Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Kids sharing bedrooms
I've recently been considering the challenges of getting the kids to not disturb each other when going to sleep or upon waking in the morning.
I thought the challenges of sharing were a normal part of life, and not just because we have five kids. I just assumed that most people had their children sharing.
But apparently not. Over the years I've observed that the many people renovating and extending their homes are doing it so that they can give their children their own bedroom (especially their teenagers).
At the moment we are happily renting a three bedroom house. We have a boy's room and a girl's room.
Now I'm wondering if maybe my kids are getting ripped off. Is this some kind of a 'Training for living in slum conditions' boot camp I'm running?
But I hardly think so. Many people in the world all sleep in the same room - and cook in that space - and do the washing - and do all the living.
Problem is ... my kids seem happy enough. Actually, the youngest is completely hopeless at sleeping on her own. A few months ago her big sisters were away on a camp and she begged her brother to share with her. He wasn't so keen. He quite likes his own bed.
I know it isn't easy for all of them. Especially the older kids. But hey, this isn't a hotel. It's our home.
And here are my two concluding thoughts:
1. I have to share my bedroom every day of my life.
2. If they want a room of their own, they might need to get a job and work out how to rent something for themselves when they finish school.
Hey, I'm not that heartless - I'll feed them when they come back to visit!