Is there a law in some states about siblings (boy and girl)n sharing a room?

Wendy - posted on 07/16/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a 7 year old boy and a 4 year old girl and b/c we live in a three bedroom apt w/the 3rd bedroom being an office and kids bedroom being part of a small bonus room and they both share that room. We are in the process of finding a home by the end of the year and wonder if its okay to have them both in there right now. Would like to know your views!!! Thankyou

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Katherine - posted on 07/17/2011

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According to a few sites I went on, there is NO law prohibiting siblings from sharing a room. They were just like chat room sites though, nothing concrete, but all 5 said no.

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Nadine - posted on 07/17/2011

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I dont know what state your in but I agree that you should look into it for your specific state. I know the last I knew in Michigan was that once one of the siblings turn 4 they are supposed to be separated however not sure if that is for all children or foster children only.

Jodi - posted on 07/17/2011

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I can't see a problem with it either at this point. If neither of the children has expressed discomfort with the situation, I wouldn't worry. It is really only once one of them gets close to puberty that this would generally be a problem.

And just for the record, when we are on holidays anywhere, our 6 year old daughter generally has to share a room with her 13 and 12 year old brothers. We just make it clear that the bathroom is for privacy, but it's difficult to expect it in a shared bedroom.

Stifler's - posted on 07/17/2011

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Never heard of a law but I don't see a problem really. If they're embarrassed about getting dressed in front of each other they can get dressed in the bathroom.

Michelle - posted on 07/16/2011

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I have never heard of such a law for biological children. I have heard of such a law for foster children. Even though it seems like most people believe it is law. I looked it up to be sure and I can tell you that no such law is on the books in Colorado for your own kids. You should look it up to be sure but I don't think that's even really enforceable. For many many years my parents couldn't afford more then a two bedroom and my brother, sister and I all shared a room. You'll probably want to separate them at some point but it's probably fine for now.

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