Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday: Backwards Edition

This is my first time participating in a Works For Me Wednesday with Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer.

WFMW is a "blog carnival" (that concept is explained here). Basically, the idea is that on Wednesday you post a little tip you've learned on any (G-rated) topic--anything that has "worked for you" in making your life easier. You post a link back here to my WFMW post, and enter your link in the "Mr. Linky" form at the bottom of my post.

Shannon has switched things up a little today.
Today is Backwards Day at Works-For-Me Wednesday. Instead of sharing a tip that has worked for me I am going to be asking for your advice on an issue that has me stumped.

Dear husband, if you are reading this please stop now . . . you have already listened to this and have permission to gracefully bow out now and let the experts help me!

My question: Come March our children will outnumber available bedrooms. Who should share with who? Do I put the big kids together, even though they are different genders, which could cause me great decorating anxiety OR do I let the big boy and the baby brother share a room? Believe me . . . I have gone back and forth more times than I care to admit and have already wasted many minutes with this. I would love any advice you might have - I know some of you out there have experienced this same dilemma, and I would love to hear what you did. Thanks so much!


Jenn said...

I so feel your pain. We have all boys but they out number our rooms as well. I think it depends on your children's ability to handle change. We opted to let our youngest two share a room because the middle son slept sounder and was nto easily stirred once he was asleep. Just evaluate their personalities first. And rest assured that who ever shares a room with the baby will really sleep through the cries in the middle of the night!

The Roaming Southerner said...

I don't have kids but I am the oldest of three kids (and the only girl). What my mom did for me and my brother (so she says, I sorta remember)...was to keep one room the boys room and the other room for me...when my youngest brother was out of my parents room (6-8 months: he was on a monitor so it was awhile), he slept in the boys room and if need be my brother would "bunk" with me for a bit. I remember me and my middle brother taking naps together alot around that time and we thought it was good fun. Good luck!

Edi said...

We solved our problem by adding a 3rd bedroom in the basement for my dh and I. Are kids are opposite genders - so once they reached a certain age, I felt they should be in sep. rooms - plus I really wanted my dd to have a "pink" room which she loves (her brother loves soldiers - so the combo isn't pleasant).

I'd say keep the younger ones in together as long as possible.

laurel said...

I agree with Jenn. I have all boys (3), and more children than bedrooms, but my decision on who sleeps where is based more on personalities and also how they sleep (light or heavy) than anything else. How close in age are your children? For me, I would rather have the two closest in age (my two youngest), simply b/c my oldest really craves space and quiet, while my other two are more wild and rambunctious and don't care about being alone. :) So, I would say the personalities matter more (at least while they are small) than the gender thing. But I do feel your pain on the redecorating issue!

Milehimama said...

We have 7 children and 3 bedrooms. Our boys share (age 9,8 and 5) and the girls share (age 6, 3, and 2). The baby is still in with us, but will be going in the boys' room when he is old enough.

I did this because I wanted to start modesty habits early. Also, one of our fundamental house rules is boys are not allowed in the girls' room and vice versa (friends, not brothers and sisters, of course.) I know it sounds silly for such little children, but I'm looking ahead to the preteen years and want this to have ALWAYS been the rule, not one we put in place after there is a problem.

Sometimes during nap time I need to split them up and let one sleep on Mom's bed.

Kathleen Marie said...

I think age has a lot to do with it. How old it your eldest boy? Is he at an age where privacy is important?

How close in age is your daughter to the youngest boy?

I had my eldest in rooms alone and the two youngest shared until they got a little older and personalities do count - who gets along the best.

If your daughter is near puberty she really needs her own space and the two boys should share.

God Bless and Good Luck.

jennyshulman said...

I shared a room with my older brother when Alex was born...I can still remember the room...NFL sheets and all!! By the time we were old enough to care, we built out our basement...I think it would be easier to put Davis and Meg together rather than Davis with a newborn...

Paula said...

My girls share a room and we have not had any problems (knock on wood) yet. Erica and Davis are about the same age as Lila and new baby. Lila was in our room until she slept through the night and then in she went with Erica. She loves to have Lila in with her and feels like she's a big helper! We would have put both kids in the same room regardless of the sex but ideally I think girls in one room boys in the other. Good Luck!