Children sharing a room Vs. Having their own room
Growing up I always had my own room. I loved the freedom of not having anyone touch my stuff and I was a loner in my house so it worked out well for me. My kids on the other hand, don't have much of a choice (being that there are so many of them) and I'm not sure I would want it the other way around.
Don't get me wrong, I see what I just said but I also know first hand, especially after I was a teenager, the kind of things that went on in my room because after all, there was no one there to tell on me.
All 4 boys share one room. We have 2 sets of bunk beds. When we first got married and merged our two families, it was quite trying for the boys. Joel was the oldest and even after merging families, he was still the oldest but it made Bryan now be in the middle, a challenging adjustment for him. Nick is still the baby and it played that role to a tee. It was nice to watch the boys after awhile because I noticed that they were communicating and learning to compromise and deal with each other. Of course we are talking about 4 boys so there is still fighting. I think sharing a room teaches teamwork and communication skills.
The girls were already use to sharing a room since they are both my biological daughters. My daughters formed a bond I never had with either of my stepsisters or with my half sister. I can only contribute that to them having to share a room with one another.