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Parenting Q&A: OK For Opposite-Sex Siblings to Share Room?

Parenting Q&A: OK For Opposite-Sex Siblings to Share Room?


Q. My son, 1, and daughter, 3, share a room. Is there a certain point when they should be moved into separate bedrooms?

A. Other cultures do not have the luxury of space to create gender-exclusive rooms. We are a bit phobic about having our sons and daughters together too long. I personally think it is a lovely experience for both as long as they feel like they have privacy; typically this occurs when the eldest starts elementary school and begins to clearly choose same-sex friends. An older sister will not want to share her Polly Pocket world with her new BFF and her little brother. It is for that reason, and only that reason, I can see splitting them up. Boys and girls, despite my generation's theories, do play differently and should be able to have their own space to do so.

— Lonna Corder


Parenting expert and Montessori school director Lonna Corder has been doling out advice for 25 years as a teacher, parent/child consultant, and on television. For more information, visit lonnacorder.com.

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