There are a number of possible reasons why you might need your children to share a bedroom. It could be that you are downsizing, or have recently welcomed a new baby into the family. Whatever the reason, it is not always easy convincing all parties involved that it is a good idea!
Thankfully, there are a number of ways to make the transition smoother, and your kids happy. Consider the following handful of methods, and be sure to keep regarding it as a good thing. Your positivity will rub off… eventually!
Give them their own space
The first thing that your kids may need reassurance of is that they will still have their own space. Older children, especially those in their teens, really value this as sacred. As adults, we too know just how valuable personal space is. Reassure the kids that you understand where they are coming from. Involve them in finding a solution. Once they accept the fact that they will be sharing soon, they will start to get more involved. If at all possible, honour their requests.
It may be that an older child will now be sharing with a toddler. In scenarios like this, where the children are a different age, you have to help them set boundaries. So, the older child needs to understand that naps for the toddler are important, and that they shouldn’t be disturbed during this time. However, just as equally, the toddler needs to know that when the older child is doing homework they shouldn’t be disturbed. Setting these rules in place from the get-go will make the transition into them easier, and will make things easier down the line.
Make their sleeping arrangement fun
Once again, if you have an older children sharing with a young one, you’ll need to make the new bedroom fun for the big kid. Consider using their sleeping arrangements to do this. You’ll need a cot for the little kid. Consider those in the Cuckooland Cot collection if you’re in need of inspiration. But, for the bigger kid, you can get far more creative! How about a bunk bed? They can use the bottom layer for sleeping, and they make the top layer into their own, private den. Alternatively, a midsleeper bed is a good option. At this height, they are tall enough to fit drawers or a desk and chair underneath. You can also give them a bigger hand in decorating. If they are more involved in the making of the bedroom, they are likely to take pride in it. Take them along with you while you are buying decorations, or paint.
Consider buying two of everything
Now, what about if the shared bedroom is for two kids of a similar age? Or, what if they are prone to squabbling over things, no matter the age difference? A good idea that helps counteract this is to buy two of everything. So, that means two wardrobes, two beds, two sets of drawers… you get the idea! This means that they have their own belongings, and in that sense can still feel like the room is ‘theirs’.