Nowadays, it is not easy to be a cool parent. Even if your children think you are one of those parents, it is only a matter of time before peer pressure kicks in. If you want to avoid that, you have to make sure that your children’s friends consider you cool, too. The quickest way to gaining the status of the coolest parent in the neighborhood is to provide your children with something original that other children do not have. For example, a playhouse they can invite their friends to. Here are some fun, and not so expensive ways of making this happen in your own backyard.
Log Cabin Playhouse
Perhaps not so original, but still undoubtedly cool, the miniature log cabin will make your child quite happy. Some might fear the cost of the project, but let me tell you right from the start: you don’t have to use actual logs. However, it is your job to make the structure durable. The Log Cabin Playhouse is a perfect solution if you have both daughters and sons, and you wish to make the playhouse acceptable for both sides. They can all have tea parties and play board games together. Unfortunately, I’m afraid I can’t guarantee that there won’t be some fighting about the territory.
A Wendy House for Girls
If you have a daughter, the best solution is a Wendy House, which is a regular playhouse with a lot of feminine touches. If you are a proud father of a daddy’s little princess, building her a haven like this would surely make you her hero. Not to mention her bragging about what her daddy had built especially for her and for all her friends. You can rest assured that a house like that would soon become her own little kingdom, in which she can organize tea parties and sleepovers. As she grows up, you can discuss remodeling possibilities with her - because, she will grow up to be quite the designer herself.
If, on the other hand, you are a proud father of a brave little soldier, building a fort is the right choice. Every boy dreams of his own fort to protect and fight for it. If you have some boards left from some renovation project, you can easily make that dream come true. Also, this project can be a great way to teach your son the basics of DIY, as well as a wonderful opportunity to share a hands-on experience.
Thinking outside the Box
There are many new types of playhouses which can be made from unusual (to avoid saying unorthodox) materials. Parents are getting more creative by the hour, and some of them have came up with quite interesting solutions for a cool playhouse. One of the most unusual materials used in the construction of a playhouse is a shipping container. Don’t throw away the idea because of the original ugliness that characterizes a container. It can be modified. What is more, there are companies that sell containers modified to serve as accommodation units. The only thing you need to do is furnish it in accordance with your child’s wishes. This option is, of course, for those parents who wish to spend a bit more on the project, but the cost comes with additional benefits: when the children grow out of it, you can use the container for a variety of things. What is even more important, containers are made to endure any type of weather and potential hazards. So, no matter how mischievous your darling little angels are, they are safe while playing in such a playhouse.
On the whole, the project of building a playhouse is worth the cost. Hopefully, this article has helped you gain some perspective on what your child might like. For further information, make sure you talk to your child. Listen carefully and try to find out what kind of a playhouse they would want. They can be amazingly creative, and will undoubtedly wish to be included. It is, after all, their playhouse. Also, make sure you include them in the building process. As already mentioned, it is a great opportunity for them to learn something and for you to bond over a fun project. Hopefully, you’ll all have fun.
- Ivan Dimitrijevic is a seasoned blogger and inbound marketing consultant with years of experience. His set of skills includes Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimization and blogging on a wide variety of topics. He has had many articles published on serious blogs over the years, on topics ranging from Web Design and Development, Online Business and Lifestyle to Home and Family. His approach is direct, personal, professional and he will strive to use 100% of his knowledge and apply it to each and every project.
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