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Choosing a Rug for Your Child's Room

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I have a six-year-old daughter who loves to play a game she calls "makeover" in her room with any messy substance she could sneak from parental prying eyes, and in spite of our best efforts, she remains an expert in finding what she needs to "improve" her room. If you have any children, then you know one of the most challenging tasks you as a parent will ever have is choosing the right rug for your child's room. Allow me to explain.

Let's start by considering the example from the introduction. When we chose the rug for my daughter room we went with pink and fluffy. It was the obvious choice for making a little girl's room princess-like. Sounds perfectly logical right? What we failed to consider was that pink and fluffy surprisingly quickly becomes brownish and is distinctly hard to clean because of the very fluffiness that attracted us in the first place. So what is your first point to consider when choosing a rug?

1. No matter how beautiful it may seem to the eyes, cleaning your child's rug is an inescapable and necessary task, so ask yourself if your choice will come back to haunt you later in the form of “creative” stains.

Colour is a huge consideration when choosing the right rug. First of all, it's got to make the room look awesome right? Although a valid point, there are actually several physiological factors that should not be ignored when making your choice. Summer Baltzer in her article, Kids' Room Color Wisdom: How Colors Affect Behavior. Is a great read if you want more information on this particular subject.

2. Colour undoubtedly affects your child's behaviour, seeing as the rug of choice will be within a place they'll be spending a lot of their time, use this reality in your favour, chose the right colour to compliment your child's personality.

Size matters, and making sure you are not cluttering up your child's room, consider whether or not the size of the rug practically makes sense in terms of the dimensions of your child's room. Not only does cluttering make a room look untidy, but there's also no worse feeling than your room, your kingdom, or in this case, your child's kingdom, being unnecessarily overcrowded.

3. Make sure to measure the size of your child's room, and use that information when your bargain hunting for that perfect rug.

Quality saves you money in the long run. There is nothing wrong with trying to save a buck or two, but sometimes, especially with things such as furniture, rugs, etc. saving money often comes back to haunt you later as poor quality products simply don't last.

4. If you're a bit cash-strapped, rather save up that extra month or two, there's even the option of making a lay-by, just be sure to research the pros and cons of doing so before you go that route. The point is, quality is essential.

Our final consideration might seem trivial, but making your child part of the decision of what rug to buy for their room is such a good opportunity to contribute to their emotional and cognitive development, as Jim Taylor PhD describes this, “A part of helping your children gain experience with making decisions involves educating them about the decision-making process. Good decision making is complex and takes years of experience to master (no one ever really perfects it; consider that even adults do stupid things occasionally).”

5. Allow your child to be part of the process, it's an awesome way to practice something they'll be doing their whole life, making choices.

I trust these considerations will help you in making the right decision in choosing the perfect rug for your child's room, a decision you can feel good about.

Written by Dwain Donovan Stewart

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