Sharing a room can benefit the whole family by giving your children a chance to bond and develop strong relationship skills. If you have more than one child in a bedroom, it doesn’t take much for things to get chaotic if you don’t have a system in place.
The reality is that siblings will fight. You want to prevent the normal friction that comes from sharing a space. Kids that cohabit in the same room have many opportunities to learn about human interaction, but there are also times when tempers are going to flare.
To keep pandemonium to a minimum, it’s essential to establish strong special and personal boundaries between roommates. When space is limited, tempers can grow. Creating individual space, even when using kids bunk beds, could be one of the keys to keeping the peace. Let’s look at a few ways to make sharing a room easier for your kids.
Kids that share a bedroom still need to have their own personal space. There are endless solutions to this issue for kids and parents to try. Here are just a few fun ways to create privacy for your kids that are sharing a room:
- Use folding room dividers
- Hand curtains that can be opened or closed
- Create blanket sheers to separate bunk bed space
- Use a bookcase to divide the space
Establish a Bedtime Schedule
When multiple kids sleep in the same room, separate bedtimes can be hard to manage. Depending on the age of your children, you may have two or more bedtimes to negotiate. It’s best to establish a common bedtime / relaxing time for every child in the room. Most parents find it less of a chore to put all the kids to bed simultaneously.
If you have a younger child rooming with an older child, you can still follow this rule, but with some compromises. For example, when it’s time for your younger child to go to bed, you can have your older child also retire to the room for some quiet activity like reading.
Color and Decor
It’s important to your child’s development to feel they have their own individualized space. This can be a challenge for siblings that share a room.
For parents, trying to make things work with a shared bedroom and keeping the color and decor simple can do the trick. Keeping the basic color neutral and allowing each child to choose their own decor and style can help your kids develop a sense of individuality.
Focus On Respect
When your children share a room, you will have many opportunities to focus on respect. Children need to understand and respect space, develop empathy, and show consideration for someone else’s needs. Early on, these lessons can help your kids grow into adults with healthy relationships.
If you are considering having your children share a room, there are many benefits for the whole family. Consider these tips to help you make sharing a room easier for your kids.