Emily - posted on 07/17/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
I am seriously considering an opportunity to room with another single mom. Right now, my 5-month-old son and I live in an apartment that is okay, but not ideal. The laundry is across the parking lot (ok for now, but not in a winter blizzard) and expensive, there is no yard, the shower water changes temperature at random, etc. A friend of a friend, a single mom of a 4yo girl, needs a roommate in her big house with a fenced back yard and garage. It's closer to work and we would have our own two bedrooms and bathroom.
She seems like a pretty awesome person, and the mutual friend said she is good at setting boundaries, which I think is one of the most important skills for making a roommate situation work. We talked about being able to give each other a little time off, particularly when the kids are asleep and one of us just wants to get out of the house. Does anyone have other suggestions for (a) things to look for before committing to move in or (b) ways to make the roommate relationship successful?