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Room Dividers For Teens (Part 2 of 2)

The Japanese screen has the advantage of also adding a clean line to any room, and they fit in with just about any décor. You can choose from dark or light stained wood, and from a variety of styles and materials for the inserts, from paper to bamboo to decoratively carved wood.

Plexiglas blocks are another viable option that will keep a room bright, while allowing for the feeling of separate room. These blocks can be stacked as high and wide as you wish, however, they’re not as easy to move from place to place and even room to room as the screens are. However, they do allow for more light to pass through them, maintaining an open, airy feel to the room, even though it’s closed in. The Plexiglas blocks will give a more contemporary look to a room then most other types of dividers.

If block or screens aren’t your thing, hanging curtains to separate a section of a room is also an option. Simply install hooks in the ceiling and hang a wooden rod from them, from which the curtain will hang. For a more finished look, use a curtain rod with filials. You can find rods– and, of course material– to match just about any style of décor.

Letting your teen make the final decision on what type of barrier to use is what the wisest parents with the most harmonious homes will do. Even if they think it’s less than tasteful. Remember that your children will have to try out different styles in order to find his or her own, and it may take some patience, smiles, and nods on your part along the way.

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A Daily Routine Can Make Children Feel More Secure (Part 1 of 2)

Establishing consistency and structure is often one of the biggest challenges that parents face. It’s also time consuming because these types of life skills are best learned by example and repetition, meaning consistency is key. However, a solid understanding of prioritizing and following through with routine tasks is absolutely imperative for children that will have to grow up and function in today’s fast-paced society.

While imposing a daily home schedule may seem restrictive, the opposite is actually true. Children function closer to their potential when they know that they can count on the adults in their lives to feel safe and secure and provide them with structure and some sort of a routine that they can grow accustomed to. Children, almost by definition, haven’t lived long enough nor experienced enough to have gained the maturity level required understand how to structure their time on their own (think Home Alone, and that kid did better than most unsupervised little ones would). These skills are learned from institutions such as schools, activities, clubs, and from the adults that they look up to.

For parents, establishing a family schedule provides much needed consistency and routines that keep everyone’s needs met on a daily basis, even in the busiest of households. If you look at American society in general, you’ll find time schedules regulating most everything we do. Companies have standard hours that fit into standard work weeks, schools offer classes with a clearly defined beginning and end, and mass transportation runs on a tight schedule in order to be dependable and therefore useful.

By creating and posting a daily schedule in your home including chores with specific times that tasks are expected to be performed and completed by, you are providing the structure and consistency that your children need in order to grow, mature, and feel comfortable within their lives. Schedules at home help regulate your children’s lives and give them a model to learn from that they can carry with them into their adult lives.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.