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Should Young Children Share a Bedroom?

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There are many good reasons why you might want children to share a bedroom, not least because you may not have the space for them not to!  Sharing a bedroom has positive and negative aspects to it.  On the plus side, it gives you more room in the house, encourages children to learn to share, and strengthens the bond between siblings.

On the downside, children may feel they lack privacy, and feel that they don't have any personal space.  These feelings may lead to arguments and may impact negatively on the relationship between siblings.

There are generally no rules preventing children from sharing a bedroom.  Rented houses or housing association homes may determine the maximum number of people allowed in the house, and may also lay down bylaws against children sharing, but this is unusual.

Issues of privacy tend to become more of an issue as children grow older, particularly as they enter their teen years.  Very young children are unlikely to have concerns, indeed the adventure of sharing a bedroom with siblings may be really exciting in early years.  Even baby's can share a room with older siblings, although it is best to avoid sharing until your baby sleeps through the night and no longer need night feeds.

Try to be equitable with children sharing a room - make sure they have the same storage spaces for clothes and toys, that they have the same benefits, such as bedside tables and lamps, and that they all have a say in how the room is decorated.  They may want to introduce rules for their room concerning privacy (such as knocking before entering) and sharing (rules about borrowing toys and clothes etc).

Sharing a bedroom can be great fun, and if you manage the issues that arise, it can lead to a stronger bond between siblings than they might otherwise have had.


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