I love it that my boys are friends. They love to play and jabber and laugh together. They like to bounce on each other's beds (until mama catches them) and tell jokes that only they understand. It is so cute, and so much fun.
Recently I decided to move their beds into the same side of their large bedroom. Previously they were separated by a partial wall for sleep time - now the other side of the room is preparing to be the "classroom" area. It made sense to move them because their room has 1 air conditioner and 1 heat vent - both on Monkey's side of the room. So I decided that while Mr. Crum was at work one day, I would take care of it.
Everything fits so nicely the way it's set up. It's great being able to read with both of them easily at bed time. It's friendly having them in their together. Until it comes time for actually sleeping. We have a couple of problems when it's actually sleep time.
Problem 1: My boys are friends - they want to play and entertain each other to avoid sleep.
Problem 2: Monkey has decided he is ready to actually go to sleep, but Crackers still wants to entertain everyone, so he squeals and giggles and jumps in his bed... and Monkey gets angry and frustrated.
It's unpredictable exactly which problem we'll run into when. Generally nap time is easier than bed time for some reason. We've attempted to fix this problem by separating them at the start of bed time. Crackers goes to bed first - he's generally easier to get to sleep - while Mr. Crum reads to Monkey. Mr. Crum puts Monkey to bed when he's done reading. This works when Monkey feels like he wants to sleep AND Crackers has already fallen asleep.
Does anyone else have struggles with shared bedrooms? Does anyone have great solutions? These boys are likely to share a bedroom for a very long time!