Sharing is Caring
Shared bedrooms are the norm throughout much of the world, and a trend towards smaller homes is making shared bedrooms a reality for families (Lewis, par 12). Many families opt for their children to double up out of necessity, although shared bedrooms can benefit siblings. Nevertheless, some families may experience a few bumps on their way to room sharing success. Shared room arrangements work well in the early years and with siblings of the same gender. However, siblings of different age or gender may not profit from sharing a single space. Whether parents do it to save some space or to foster a closer relationship between one’s children, sharing a bedroom has its pros ...view middle of the document...
8). One bedroom can be a functional space to keep all of the children’s essential items.
Siblings sharing a single space can result in economic advantages. Newlywed couples with newborn babies and
toddlers often have a low budget when purchasing a first home because of wedding, pregnancy, and vehicle expenses (Kane par 15). Buying a smaller home and having children share a bedroom is less expensive than buying a bigger home. Having siblings share a bedroom also eliminates the need to renovate and build additional bedrooms (Lewis par. 9). This saves parents from spending money on carpeting, windows, ceiling tiles, wall wood frames, electrical wiring, paint, and furniture expenses. Sharing a bedroom saves money and space in one’s home.
Sharing a bedroom also produces unfavorable effects that most siblings and parents do not want to occur. The issue of privacy as siblings grow older is a concern for most parents. As children grow into teenagers, they pass through personal stages such as puberty, which is a time of growth when one needs privacy to explore and understand their body (Kane par 10). Also, as teenagers grow they will start engaging in sexual and romantic relationships, forcing siblings to acquire personal spaces to achieve privacy.
Siblings who share a room that are several years apart
or different genders may disagree more often, physically fight, or intentionally destroy one another’s personal
belongings. This creates drama between the siblings and potentially between the parents. Also, incompatible siblings may have contrasting opinions on room cleanliness, furniture layout, or bedtimes (Kane par 6). Opposing behaviours can result in unhealthy relationships between the siblings and parents. This can create more stress and tension between a family.
Siblings sharing a bedroom might...