When my Dad was growing up, he shared a small bedroom with his two brothers. Their room was approximately 10 x 10 and the closet the three boys shared was not much bigger than the closet that I store my vacuum cleaner in today.
In today’s day and age, while it isn’t quite as common as it used to be for children to share bedrooms, it isn’t unheard of. The size of an average bedroom may have increased, but houses with more than three bedrooms aren’t always easy to locate or afford. For many families, especially larger families, siblings sharing a room isn’t just an option, it is a necessity.
Challenges and Considerations
Sharing space is always about compromise, of course, but sharing space between siblings comes with its own set of challenges and considerations:
- age differences
- sleeping patterns – late sleepers vs. early risers
- division of chores
- individual temperaments