The Execs and Cons of Siblings Sharing a Room

One in all my first ideas, after I came upon that I used to be having a second woman, was “Oh nice, they will share a room for eternally!” Now, we reside in a  two bed room apartment so there would have been a shared room state of affairs, to start with anyway, however having two ladies undoubtedly appeared like a logistic “win” on the bed room entrance.

For our household, it really works very nicely to have our eight-and three-year-old share a bed room (in truth, they’ve been “roommates,” so to talk, since our youngest was 9 months). If you’re considering shared room may go for your loved ones, listed below are a number of the professionals and cons we’ve encountered in the course of the previous two and a half years.


Sharing a room is simply that – sharing. Studying to be gracious and OK with different individuals touching and taking part in together with your issues is a ability that takes apply. Every woman has sure loveys and a pair particular issues that they don’t HAVE to share with one another, however sharing is usually anticipated and achieved fairly graciously (more often than not).By sharing a room, I’ve discovered that it’s a place that facilitates extra play between the 2. As they grow old, I discover them taking part in collectively increasingly more of their room.We’re an in depth household, and we hope that they continue to be shut and attempt to actively assist their relationship. Sharing a room creates a crew of types – they’re in it collectively (actually and figuratively).Our ladies don’t wish to be alone – they’re social creatures. After I requested Fiona (age eight) what was a “professional” to sharing her room along with her youthful sister Hannah she stated, “She retains me firm – I’m much less lonely, particularly at night time” to which I believed, “Sure! It’s working!”



One of many issues we’ve ran into over the previous three years of the women sharing their room is that since there’s a 5 yr age distinction, there are generally vastly completely different bedtimes. As they’ve gotten older, the time hole has closed a bit and my hope is that sooner or later they go to mattress on the identical time. We’ve merely needed to modify to bedtime routines to accommodate – for instance, we used to learn to Fiona whereas she was in her mattress, which we now do elsewhere.Totally different bedtimes even have meant completely different wake-up occasions. Hannah is an early riser – typically round 5:30 a.m. (which isn’t good for anybody) so we needed to work along with her to not go and shake her sister’s mattress and wake her up too. This has gotten simpler as she’s gotten older however after I requested Fiona for a “con” to sharing the room, this was her #1 reply.Whereas I did say that they principally share graciously, they battle about sharing, and taking one another’s stuff with out asking…the stuff all siblings battle about. I’m fairly certain that they might do that anyway, however I’ve observed that the majority of their preventing additionally occurs of their room.As they grow old, they get larger and so does their stuff (beds, garments, and so forth.) however the room doesn’t. We’ve needed to be very conscientious about how we set their room as much as accommodate rising youngsters. Bunk beds are in impact.Since they’re such completely different ages, their wants for privateness are completely different. We do foresee a time that Fiona will crave and wish extra privateness then a shared room permits. What 15-year-old needs her 10-year-old sister there on a regular basis?

We are literally within the technique of shifting into a 3 bed room apartment which is able to permit our household a bit extra room. We’ve determined (all of us, together with the women) that the 2 of them sharing a room continues to be the best way we wish to go so clearly the professionals for our household nonetheless outweigh the cons. I not-so-secretly hope they at all times do.

Editor’s Word: Learn extra posts from Emily together with her humorous account of the nuttiness that may occur as you attempt to get your youngsters up and out the door on weekday mornings.

This put up was initially revealed in 2016.

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