Parents should encourage their children to have their own separate bedroom at a young age. This will signal the start of their independence. A child who has been assigned his own room and given the responsibility to maintain the same in an orderly fashion tends to good in organizational skills. It also improves his ability to handle bigger responsibilities. Parents who are able to do this will easily see the great improvement in their child’s behavior.
The road to a child’s independence is not that easy. Young children usually do not want to leave the side of their parents or their older siblings. If they are given the choice, they would rather sleep at a bedroom where they have companions. This is because they feel safe and secure with their parents and siblings. This is especially true during night time when the lights are turned off. Children who are not reassured that nothing will happen to them if they stay in their own bedroom will usually find a way to get back to their safety zone – the bedroom where their parents or siblings are sleeping. If parents are not able to check this behavior, children will grow to be insecure adults.
One way to assure young children that nothing will happen to them if they sleep in a separate room is to put a night lamp which will illuminate the room. This is a big push for young children who want to have a transition period from having somebody to accompany him in a room to being totally alone.