By Adalene Girard. Kids Room. Published at Monday, April 15th, 2019 - 08:25:02 AM.
If you already have children in your home you probably don’t need to worry about this one. But if becoming a foster parent for the first time also means you are becoming a parent for the first time (or the first time in a long time), stock up on a few toys that are popular across a large expanse of ages. Play-Doh, art supplies, a play kitchen, hot wheels, a soccer ball… don’t go nuts. You are going to want to get to know a child and buy them things specific their interests. But definitely have a few things on hand that have immediate appeal.
Communication Board – Talking can be intimidating. Using a communication board or a worry board, for children in crisis can keep a line of communication open without them needing to talk. This does not have to be a public board. A small dry erase board in the child’s bedroom works well. I like to have it close to their bed, so they can easily jot down what they are thinking about while going to sleep.
Cluttering the room full of toys or decorations before the foster child arrives can make it feel like they are moving into someone else’s room. So keep it simple at first and then encourage them to choose things to put in their room. This helps the foster child or young person to make the room their own. It is also a good idea to keep the colour scheme warm and neutral to avoid picking a colour that is not to their taste. They are also more likely to take care of the room if they have helped to decorate it.
However, as each and every child is different and has differing interests, priorities and needs, it can be tricky to ready a room in a way that exactly matches their requirements. With this in mind, preparing a room for foster placements can be hard and in many ways is something that should be approached with a flexible, adaptable attitude as making the bedroom a happy place to be goes beyond decorating.
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