Most of us sat at the kitchen table as children while doing our homework. There were no computers or laptops, we used notebooks, pencils and library books to get our work done for class the next day. But, your kids have an entirely new set of standards by which to do their homework by.
It probably involves researching on the computer, typing reports and printing them out. Homework has evolved and the home office is quickly becoming a homework station for kids, which brings up a whole new set of concerns for parents. So how do you make your home office kid-friendly without sacrificing your own space?
Here are a few ideas to create a kid friendly home office that is a fun, safe and efficient space for you and your kids alike.
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Set the Right Boundaries
Kids need to know that some things are not for them to use, so set boundaries from the start. If you don’t want them to use something, put it away in a cabinet or drawer out of reach of curious hands.
If your home office is large enough, set up a separate desk for the kids to use. Include supplies and designate a laptop or computer for their use as well. If your kids are using your space and computer, make sure to give them their own login with safe browsing settings.
Keep Distractions at a Minimum
Maybe working with the radio on is works for you, but it might not work for your kids. Minimize distractions like noise, social media and access to television and video games while your kids work in your office and they’ll be more productive.
Put Equipment within Easy Reach
What might be within easy reach for you may require your kids to stand on a chair or lean on a piece of equipment in order to get to. Consider what pieces of equipment or supplies your kids might need to use while in the office and place them within easy reach.
Things like the printer, scanner, writing utensils, paper and stapler are good things to have within reach so they don’t have to dig through drawers or stand on an office chair to get them.
Don’t want your kids digging through your stuff? Give them their own storage space. This works well whether one or more children will be using your home office. If you do have more than one that will be using the office, give them each their own separate storage space. You could use an old filing cabinet, cubby holes, lockers or bins to name a few.
Kid Friendly Furniture
Choose furniture that you can move around easily especially if more than one child will be using your home office. Office chairs work well for older kids but, younger ones might work better at a low table with chairs that can be folded up and put away when not in use.
Having a defined place to get homework done can help kids concentrate and cultivates a good work ethic that will last them well into their adult life. With the right boundaries, furniture and storage, your home office can be a safe and productive place foryour kids without compromising your space.
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