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Published: Friday, Feb. 7 2014 9:23 a.m. MST

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Maudine
SLC, UT

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.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

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!

RBB
Sandy, UT

Obviously written by someone from Manhattan who had one sibling. Try a Mormon or Catholic family with 8 kids in a 4 bedroom house.

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

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.

Sego Lilly
Salt Lake City, UT

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)

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