When I read a article about feng shui, the Chinese practice of reconfiguring an environment to harmonize your life, I had to laugh. In my house, my two boys have long reconfigured my environment their own way, especially when they were toddlers.
|Feng Shui for Grown-Ups||Feng Shui for Toddlers|
|Bring the natural world indoors by playing a CD of a rolling surf.||Bring the natural world indoors by opening the sliding glass door and leaving a trail of animal crackers that leads into the kitchen.|
|Turn off the ceiling lights and use just diffused lights from lamps.||Turn off the bathroom light while Daddy is taking a shower.|
|Paint a room light blue.||Scribble the living room walls in light blue.|
|Achieve a “yin” state – a subdued, relaxed feeling – by placing a peaceful painting on the wall near your bed.||Achieve a “yang” state – or chaos – by jumping on the bed.|
|Sleep on a pastel-colored pillowcase.||Sleep on Mommy’s pastel-colored pillowcase, and push her closer and closer to the edge of the bed throughout the night.|
|Add a fountain to your home for a peaceful background noise.||Add Mommy’s cell phone to the fountain for a faint ringing noise that Mommy can’t seem to locate.|
|Put a muted fabric over a glass table.||Pour Kool Aid over a glass table.|
|Create tranquility by putting potted plants in curved patterns along the floor.||Create hostility by placing your Cheerios in curved patterns along the floor.|
|Drape a blue blanket over a chair.||Drape your blue blankie over the cat.|
|Toss a muted-colored blanket over a brightly colored bedspread.||Toss your Rockin’ Elmo, 17 Legos, your half-full sippy cup and some baby wipes onto a brightly colored bedspread.|
How about you? How do your kids practice Feng Shui?