Having kids and a garden is a match made in heaven and you should make the most of it. There is paranoia amongst parents that the latest generation of children are going to grow up screen addicted and socially awkward and that the future of the human race will struggle to move forward. This isn’t the case; however it is important for children to detach themselves from the iPod, iPads, Xboxs, and other assorted wackily named tech. A way you can do this is to create a perfect play area in the garden. Encourage your children to frolic in the summer sun.
Safety is always your top concern when it comes to children, as you know. You job as a parent is to do as much as you can to make sure you children grown up happy and safe and that means you might have to make some adjustments to the garden. Having a garden can be a blessing and so it is important that you kids make the most of it. A garden can be dangerous and so make sure your garden isn’t. No pointy wooden structures, no thorns, no poisonous plants, etc, you get the gist…
I didn’t even know these existed a few weeks ago, but they seem like a good idea, plus they rarely need planning permission. Visit www.gardenspaces.co.uk for more information on them. They come in a variety of different styles and can be used for many different things. One of the popular choices for them is to turn them into a play room for your kids. As one wall usually is heavily constructed from glass, it means you can keep an eye on the kids from the house or garden, which is obviously beneficial to ensure they don’t get up to any mischief. There are different types of garden studios, all with varying costs, so have a look and see which ones are in your price range and which ones would best suit your needs and garden.
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My next suggestion for creating a garden that your children will love is twofold; I have a budget version as well. First though, the costly one. If you have the funds and the space, why not get a pool. Kids love pools, plus they’re great for you as well. There’s nothing better than spending a hot summer’s day by the pool. There are safety concerns, however. I would only suggest getting a pool once your children are of the age that they can swim – that way you have peace of mind that if they ever fall in, nothing bad can happen.
The budget option: get a paddling pool. I know what you’re thinking: that hardly lives up to a pool, but I had one when I was a child and I can promise you with a bit of imagination, a paddling pool can waste away the hours. My brother and I would play for hours and hours in the paddling pool. When I think back on my childhood, the paddling pool is what I remember most fondly, so don’t worry if you haven’t got the money for a pool, (who has?) just pop over to a shop and pick up a paddling pool. Some of them are quite a good size now a days anyway.
Kids have a great pool of imagination which they use to entertain themselves for hours. When we become adults, the real world can sometimes drain our imagination pools, but I entreat you, mine the recesses of your mind for a bit of imagination; you’ll need it when creating the perfect garden for your kids to spend the days in utopian bliss.