Child-development experts say there’s no hard and fast rule about children being roommates, so consider these factors:
- Personalities. Some siblings prefer each other’s company and aren’t as happy being alone.
- Development. Are they developmentally ready for their own room? This usually varies according to the ages and genders of the individual child.
- Independence. Living separately can give a child more independence and a greater sense of privacy, and it could lead to more freedom of personal expression when it comes to decorating.
- Bonding. Rooming together creates great bonds. Siblings learn about solving problems and compromise. They learn how to share. It also prepares them for life in college dorms or apartments later on.
- Gender. If your children are different genders it may be okay for them to share a room when they are younger but as they get older they will need their privacy and separate spaces.