Pause for a moment and think about a favorite destination. Is it a quiet place in a garden, your favorite table at neighborhood coffee shop, or an aromatic, bubble-filled bathtub? Consider how you feel when you’re in your special place. Now, look around your home. How do you feel about the space where you spend the majority of family time? Our physical environments influence how we feel, think, and interact with our children.
Very young children have those special places too: cuddling with Mom in the rocking chair, being pushed by Dad on the swing, a fort built from couch cushions. For young children, these special places highlight their experiences with their senses—sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste—and their relationships with you.