Having siblings share a room has many benefits, and it’s also often the most practical solution. For many families, there just isn’t space to have each child in their own room. Also, sharing a room can be a lot of fun for siblings, and it can also promote learning things such as sharing, respect, and bonding with their siblings.
Depending on the age of the two children that will be sharing a room, steps to make sure the transition goes smoothly will vary a little. However, there are some general tips you can follow to help ensure that room sharing is successful. Here are ten tips for getting siblings to share a room together without too much stress and tears.
10 HELP THEM GET BETTER SLEEP WITH A WHITE NOISE MACHINE
When two kids are sharing a room, making sure they both get enough sleep is important. One child might be more of a restless sleeper than the other, or they might be tempted to stay up late talking. While spending time talking and joking around is good for sibling bonding, you also don’t want them to lose out on sleep. A white noise machine can help ensure both siblings get the sleep they need. It can help sleep be more peaceful and be part of their bedtime routine. The noise can also drown out snores or other noises.
9 SET UP SOME RULES
As with most things when it comes to children, setting up rules and boundaries is important. Depending on the age of the children sharing a room, you can talk to them at age-appropriate levels about the rules for sharing a room including bedtimes, personal space, and more.
This way each child will know what the expectations are for their shared space and what the rules are. This will help the process go more smoothly.
8 KEEP THEIR SLEEP SCHEDULE CONSISTENT
For kids, getting enough sleep is essential. Having a consistent sleep schedule for each child is important. If one child is quite a bit older than the other, remember it’s totally okay, and probably for the best, to have different bedtimes. However, the important thing is to set up the routine and stick to it. This will make it less likely for the younger child to complain about not getting to stay up later. Also, be sure to keep wake up times consistent as well. This will help both children get enough rest and feel healthy and happy.
7 KEEP THE ROOM ORGANIZED
When two kids are sharing a room, it can be easy for the room to get messy really quickly. While you want your children to be able to enjoy their room, you don’t want the room to always be messy. Having a space for every item can help reduce mess. This way, both you and your children know where everything goes. This can make it easier for them to clean up their room after they’ve made a mess, and it can help teach them about responsibility and age-appropriate chores.
6 LET BOTH SIBLINGS DECORATE THEIR SIDE OF THE ROOM
If the siblings sharing a room are a little older, they are both going to want to express their individuality and interests. They might not want to share since they’ll want to feel like they have their own space. One way to help with this is to let each child decorate their side of the room. Consider letting them pick out paint or decorations for their side, within reason of course. You can also let them choose to put up their own artwork or other things that they enjoy and make them happy.
5 REMEMBER THAT THINGS WILL SETTLE WITH TIME
At first, it might be a bit difficult as the siblings adjust to sharing space. However, things will get easier and settle as time goes on. They will learn how to share the space with one another, and everyone will get into a normal routine. In many cases, children find that they like sharing a room with a sibling as they have someone to play with. Also, having someone else in the room can be a comfort to kids who get scared at night.
4 HAVE A PLAN B FOR SLEEPING SEPARATELY SOMETIMES
While setting up a consistent schedule for sleeping is important, sometimes there are extenuating circumstances that mean the children will need to be separated at night.
If one kid is sick, or if a younger child is crying a lot, there should be an option in place to move one child for the night. Whether that’s into your room or an extra room, this will ensure that sleep isn’t as disrupted in these situations.
3 TALK TO OLDER CHILDREN BEFOREHAND
If the siblings that will be sharing a room are older, especially over the age of three, you should talk to them about the transition beforehand. You can explain that they will be sharing a room and talk about expectations. You can also get them excited about the prospect of sharing by talking about all of the great things about it. You could also possibly consider offering some incentive or reward charts.
2 TEACH OLDER CHILDREN TO RESPECT EACH OTHER’S THINGS
Sharing a room is a great way to teach children some good life skills. You can help teach them about sharing and being kind to one another.
But, also, you can teach each child about the importance of respecting the other’s space and things. Make it understood that some items are special and personal and shouldn’t be messed with.
1 HELP THEM CREATE THEIR OWN PERSONAL SPACE
As children get older, they want their own independence and to feel like their own person. So, sharing a room can sometimes pose a challenge as older children might feel frustrated by having their siling in their space. You can set up spaces that allow each child their own privacy and items. Consider setting one side of the room for each child or buying two of each item of furniture. You can even consider creating things like partitions or curtains for when they really need to be alone.