Should siblings share a room?

Filed under: Siblings, Feeding & Sleeping

Unlike most of the people I know in my city, our house has three bedrooms. We don't have an office, playroom or separate dining room. Basically, we have a living room, bedrooms and a sad little room that barely passes as a kitchen.

But, it is home.

Part of having small children in a smallish house is the problem of toys: They are everywhere! We try to keep some in the living room and some in their bedrooms, but it seems as if everywhere becomes a mess.

As I sat on the floor of my 2-year-old daughter's room, surveying the damage made at nap time, (we should really rename it "throw things on the floor time") I started to think about how fun it would be to have a playroom. A room, where they could play! Somewhere full of shelves and tables and...toys!

One thought led to another and the idea of having my two share a room was born. My husband seems against the idea; to him, the toys belong in their rooms. To me, however, bedrooms are for sleeping and the playroom is for playing.

Of course, the idea may never go to fruition; my daughter, who is 2-years-old, has issues falling asleep while my 1-year-old son closes his eyes and is out. I would wait until he was ready to transition to a regular bed from his crib, as well.

What is your opinion on having siblings share a room even if it isn't out of necessity? I know that once they're older, sharing isn't going to happen. But while they're younger? I think it could be fun.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.