Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A room of their own

I knew from the beginning that I wanted my boys to share a room.  I think there is something magical about sharing a room with your siblings when you're young.  When they grow older, we'll consider separate rooms, but until then, I think sharing is best.  My three-year-old has had a room all to himself and we're in the process of transforming his room into a shared space.  Our baby, Charlie, is consistently sleeping through the night, sleeping the same hours that his older brother sleeps.  So, I figure this is a good time to make the switch.  I'll post photos when we've finished the re-do, but until then, I'd love to hear your thoughts about sharing rooms.  Did you share a room with your brother or sister as a child?  What should I keep in mind as I help the boys make this transition?  Is there something I should add to a shared room besides an extra bed?

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And just for fun, here are some photos of the dynamic duo. 





If you're looking for a new bed, especially if you're looking for a way to save space, then you should look at the bunk beds at www.dreams.co.uk.  When Walker gets a little older, we'll definitely transition to bunks!

13 comments:

Amy Mathews said...

We just finished the boys room a few weeks ago. They've shared for a while now, but once we switched them to a different room upstairs and decorated it all new for them, it became "their" room. It's fun to sit outside the room at night and listen to them whisper together. It's even better to check on them at night and find little brother has crawled into bed with big brother. <3

Brandi said...

I always wanted a sister to share a room with! I think storage should be the focus. And also laying everything out so it doesn't look too chopped up. I'm sure you'll make it look fabulous! Charlie is getting so big!

paisley penguin said...

I shared a room as a child with my sister up until my Senior year of high school. I do think sharing as children is fun for those scary stormy nights and endless hours of playing but at a certain age I believe a child should have their own space if you can do it. I do think it promotes sharing and compromise better.

Vintage is for Lovers said...

It melts my heart seeing my two boys love on each other. My son James is 2 and my son Oliver is 9 months. I am not sure if they will share a room; but if they did, I would make sure to honor them as individuals since they are so close in age. They will be sharing a bathroom, so I need to figure out what "theme" I want . . . isn't it so fun!! xo Samantha

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

Sweetness! I love the idea of children sharing a room.

Kate said...

As the oldest of five girls...I have to say that it was overrated, sharing. It's more fun for the little ones, probably. I would not use the word 'magical' - unless you had that experience. I couldn't get my homework done, etc.

On practical matters, storage is really important & also no one wants to feel like a baby with their stuff. It's really important to feel like you have your own space. I think too many people are imposing their idealized vision of it...your children are not toys. (I don't mean you personally...I mean in general:)

Sarah (La Maison Boheme) said...

Kate - you make a couple of fantastic points. "Magical" may very well be an over statement. We fully intend to give them separate rooms when they become school aged. Thats a ways off, though. I'll definitely be focusing on storage and creating individual nooks for them both. Thanks for your comment!

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

How adorable are these guys! As the youngest of five, I shared until I was a teen.. and I never really minded. Our 3 kids all have their own rooms, and every weekend they chose one room and all have a"sleepover" togehter, so there you go!

YHOSIE said...

i shared a room with my brother, until finally i give up with his messy habit :D

XoXo ...

Ilona said...

sharing is fun and important part of learning how to think of others as well, but it is also important to have something of their own, such as a locker or such where they can keep their trinkets, toys and stuff that are important ... their little nook...my boys had to share up until they were 10-12... it helps them learn about respect too!

lisaroyhandbags said...

I shared a room with my sister growing up. I didn't particularily enjoy it, but likely because we were too far apart in age (6 years difference). We only played together for a short time (while she was still playing with Barbies and I was just starting to) but then she quickly became a pre-teen and I was still a kid and then the bickering started. Neither one of us could really have our friends over since we both wanted to be in the room at the same time (and we had no other play room). I was very glad when my brother went away to college and she moved into his room - finally we had our own space.

Your boys look so sweet and being so close in age, I'm sure they'll have some fun times together! Individual nooks are a great idea so that they have a little spot of their own. :)

Anonymous said...

I take it you asked the older boy and he's happy about it. Sharing a room with my sister wasn't a choice with me. It was more fun as a little kid, but school age or maybe 9 or 10 is probably good timing to let them have their own rooms. I had to wait til I was fifteen for my own room. I was SO happy when it finally happened. - Jean

Sarah (La Maison Boheme) said...

Yes, Jean... we made sure to talk with our older boy about the possibility. He thought it was a great idea and even invited his baby brother to sleep in his room. If our older one wasn't happy about it, we probably wouldn't have done it.