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How Important Is It For Child To Have Their Own Room?

A Room of One's Own: How Important Is It For a Child?

The Bradys had six kids split into two rooms! Sharing a bedroom isn't all that uncommon. Some parents believe communal lairs teach their children to think outside of themselves, resolve conflicts, and adapt to other people's needs. Not to mention that great sibling conversations can be sparked in the dark! Other moms and dads think that youngsters should have their own space to organize their belongings, enjoy a good night's rest, and maintain a certain level of privacy. What do you think?

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amber512 amber512 6 years
I never had to share a room with my brother and frankly, I'm thankful. I think at a certain age it becomes essential for girls and boys to have their own space. When I was a teen, I definitely wouldn't have wanted my little brother in my room!
DiamondSkies DiamondSkies 6 years
Unless sharing a room is the only thing that can be done then I think that children should have their own space. I do however, think that young children can benefit from sharing a room. (until about 5-6)
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
Seperate rooms if you can afford it is important when children are older, imo. I shared 75% of my life because we were a lower income family with 4 children, and a lot of the time it sucked. There were very few rewards for it, as most of us didn't get along at all. I was also an insomniac forced to lie in darkness for hours on end whenever I had to share a room.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
I like the idea of separate rooms. My girls will often choose to bunk together, for up to a couple of weeks at a time. But they like that they have their own space when needed. Especially my middle daughter. She likes her quiet time.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I think a separate room for each child is a great idea, if the parents can comfortably afford it. If not, though, sharing a room teaches a lesson about living within one's means: Living in a small house and never going without food/clothing/the school trip that all the other kids are going on/etc. isn't really that bad.
psterling psterling 6 years
I don't think its the end of the world if kids have to share a room but having your own room teaches a child about privacy and taking care of your environment. Plus, sometimes kids just need to be alone.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
I've never heard such rationale for sharing a room. I am pretty sure no parent who has the space for seperate rooms for their children would make their child share just for those "benefits". I think that's just a good excuse for why they shouldn't have to move to a bigger place - just rationalizing the fact that their kids have to share. I think it's important to have your own room. Very important. I think it's unfair to make them share, and it's very antiquated. My parents both shared rooms with their siblings because back then families had a lot more children and smaller homes, but now, I think you should do what you can to give your child their own space.
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