A shared bedroom between children can be a dangerous place. Children who share a room with each other will often act out to get their own way and it becomes difficult for parents to keep peace. Parents need to not only teach the children how to behave, but they also need to show them how much they love one another by setting boundaries that make sense. This article offers some tips on how you can design a shared kids bedroom that is conducive for parents and children alike.
The importance of boundaries
It is important for parents to set boundaries that make sense. When children are able to know what they are allowed and not allowed to do in the shared bedroom, they can learn how to behave with each other. A helpful way for parents to teach their children about boundaries is by letting them plan out a few rules of the room. For example, you could tell them that the bed will be off limits before bedtime. Or you could teach them that certain toys or games should be put away before bedtime. Another rule may be that no food or drinks are allowed in the bedroom before bedtime. You want your children to know what is expected of them so they can self-regulate their behavior during the day by taking care of themselves during their designated time slots.
Common mistakes parents make in the design of a shared kids bedroom
Many parents make a common mistake when designing a shared kids bedroom. They focus on the children’s needs and not the parent’s needs. For example, many parents will design their kids room with bunk beds so that they can fit in more than one child without too much conflict. But this can often lead to a lot of conflict because both children want to stay up late for the same activities such as watching TV or playing video games.
In addition, some parents will put a lot of toys and fun activities around the house so that their kids don’t feel cooped up in their room all day long. The problem with this is that it becomes difficult for them to have uninterrupted time with one another. The other issue is that they may not be able to have time together because they are too busy doing activities like playing video games or watching TV.
Solutions for designing a shared kids bedroom
The first tip is to put the children on a schedule. It’s important for children to know what time they will be able to go into their own room and when they need to be in bed or outside playing. This will avoid conflicts.
Another solution is to focus on the positives of sharing a bedroom. You can start by talking about the benefits of sharing a bedroom with your child, such as how it helps them learn how to compromise, share, and cooperate with other people.
The last tip is not to take it personally if your child takes out their frustrations on you by acting out or pushing back boundaries. Remember that this is part of your role as parent and it’s usually easy for children to push their parents’ buttons because they are so young (at this age, they are still working out who they are).
Consider the Feelings of the Kids who are Sharing the Bedroom
Consider the feelings of the kids who are sharing the bedroom. The first step to designing a shared kids bedroom is to consider what the children will be feeling while they sleep in this space. Children won't want to share if they feel that they don't have control over their own space or if they feel like parents aren't listening to them.
In order to make sure that children feel safe and loved, you can create a symbolic boundary between the two beds, and for older children, create an actual wall in their room so that they cannot see each other. This symbol of a wall will let younger siblings know that the older sibling has power over this space and is respected as an individual. It's also important to teach your child how to behave and set limits by doing activities like playing games, reading books aloud, or telling stories before bed.
It’s important to recognize the importance of boundaries in a shared kids bedroom. Boundaries helps kids feel safer and more comfortable when they are in the bedroom. It’s also important to avoid common mistakes that parents make when designing a shared kids bedroom.
Avoid common mistakes like:
- A) Not setting clear boundaries
- B) Not using the kids interest to design the bedroom
- C) Making decisions for the kids and not involving them
- D) Trying to put one kid in charge of design
- E) Not considering the feelings of the kids who are sharing the bedroom