Bunk Mates: When a Sibling Must Share a Room with Baby
Is your baby-to-be going to share a room with his older sibling? Try these suggestions for decorating and introducing the concept to your older child.
My Name in Lights (or at Least on the Wall)
“Monogramming is very popular today in both children’s and nursery décor, even if a child does not share a room. This is an adorable and stylish way to accessorize the room and also gives the child a sense of worth and importance. We all love to see our names and initials on our belongings, no matter what our age,” explains Blum, who has created her very own line of personalized children’s wall hangings and accessories. She uses the same basic design, yet, “each child’s initial and name are incorporated into the design of their own wall hanging. The wall hangings work very well when hung over each child’s bed or crib to help in identifying the child’s personal space, which in turn gives each child his/her own sense of self worth and individuality within this shared space.”
Words of Advice
Lesli Johnson reminds parents that they should maintain a focus on “the positive aspects of sharing a room, and also to hear each child’s concerns in an empathic way.” Dr. Hackworth, who is also CEO and founder of Askachildpsychologist.com agrees, concluding that parents should also “remember, for plenty of reasons from centuries ago until the present, children all over the world have shared rooms and they’ve survived just fine. It’ll be OK!”
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