Tuesday, March 11, 2014
My year of less is more: do they need their own bedroom?
Every now and then I get the guilts about our kids being a bit squashed in their bedrooms (boys' room/girls' room). It didn't help when the seven year old was yelling at me on Saturday because I hadn't provided her with her own desk and 'ALL the others have one' (not quite true - the second youngest doesn't have one and I don't have one, but ok, that probably wasn't the moment to point that out).
But then we get to Sunday afternoon and everyone's working on their homework and 4/5 kids are in the kitchen/dining room. And two of those kids have their own laptops and desks to work at.
So I'm not convinced by the seven year old's argument, and especially not by the 'But when they're teenagers they'll need their own bedroom for study' argument that I hear from lots of adults. I haven't seen the teenagers using their desks (that are the envy of the younger siblings) for much more than dumping their clean clothes, dirty clothes, textbooks, school notes, music, etc. on. They mostly work at the dining table in the middle of the chaos. I do encourage them to move, but they usually say no, they're happy where they are.
Does anyone else have this same thing go on? They love to say they want their own room but then want to do their work with everyone else around.