Jumping on the bed, pillow fights, watching Mom and Dad's TV, eating crackers on the duvet. Sometimes I feel like my bedroom is less of a retreat for us grown-ups and more like a fast-food restaurant playground. But what can I really do about it? Could I seriously make my bedroom off-limits to the kids when we live in such a small space?
Thinking back to my parents, and then my grandparents, their bedrooms were all off-limits to us as kids. My Mom and Dad tried their best to enforce this, but occasionally we'd come in for a snuggle in their big soft bed or to try on Mom's shoes. My grandparents, on the other hand — no one
was allowed in their room. I think I can count the number of times I saw my grandmother's dressing table — with her hairbrush, mirror and comb set perfectly laid out on a crocheted handkerchief — on one hand.
However, I never even thought of doing the same in my home. Until a few weeks ago, that is. I had a new neighbor come over to visit for a cup of tea and a getting-to-know-you session. My three year old came out of my room, proud as can be, yelling "look Mom, I'm a forklift!" carrying an entire drawer from my bedside table, complete with...well, erm, very personal items
. He plonked the drawer down in the middle of the room and ran away, while my poor new neighbor looked on in horror. Two thoughts crossed my mind at that point: "1. Well, she is really getting to know me now. And 2. Perhaps we should think about having the kids not go in there."
But what can I do? We live in a 4 room apartment. Blocking off access to our bedroom means the living space for my kids is reduced by 25%. Do you live in a small space? Is your bedroom off-limits to kids?
And while thinking about it, don't forget to check out the perfectly dreamy bedrooms in the My Bedroom Retreat
competition. Sigh. One day!