Use Kitchens To Teach Kids Responsible Behavior, Supplier Advises

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Use Kitchens To Teach Kids Responsible Behavior,
Supplier Advises

Did you ever think of explaining to prospects how an intelligent
kitchen design can also be a valuable learning tool for their
children? Have you ever used the concept of organized storage to
assist clients in understanding how their children may benefit by
becoming more self-sufficient and responsible?

That’s a notion that kitchen designers should keep in mind when
planning and selling efficient, well-organized kitchens to
households with children, says Karl Rudisser, general manager and
executive v.p. for the Stanley, NC-based Julius Blum, a major
supplier of functional cabinet hardware.

“Kids are part of the family, and the kitchen is the nerve
center of the home,” explains Rudisser. He notes that the kitchen
should not only be designed with children in mind, it should be
used as a parenting tool. That’s because a child-friendly kitchen
“helps kids learn to help themselves, rather than always waiting to
be served by Mom or Dad,” Rudisser asserts.

He points to the use of features such as deep divided drawers in
a place where most homes currently have cabinets: with doors and a
fixed shelf under the countertop. A series of drawer organizers
used in this space can offer kitchen users neat, easy-access for
cookware, bottles, kitchen gadgets and non-perishable foods,
Rudisser notes.

“Instead of forcing people to keep breakfast cereal in a high,
out-of-reach cabinet, this will enable them to keep it in a deep
drawer located at child level,” Rudisser explains. “That way, kids
can fix breakfast for themselves. And you could locate pet food in
another low-height drawer so that kids can feed the family pet by
themselves.

“The more children are expected to do for themselves, the
quicker they’ll learn responsibility,” Rudisser points out. “A
well-organized kitchen can also help children learn the value of
organization a lesson that will serve them well throughout
life.”

Rudisser observes that he has seen a growing trend toward
children preparing their own meals and snacks. “Teaching
self-sufficiency and responsibility is a cornerstone of good
parenting,” he says. “Add to that the fact that people are busier
and more time-pressed than ever and, as a result, children have to
assume some jobs previously done by parents.”

Kitchen designers should recognize the benefit of taking this
into account when they remodel a kitchen, and when they present a
design concept to prospects, Rudisser
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