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Should siblings (even twins) share a room?

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How well your children adapt to sharing a room will depend on a lot of factors, including their individual personalities and temperaments and on their ages. For instance, a toddler who shares a room with an infant probably won’t grasp that your baby needs quiet to sleep while an older child would.
Then there are practicalities. Vastly different schedules, special needs, or even preferring to sleep with a nightlight (while the other sibling doesn’t) can cause problems when children share a room. Some children, on the other hand, particularly twins or siblings of similar ages, tend to do better when they share a room. They have a built in companion and playmate, and some children even sleep better when they share a room.
Even so, while this arrangement might work while your children are younger, as they get older, that may change, as their need for privacy increases. Let your children, their behaviour, and their needs be your guide but by all means, if it seems feasible, give room sharing a try. You might find that your children love it.
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Re: Should siblings (even twins) share a room?
My identical twin sister and i shared a room until we left home and shared a bed until we were 17 - I don't think we are emotionally scarred because of it. We did at one time demand separate bedrooms which Mum agreed to, but it just meant that Mum had two teenage messy rooms but only one bed was ever slept in because we would go to each other's room. ( we are 49 now) There are now some wonderful ways to share bedrooms but allow the identity of each twin to show through. On my pinterest page I have collected many Bedroom ideas for Twins and triplets. Visit to view my page
Karen   |   August 31, 2013 06:23 PM
Re: Should siblings (even twins) share a room?
We have twins and a toddler, we had to give them all separate rooms for the last year but hope to put the boys in together this week. The twins had to be separated in order to get a good sleep routine, before they kept waking each other every few hours or so but now everyone gets a full nights sleep :) We reckon the 3yr old and 1 1/2 yr old are ready to have their boys room so to try that out this weekend :O
   |   August 11, 2011 01:35 PM Delete

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