have with it for years to come. Before you make this decision, do take maintenance costs into consideration. As pool owners will tell you, it’s not the building costs you need to thinking about. It’s the money you’ll spend to keep it clean and working effectively. Although I still think it’s a great possibility that you should certainly consider.
Perhaps you’re looking for ways to keep your kids happy on those rainy days? I’ve got a few ideas. You could set up a messy playroom in your home. A messy playroom won’t cost much at all. You just need to clear out a spare room in your house. Then, lay down some old papers or sheets on the floor and cover the walls. Or, better yet lay down an easy to clean floor surface. Once you’ve done this you can fill the room with different activities like paint and playdough. Basically, anything and everything that you’ve had to clean up at some point in another area of the house. When the rain starts to fall, you can send the kids up to the mess room for a couple of hours. This type of activity is also beneficial as it boosts children’s creative development.
Maybe you want to think about investing in a home improvement that benefits the family as a whole? I can’t think of a better option than a home entertainment room. A home entertainment room can be anything you like. But I’d recommend at least purchasing a big screen TV, surround sound and a player. That way, you can settle down with your kids and watch films on a Friday night. It will feel just like going to the cinema if you get the right kind of set up. Why stop there? If you have enough space you could also get other fun family devices like a karaoke machine. With a little money and a lot of imagination you can design a room that your whole family will love.
Ah, I’ve reached the last option and that’s how to make your home more comfortable for your children. Again, we’ll look at some technology because I’m thrilled with what you can now buy for comfort. You could get your kids a smart bed each. Smart beds are incredible. They will measure sleeping patterns and then adjust so that your kids get the best rest. Any parent knows the importance of a good night sleep for children. Particularly, in the early years of school. This is your chance to guarantee they get exactly what they need.
Or how about a smart home control for your house? A smart home control allows each room to be altered to match the needs of an individual. The latest systems actually learn your needs. So while you might love a toasty room, your child may want their bedroom a little colder. The smart control allows this, adapting to your family’s every need.
Finally, you could think about a home change that could benefit everyone. You could buy some new furniture for the rooms in your home. Kids will love this idea just as much as you. Take them shopping and involve them in the decision. They’ll be thrilled that you are including them in the choice of restyling your home. Then you’ll have some new comfy chairs to sit in when you watch those movies on a Saturday night.
I hope you like these home improvement ideas. I know that some are serious and others are more about fun, but that’s the point. You can improve your home however you like, so why not do both? That way, you’ll be covering every angle for the happiness and health of your kids.