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Poll Results: At what age should a child have his/her own bedroom?

 
  • 8% (7)
    From birth
  • 1% (1)
    1
  • 8% (7)
    2
  • 13% (11)
    3
  • 5% (5)
    4
  • 11% (10)
    5
  • 3% (3)
    6
  • 0% (0)
    7
  • 2% (2)
    8
  • 2% (2)
    9
  • 11% (10)
    10 or older
  • 30% (26)
    Never
84 Total Votes  
post #21 of 31
I would never call it a necessity. In lots of cultures, people share a bedroom their entire lives. It's not part of the human condition to need a private space apart from your parents. That said, my almost-five-year-old has his own room, and I'm working on converting the "study" (my husband's room full of boxes) into a bedroom for my 20-month-old to gradually move into as she gets ready for it. It's nice and convenient for everyone to have their own rooms, but there's no real need for it in the way that we need food and air and art.

Nealy
Mama to Thales, 12/9/02, and Lydia, 2/26/06
post #22 of 31
I agree-I wouldn't call it a necessity either. For some kids however, it does help greatly when they have their own space, and if it's feasable, it's a good idea for a child who wants it. I think that 10+ is usually a good age. It all depends on the kid though-some kids are really independent and need room to breathe, and yet others need just the opposite.
post #23 of 31
I'm the oddball and said from birth. I think it is important for them to have their own space - even if they don't sleep in it at first. Part of the thrill and excitement of giving birth was fixing up the nursery and fitting each new member into our household with their own space. To me (and this is just my opinion), fixing up their own space means they are an important member of the family, deserving of their own bed, dresser, closet, toys, clothes, etc. My kids shared a room (sons in one, daughter in another), so I don't have a issue with siblings sharing. I would just feel weird if they didn't have their own space to call their own.
post #24 of 31
I don't think it's ever "needed," but I think by about age 10, lots of kids really want one.
post #25 of 31
DS slept with us until he was 8. I didn't 'kick' him out but I encouraged it. We are expecting #2 and we are not doing a bedroom at all and will just wait until the child wants their own room. I kind of expect it to happen maybe sooner since they may want to be like their big brother and all that, but who knows. Totally will follow their lead.

I didn't answer the poll because it depends on the child. I think when a child WANTS their own room, it's nice to provide one. Certainly not a necessity if space is an issue, though.
post #26 of 31
DD1 is close to 5 and we've just set up a room for her in the last week. It wasn't need until then, we have a playroom, her toys are kept there, she slept with us so a room of her own was useless. She decided that she ready to sleep on her own and requested a room.
post #27 of 31
I voted 2 cause even if they don't sleep there its nice for them to have a seperate space if they want it....
post #28 of 31
I don't think a child every really NEEDS his/her own room. However, I think at some point MOM & DAD need their own room! So from the child's point of view, I have to say never. From Mom & Dad's I have to say about 3.
post #29 of 31
Kids are becoming more mature these days. I'm giving my boy his own room when he turns 6.
post #30 of 31
My DS is a few monthsshy of 3 and has desire to sleep in his own bed more or less room.
It probably just depends on the child.
post #31 of 31
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Originally Posted by primjillie View Post
I'm the oddball and said from birth. I think it is important for them to have their own space - even if they don't sleep in it at first. Part of the thrill and excitement of giving birth was fixing up the nursery and fitting each new member into our household with their own space. To me (and this is just my opinion), fixing up their own space means they are an important member of the family, deserving of their own bed, dresser, closet, toys, clothes, etc. My kids shared a room (sons in one, daughter in another), so I don't have a issue with siblings sharing. I would just feel weird if they didn't have their own space to call their own.
Mine too. They co-slept for about 3-6 months, then transitioned into their own rooms. We did it without any trauma to them too (Gradual system of naps, sitting beside the bed, them falling asleep unaided). They slept so much better! They have had separate rooms until we moved 2 years ago, and after about 2 months in their new rooms, made the decision to share a room. So we have an extra room until they decide they they want their own rooms again.

My stepson is 15 and he sleeps in the *extra* room on an air mattress when he stays with us.

I didnt get my own room until I was 14, so I always said my kids would all have their own rooms. Then they go and decide to share!
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