Shared Bedrooms: Ages 0-5

Creative Discipline

The toddler and preschool years are a great time to move kids to a shared room: tots will likely be excited about the switch and adapt quickly. And though many parents worry that children won’t sleep well in a shared room, fretting is usually unfounded – some little ones actually sleep better with a sibling nearby. But disciplining young roommates can be tricky. Without the bedroom as a default timeout, cool-down spot, parents have to get creative about discipline, says Brightwood.

“If young kids need a secluded spot to cool down or take a break, it’s possible to create private space throughout the house, in the parents’ room, a den, even a bathroom.”

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