I had the opportunity to help create a special space for children at my chiropractor's office-- this project was one close to my heart.
We have all been to waiting rooms before with our children, and we go back and forth with wanting them to be occupied but also worried about all of the germs on the plastic toys. This project was all about supporting the mission of this incredible woman to serve children and families- her entire family is involved in her practice, and it is so obvious how much heart and love she pours into her life calling. This is a prepared space for the children, to meet their needs and maintain the healing energy.
The goal of this design was to keep the peaceful flow going throughout the office. There are no cartoons playing. Instead, there is a space for children to relax and prepare for their adjustment, or to wait while their parent gets adjusted. The space is designed for babies up through middle childhood. Talk about a wide range of developmental needs! The key is to simplify. We used a few pops of color, and found books that each age range will enjoy, plus a comfy rug and pillows to settle in and look at the variety of books. We included a special book that a patient wrote! We also included some stuffed animals and puppets, a few toys for babies/toddlers, and an etch a sketch and pattern blocks for the older children.
The best part is the paintings on the wall- Doctor Stephanie's three children are the artists!
This is what it is all about-- family. It was such fun to design this space.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.