Children respond to their environment in very objective ways. What may be considered good feng shui in general will definitely apply to kids as much as adults. Since children often sleep 8-10 hours a night, their bedroom is quite important. The location where a child chooses to study will also affect their ability to concentrate and be productive.

Over the years that I have been consulting, I have seen with total predictability that some bedrooms encourage creativity and the children who sleep in those rooms are quite precocious, talented, studious, musical or artistic. A bedroom where the feng shui is negative can make a child afraid to sleep in their room, be moody, depressed, chronically ill, or hyperactive.

But what may be perfectly acceptable for a child could be too chaotic for an adult. Many children like their rooms to be colorful and very "yang." In the same way that kids like loud, grinding music and lots of stuff around them (neon posters, lava lamps, etc.) This same active energy could send an adult into a migraine.

Their bedroom is their "studio apartment" and like adults, children should avoid:

a.. Large mirrors in their bedroom, including mirrored closet doors.
b.. Sleeping under a low window.
c.. Sleeping with their bed aligned directly with the entrance door.
d.. Having their bed aligned directly with a toilet somewhere in the house.
e.. Sleeping under beams or very low, slanted ceilings.
f.. Sleeping in a bad direction based on their birth date.

Children should be taught at an early age how to be clean and tidy. I have seen bedrooms of children and teens that looked like the inside of a dumpster and this doesn't help anyone. Often, a really good closet system can help a child keep stuff off the floor or crammed into tight spaces.

Children who have problems with ear infections, glandular or urinary problems are often in bedroom where the water element is not strong enough. Metal strengthens water, so the parent should place some heavy metal pieces in the room, even under the bed for safety's sake.

Children who have difficult digestion, menstrual problems or perpetual loneliness may have a bedroom with too much earth energy, which can also be reduced with hefty amounts of metal. A metal bed frame counts for metal also.

Children who have frequent episodes of muscle, joint, or bone problems, including hand injuries need to have more fire in their room, such as red color.

These are just a few examples of how children can benefit from feng shui adjustments to the most important space they occupy.

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