With our large home remodel project our downstairs living space has given us no choice but to put our two boys Nicholas (6) and Henry (3) into one shared space. While we have experienced ups and downs of a shared room I believe that for a portion of time having siblings share a room is a good thing. Here are of the great benefits we have experienced with my two boys sharing a room over the last year:
It Enhances Self-Security: Always knowing that you are not alone is a comfort to kids; sharing a space with a sibling creates a sense of security that can relax a child. Even if all they are protecting each other from is the monster in the closet or the darkness.
It promotes bonding and communication: It is fun to listen to the giggling and the conversations that happen after the lights go out. The best part is the bonding and getting to know each other that happens in a shared space, it makes me so happy.
It helps learn problem solving skills : What's mine is yours, whats yours is mine. My boys learned that lesson fast. Sharing a room has taught them how and when to share while also learning the benefits of teamwork when cleaning up. When mom comes in and asks for cleanup they are not allowed to point fingers (which is a hard lesson to learn); they negotiate responsibilities and just get the job done.
As we look forward in anticipation of moving into our new remodeled home I wanted to give you a preview of the design plan for our boys shared bedroom space upstairs. There room will have an overarching "superhero" theme with details from their favorite characters Captain America and Spider Man. My plan is to incorporate natural wood with Navys and Greys to create a grown up and functional space for their new room. Take a look at my inspiration below and let me know what you think in the comments.