Use Kitchens To Teach Kids Responsible Behavior, Supplier Advises

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 comments.