Represent their interests
Give your children some ownership over their part of their room. Allow them to decorate the area around their bed with things that represent their interests. We love these new tiger garlands by @velveteen_babies and this super cute bunny print by @roseendcreations.
Making sure your children get enough sleep when they’re sharing can be tricky! Bed time can easily begin to mean play time so take care to ensure your children know that time for bed means time for sleep. Children of all ages respond well to a calming bed time routine to help them settle. For older children being clear that lights off means stay in bed and no talking is a helpful way of them identifying when it’s time to settle down. Keep a look out for our blog post next week where we’ll be talking all about bedtime routines to help your children sleep.
Twice as many children in a small space means twice as much mess! Teaching your children to take pride in their space not only helps them develop some responsibility but also cuts down on tidying up for parents. Choose something which is manageable and age appropriate which your child can do for themselves. For younger children this may just mean putting toys away before bed time where as you might ask your teenager to hoover and dust once a week (and not hide empty cups of tea under their bed!).
When planning your room layout try to allow for different ‘zones’ in the bedroom. Having an area for play which is separate from an area for sleep can help children know what to expect – for example you might always read with them in one corner of the room so this becomes the ‘book corner’ for quiet times whereas the rug is where you do bigger more creative games like building train tracks or playing cars. For older children and teenagers who do their homework in their bedrooms this is particularly important – having a separate ‘work area’ which is setup for them helps get them in the mindset to focus and be productive and also reduces back and neck pain complaints found in teenagers who do their homework hunched up on their beds.
In a shared room it is good to find the space (however small) to create separate areas for each child with an agreement in place that the other/s don’t touch or disturb someone else’s space.
Do your children share a room? We’d love to see and hear your creative ideas for making shared spaces a success. Comment below or tag us in your pictures on Instagram @mosnox_kids