It’s part of many children’s experience growing up to share a room with their siblings. This can be lots of fun in its own way, but sometimes a little bit of drama comes with the territory.
You can, however, have your kids love to share their room and other spaces at home with their brothers and sisters. All it takes is a little creativity to make the best of every interaction. Here are 5 tips to having your children enjoy sharing space at home, whether you live in a condo or a larger house.
This might sound counter-intuitive, but allowing your child their own place at home makes sharing other parts of the house so much more enjoyable. Put a canopy over each of your kids’ bed spaces to create a small haven that they can decorate and retreat to when they need time for themselves. Even in a shared room, there are lots of ways your child can decorate to express their character in their own unique ways.
One of the challenges of having multiple kids in one bedroom is to manage space. Avoid the clutter of clothes and toys strewn all over the floor by keeping all of the kids’ things in one place, possibly even outside the bedroom. When it’s time to get dressed for school or turn in for the night, allow them to bring just the essentials into their rooms. Toys, clothes, games, and everything else in the meantime should stay in the kids’ closet.
This works especially well for younger children. When all of your kids go to bed at the same time, they are also more likely to get a full night’s rest without the distraction of other siblings who might still be awake. Once you’ve set the bedtime, your kids will begin to think of the bedroom as a place for quiet and sleep. This keeps both you and your kids energetic during the day, having had a good night’s rest.
If you have an older child at home sharing a room with a toddler, it would help to set boundaries. Explain to your older child that sometimes their brother or sister will wake up in the middle of the night, and it will be mom or dad’s responsibility to take care of them.
Younger boys and girls often share the same room. This may become dramatic as opposite-sex children get older, but what’s important is that you are able to set boundaries. Create schedules for bathroom use and rules for when each child may have the bedroom to themselves. This teaches your growing kids that it’s not only possible to share, but with the right ground rules it can be very enjoyable too!
White noise, that is. An air purifier or air conditioner will create a gentle hum in the bedroom that makes the environment more relaxing. This muffles all of the little noises your kids might make while they’re asleep, and makes living in a shared space more comfortable around nap times.
These are just some ways you can use to make sharing a bedroom very satisfying for your kids, fostering good relationships in the process. Remember most of all that your kids look to you for security and comfort. Small adjustments to your home planning will make the harmony you need in creating a beautiful life for you family. Create yours now.