Feng Shui For Kids
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Have you ever dreamed about having a beautiful, peaceful, feng shui-friendly home and thought: “That sounds great, but how does that work for a family with kids?” A home with children is certainly a different dynamic than a home with only adults, and setting up a space for kids can be a unique challenge. However, there are many ways to use feng shui to support your children! Here are a few tips to get you started:
Create a Supportive Bedroom
Just like adults, it’s important for kids to have a comfortable space to retreat to when they need to recharge. In many cases, this will be their bedroom. One thing to look out for in the bedroom is the command position. When your child’s bed is in the command position, they should be able to see the door from their bed, without being directly in line with the door. This creates a feeling of ease and being in control, because they are aware of anyone who might be coming in through the door. If the bed is not in command, the best course of action is to move it. Sometimes it isn’t possible to arrange the bed in this way; if this is the case, you can add a mirror that reflects the door, so that your child can see the door’s reflection while lying in bed.
Balance the Elements
Next, bring in the five elements for balance. A simple way to do this is to make sure each element is represented in your child’s bedroom. Here are a few ideas for incorporating the five elements into the room:
Fire: string lights, red artwork
Earth: square table, yellow or brown rug
Wood: houseplants, blue or green paint or artwork
Metal: white walls, spherical light fixture
Water: mirrors, black or dark navy textiles
If you know your child’s Nine Star Ki, you can also consider this when deciding which elements to incorporate in their bedroom. For example, if your child has a lot of wood energy, you may want to add more water to support them. If you’re interested in learning more about this, you may want to work one-on-one with a feng shui consultant.
Activate the Family Area
There is an area of the feng shui bagua, called Zhen, that is related to family. This is a great area to activate if you want to create more harmony and support for your family, including your children. To find Zhen position, stand in your home’s entrance looking in, and imagine a three-by-three grid laid on top of the space. The center left section is Zhen, or the family area.
There are many different ways to activate Zhen. One way is to place a living green houseplant in this area. You could even include your kids in the process of choosing and caring for the plant if they are interested, and make it a family activity!
Set an Example
We often describe feng shui as mindfulness for the home. If you want to encourage your children to be more mindful, it’s important to set an example. This might mean prioritizing your morning meditation or yoga practice, and even inviting them to join you for a few minutes.
Another great way to encourage mindfulness at home is to set aside quiet time throughout the day. This could be first thing in the morning, or right before your kids go to bed. This can help to set a tone of stillness and presence.
We hope these tips help you create a harmonious home for you and your kids! If you want to learn more about feng shui and mindfulness for kids, be sure to check out Feng Shui Kids with Tori McBrien and Meditation for Kids with Brittaney Valentino on the Holistic Spaces Podcast!