“I’m a good parent; of course I want my kids to study and do their homework just… does it really have to play havoc with the rest of the house when they do?” Sound familiar? Thought so, let’s face it- your child’s idea of conscientious study involves hanging himself over the back of the sofa and reading upside down, crisps in one hand, cola in the other. The TV is booming and the mobile is like a hotline. They’ve taken you for a fool, they know it, you know and pretty soon their teachers will know it as this is not the way to get straight A’s. If you have wracked your brains and still not found a solution to this extremely common problem then today both questions and prayers alike will be answered in one fantastic article!
What is needed here is a separate area from the rest of the house that A. keeps the rest of the home from turning into a war zone and B. indicates to your children that it is time to study. Most of us don’t have the luxury of extra rooms knocking about around the house so the best place to house a study is usually in their bedroom.
To ensure the study area meets your child’s needs:
1. Pick up furniture that will last. Cheap furniture may be tempting but it is false economy. Children and teenagers are notoriously hard on furniture, so a solid, well-constructed desk or book shelf will be worth the investment, especially if you have more than one child or plan on having more. Make certain the surface of the desk has a non-glare finish and that the desk is big enough to be comfortable without overwhelming the space.
2. Choose colours carefully. The shade of colour you use to paint a room is proven to have a direct effect on mood. A bright colour may be inspiring and keep your children bright and alert, however it may also make it hard for them to settle down and concentrate on their homework. A gentle green is said to be the ideal colour for concentration- and it is said to be the colour chosen by geniuses!
3. Think comfort. Just like in the adult work place, a comfortable worker will be a productive worker. Cushioned seating with adequate back support will keep your child’s mind from wondering. Also unless you want your child to have chair-rolling races or play “spin the chair till you puke”, it is probably not a good idea to have rollers or swivels on the chair.
4. Keep it light- Good lighting is essential in a child’s study area. A desk lamp with a fun shade that covers a large area is a good investment. Make certain that the shade is at a height that ensures that the glare isn’t directly into your child’s eyes.
5. Make sure there is plenty of storage space in the study area. A cluttered workspace will make it impossible for your child to keep his/her mind on the job at hand. Lots of shelving, plastic boxes and drawer space will leave your child with no excuse for not cleaning up.
6. Create place for your child to display his accomplishments, whether it is art work, gold stars, swimming badges or sports day medals, praise for a job well done will motivate them to work even harder.
If you would like to keep the area separate from the rest of the room you can do so by installing a ceiling hung curtain track and hanging some fun red eyelet curtains. When study time is over, you can just shut it away out of site.