7 Fengshui Tips For Happier, Healthier Kids
If you think the ancient Chinese system is too out-there for your kids, think again. Kids spend a lot of time in their bedrooms. Hence it is important that the qi they experience inside is positive and vibrant, and lead to healthy and harmonious growth.
There're plenty of elements in this practice that makes complete sense and don’t cost a dime. For starters: no messy rooms allowed. “Good fengshui promotes a clean, open area where qi, or natural energy, can gather. That way your children will feel empowered, energised and loved in that space.” says Joey Yap, a chief consultant of Joey Yap Consulting Group and founder of Mastery Academy Of Chinese Metaphysics.
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Plus, you don't have to worry that these fengshui tips will deter you from creating the perfect room for your child. "Fengshui is more about location and arrangement, rather than colour. So give your children the freedom to choose the colours, décor theme or furniture they want, while following basic fengshui techniques to place the furniture," assures Joey. The goal here is to find a win-win décor theme that would fulfill the fengshui criteria and create a comfortable space for them.
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Here are seven fengshui criteria for your kids bedrooms:
1. Lucky Spots
Every year, different areas of your home could represent a completely different outlook. The two crucial ones are the Heavenly Doctor sector, which governs their health and encourages rest and rejuvenation, and the Fu Wei sector, which promotes cognitive and thinking skills. So basically, these sectors are where you’d place the bed and study desk, respectively. “To locate these sectors, have your child’s Life Star number calculated by a consultant, as every one’s life star number has its own Heavenly Doctor or Fu Wei sectors,” says Joey.
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2. Square Rooms
A squarish, or rectangular bedroom is best to ensure the even and healthy circulation of qi. “This is a proven theory that we believe is integral to establishing a favourable and positive space for kids’ development. Avoid triangular-shaped spaces or slanted walls,” advises Joey.
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3. Lofts Or Attics
Slanted ceilings can cause imbalanced qi, resulting in disrupted or uneasy sleep. If your child’s bedroom is in the attic, or right beneath the roof, consider levelling it with a false ceiling. “If that’s not possible, move the bed to the side of of the room where the ceiling is the highest and there’s better qi circulation,” advises Joey.
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Anything calming and cheerful. “Colour is not a fengshui element, and will not impact on the qi in their room. But colour does prove to have a psychological effect so anything cheery or calming will do,” notes Joey.
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5. Sha Qi, Or “Killing Energy”
“That’s just paranoia,” reveals Joey. “In fengshui principles, sha qi usually relates to sharp corners, pointed objects and furniture. But they have no negative effects on the occupants.” The key here is to make sure nothing obstructs the entrance to the room so there’s a smooth flow of qi.
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6. What To Avoid
“Avoid placing your child’s bed or desk under a beam to avoid suppressive qi which can cause disrupted sleep, as well as health and problems at school,” warns Joey. She also reminds us never to place the bed in front of the door, as that puts it directly in the qi’s flow, which will also affect their sleep quality.
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7. Make It Bright
Remember that more sunlight increases the flow of qi, and having more windows allow more qi into the house, so keep their bedrooms bright and airy.
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This article is repurposed from "Simple feng shui for your child’s room", which first appeared in The Edge Property Pullout, Issue 732 (June 13, 2016) of The Edge Singapore.
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