Feng Shui, the ancient
Chinese art and science of placement has the potential to
create a living space that will motivate children to perform
better at school and increase their positive attitude, as
well as help to improve their health and prospects in life.
The first priority is to create a harmonious balance between
yin and yang elements in a child's bedroom -- these are
opposite forces, and a healthy environment never should
be too yin or yang. A bright and colourful room with harmonious
pictures will attract a lot of positive chi (yang), but
exaggerated with too many toys or water elements around,
it will have too stimulating energy to encourage a good
night's sleep. By the same token, never allow the room to
stay too dark and cold for lengthy periods of time; this
promotes excess yin energy. The key is finding the balance.
Ideally a child's
room should have a regular rectangular or square shape.
The placement of the child's bed can greatly enhance the child's
development. The bed should never be placed under an overhead
beam, nor should the bed be situated in front of the door. The
feet should never point directly towards the door and one should
avoid placing a mirror facing the bed, this could encourage symptoms
of sickness and insomnia for the child. The bed should be placed
with the head against the wall, not floating in the middle of
Never place a bed or chair in the direct path of a sharp edge
of a pillar or corner, they will emit shar chi (negative chi
or "poisoned arrows") towards your child. Sleeping
with the head towards a wall that has a toilet on the other side
could cause health problems, as would sleeping above a garage.
The bed should be in a good proportion to the child's physique,
giving some room to grow. Representations of wild animals are
avoided in good feng shui, as they might promote aggressive energy
in the child's sleep state; however fish are lucky symbols and
they help to attract educational success.
Placing a sculpture, painting or photograph representing parental
love in the room enhances a child's own family luck, and helps
to increase respect and open communication.
The best study direction is one where the wall supports the back
and the door of the room can be seen; it will help to increase
learning ability and memory. Never sit a child with his/her back
towards the door, as it symbolizes a lack of support.
- Teach your children to close the bathroom door, and
to keep the toilet seat down after use. This is a practical
habit that will improve their feng shui all their lives.
- The sound of bells attract sheng (good) chi and enhance
your child's openness to luck, since children are represented
by one of the nine feng shui sectors in your home and
its element is metal.
- Avoid sharply pointed cacti which emit harmful shar
chi, and especially avoid bonsai trees which represent
stunted growth, a particularly unwelcome symbol in any
household with children.
- Avoid dressing your child entirely in black, it will
drain its vital energy.
- The impact of the exterior environment is also extremely
important. Looking out at a children's bedroom, ideally
you should not see a lamp post or a dead tree directly
in the window. A street coming straight at the bedroom
window will also challenge the room's positive energy.