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It’s no secret that we have a small house. When we bought our home I was pregnant with Emma and hadn’t necessarily planned on completing our family with Noah (but I’m oh-so glad we did!)
So needless to say that meant Anika and Emma quickly became roomies, which has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s nice when they are getting along and can play together and tell each other secrets, though at times it’s getting a bit more challenging because Anika is 4 ½ years older, so some of the things she likes vs. what Emma likes are completely different (down to the style of their favorite KLEENEX® tissue boxes!) and then – they fight.
My sister and I shared a room for many years growing up and although we were only a year apart, I still recall the two of us doing silly things like dividing the room into half and hanging blankets across as a divider wall, etc., so I know sharing a room isn’t all that easy.
Anika likes her artwork, making her bed and setting her stuffed animals out in order. Emma always has a messy bed, but organized desk drawers with all of her collections – rocks, files, balls – the girl is a collector! Both girls have their weak areas too though (clothes, papers – they must take after their mama!)
Tips to make room sharing more bearable:
1.Create separate spaces for each child – in other words, let them each have their own dresser and desk. It may take up a little more room, but it’s important for them to each have their own personal space.
2.Establish rules on belongings – the girls still have a lot of the same interests such as creating art, but we’ve made it very clear that each of them needs to ask permission prior to using the other’s things, and it the answer given is no, you have to accept that.
3.Allow them each to have their own sense of style – letting them choose special décor accents, whether it’s the paint colors (we currently have half of the room pink and the other half yellow), or things like the style of Kleenex’s they want to keep in their room! When we were shopping at Fred Meyer’s last week Anika immediately fell in love with these KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs (74ct.). They come in Styled Single Packs (74ct.) and KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Wallet 3 Packs and are fun, colorful, and let her personalize her corner of the room just how she want’s too – plus with different designs no one will fight over whose is whose.
What tips do you have for sharing rooms? It’s not easy, but I just always try to remind the girls how lucky they are to have a nice room in our own house with a backyard – and hope that they learn to count their blessings a little more each and every day.Right now Betsey Johson Kleenex® Tissues are available in select Kroger and Kroger banner stores.
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Great tips! I have 3 kids, but 2 boys that will be sharing a room. They are 5 years apart, so I know it will be a challenge. Regardless of gender, I think a lot is the same. Different personalities, small space. Instead of girl's toys it will be LEGOS, model sets and Thomas the Train Sets. #client
Super cute pictures Melissa!!! My daughter always wishes she had a sister. She enjoys her brothers, but wants that girl sibling : )
P.S. My dear friend and I are launching a new blog, thought you might find it fun: http://dearcountrymouse.blogspot.com/
CUTE ideas!! My twin and I shared a room for years, and it takes a lot to make that work :). http://sweetmidlife.com
Very good points!! My daughters (ages 3 and 5) just started sharing a room(after our move) and it's been challenging to say the least. These are all very good points! Thank you!! (PS: I'm visiting from Create Link Inspire.)