Decorating a kid’s room can be a pain. Not only do you have to find something that goes well with the rest of the house, it has to be fun, easy, and resistant to the continued ravages of spaghetti, fingerpaint and wayward pudding cups. How can one parent be expected to manage all of these tasks without compromising their design integrity? Easy: don’t.
Let your child design his or her own room.
Of course, there will be SOME tasks that you’ll still have to perform; as adorable as I think it would be, many other parents and possibly some sales associates would frown upon letting your child roam the aisles of Target unfettered. And unless their names are Jaden and Willo, they probably won’t be able to foot the costs involved with renovation. They can certainly, however, do a lot of the design work.
Letting your kid design his or her own room can be a daunting prospect; after all, you just started trusting them to pick out their own clothes! However, it can be made fun, easy and practical by following a few guidelines:
Provide Options: Rather than letting your child’s imagination bounce around like it was hopped up on pixie sticks in the middle of Chuckie Cheese, provide a few examples of things they might like. Then, let them use your ideas as a starting point.
Listen: Ultimately, they’re the ones who have to live in the room; if there’s something that they really want, you might want to strongly consider letting them have it. Even if they complain later, they’ll feel more in control and will learn to deal with the consequences of their choices.
Remind Them It’s A Responsibility: They’ll only take it as seriously as you do.
Make it Safe For Your House!: Part of the beauty of Butch and Harold’s children’s wall decals is that they won’t hurt your walls. No matter how many train stickers your children want to put up, your paint job will be safe. It’s a great way to let your children express themselves without worrying about long-term damage.