Pros And Cons Of Siblings Sharing A Room

by | August 3, 2018

What are the pros and cons of siblings sharing a room? Even twins?

Whether or not your children will be good sharing a room depends on a lot of factors such as age, temperament, and how well they get on together. While a child who has already started school might be able to adapt to sharing a room with an infant, an active toddler will have a harder time not disturbing them and might provide too much stimulus for either of them to be able to relax and nap or go to bed.

No matter what age your children are, if they have different sleeping/eating schedules it will cause a stress on anyone in the house. Siblings sharing a room might also be problematic if one child has a problem sleeping, an illness or is special needs.

If you feel like your children would be compatible with sharing a room, sharing similar schedules and activity levels for example, then sharing a room might be good for them. Many parents have shared that their children really enjoy sharing a room, or even a bed, together.

In particular, twins will find comfort in the companionship in sharing a room, especially after their time in the womb together. Many parents who have twins have reported that their children won’t go into their own rooms when given the choice to have their own rooms, preferring the companionship while sleeping instead.

While siblings sharing a room while they are younger might be a perfect solution for your family right now, be aware that as they grow their privacy and space needs will change, and they might need their own rooms. This may be particularly true if your siblings are different sexes, especially as they hit puberty, which can be an awkward time for them to go through.

If your children have different interests and needs, you should try to listen to their preferences and if possible, give them the space that they may be needing or wanting.

Do you have any experience with siblings sharing a room? Let us know in the comments below!

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