The idea of children having their own rooms is a very recent development - and
when it first started, it was applied to the oldest child who was waiting for
marriage, college, or a career, and when that one moved out, the next oldest
still at home got the room.True, there are some concerns over older
children of opposite genders sharing a room, but many families used to just hang
a blanket - or create some other type of privacy screen for dressing and
undressing. Often the children slept in a loft and didn't even technically
have four walls on their room - never mind a door.This really is not
a recent phenomenon. If you look at older homes, including log cabins and such,
it is not uncommon for there to be a very limited number of bedrooms - one for
mom and dad, and then maybe two more so that there was a room for the girls and
a room for the boys. But the addition of the extra rooms indicated a higher
socio-economic status since they required additional costs for heating.
I agree with Maudine on this one. How old was the person who wrote this
article? How short is our cultural memory? Did anyone watch Leave It To Beaver
where the two boys shared a room - and this was a fairly affluent family!
Obviously written by someone from Manhattan who had one sibling. Try a Mormon
or Catholic family with 8 kids in a 4 bedroom house.
Some people just don't have a clue. I got my own room in the 6th and 7th
grade...prior to, and after that, I shared with siblings.Very few of
my friends had their own room, either.
I remember at a very young age we had four kids in one bedroom (2 sets of
bunkbeds)and the youngest slept in the living room or my parents' room. At
the age of about 11 I got my own room. We had moved when I was 8 into a bigger
apartment.My kids shared a bedroom (2 kids each)