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We have four kids – two girls and two boys – which is handy as our kids share bedrooms.
There are lots of reasons why we’ve chosen for our kids to share rooms – the biggest being space, we only have three bedrooms so someone’s gotta share.
There are lots of great things that come from kids sharing a bedroom. They learn to share and respect each other, they practice problem solving, conflict resolution and compromise, they develop a close bond, they learn to communicate well, and they feel more secure not being alone at night…
But I’d be lying if I said it was all smooth sailing.
Sometimes sharing a bedroom is hard, and sometimes I think we need to build two more bedrooms, fast! But with a little planning and effort, I think the positives outweigh the negatives for us… most of the time!
Here are a few ways we make sharing a bedroom work for our kids…
How to Make it Work When Kids Share a Bedroom.
Making a shared space work.
A big part of successful room sharing is using the space wisely.
The bedrooms in this old house are larger than average, but it’s still tricky fitting in enough storage for two kids stuff, and making sure everyone has enough space.
Bunks and loft beds help us gain a little extra space for everything, and making sure we declutter and get rid of outgrown stuff on a regular basis is important.
We’ve also thought about how we can create private spaces for each child. We’ve positioned furniture between our girls’ beds, and sometimes use a curtain around the bottom bunk in the boys’ room so each child has a space that feels more private when they need it.
Creating a sense of ownership for each child.
When you share a room it can feel like you have to share everything, but we’ve made some ground rules so that our kids still have their own special spaces that are just theirs.
The rule in our house is that you don’t go onto someone else’s bed without being invited.
Your bed is your own, private space, you can choose what bedlinen you want, and you can decorate the walls around your bed any way you like.
The boys sleep in a bunk bed and they both loved using the Glow Show Sticker Launcher to decorate their ‘ceilings’ and walls with glow in the dark stickers.
Noah created a little glow in the dark haven on the bottom bunk, putting stickers on the wall and underneath the top bunk. Morgan loved being able to shoot stickers up onto the ceiling above his bed any way he wanted (and I love that they come off super easily if they end up somewhere they shouldn’t!).
Each of our kids also has a special spot for storing ‘treasures’ – things that are special to them, that no one else is allowed to touch without permission. For Noah that is a simple box with his name on it, the girls have an under-bed storage box each, and Morgan has a special set of fabric pockets that hang on the wall next to his top bunk (you can see them in the photo above).
The glow in the dark stickers, the bed rule, and the treasure boxes may seem like small things, but it makes the kids feel like there is a special space that belongs just to them.
Making bedtime work when kids share a room.
Bedtime isn’t much of an issue with the girls, they are twins, so they have similar needs when it comes to sleep, but I was worried about how we’d manage it when the boys started sharing a room – they are three years apart in age, but our simple bedtime routine makes it fairly easy to manage.
All our kids go to bed at the same time, no matter how old they are, and I think this simple thing is the key to making bedtime easier with kids who share a room.
They don’t all go to sleep at the same time, but all four kids are expected to be in their beds doing something quiet until they fall asleep. This means they are less likely to disturb each other, they are learning to respect each other’s need for sleep, and to wind down and relax for sleep themselves.
We use small book lights to allow reading without disturbing each other, and head phones to listen to relaxing music or audio books.
Noah takes a while to fall asleep but has been enjoying playing around with the Glow Show Sticker Launcher light, charging up his glow stickers (they don’t get much natural light on the bottom bunk) and playing with the built in projector wheel. Quiet play like this keeps him happy and occupied and doesn’t disturb his big brother while he reads, or snores!
Glow in the dark stickers are also great for kids who have bedtime fears, Christie from childhood101 shares lots of great ideas for dealing with night time fears and anxieties here.
Glow Show Sticker Launcher and Scene Packs.
The Glow Show Sticker Launcher is a super easy way for kids to customise their space. Just load the launcher, pop a sticker on the nerf dart, and shoot!
It comes with a range of glow in the dark, removable, stickers, and has a built in torch to ‘charge up’ your stickers, and a projector wheel so you can project images onto your glowing wall display. There are three additional Glow Show Scene Packs available and each one comes with its own projector wheel.
This post is co-ordinated by The Remarkables Group