The move to have the kids share a bedroom has been a great decision. Both Megan and Alex have loved being close to the other.
But changing the now-spare bedroom into a playroom hasn’t been as successful. Having all the toys in one room with a close-able door has been great, but the kids don’t use it. They rarely go in the to play…and that was the whole idea!
It could be because their days are so busy during the week, that we allow them chill-out time in front of the TV in the afternoon. But that doesn’t explain why they don’t play in there on the weekends.
It could also be because there isn’t much floor space to actually play. We have plans to get the kids into bunk beds soonish, which means their chests of drawers can move into the bedroom also. This will free up more space in the toy room for playing.
I’m hoping that it isn’t because they don’t know how to play. I’m hoping that I don’t need to set up activities for them, or even have to sit down with them to play. (See my earlier post for my thoughts on that!!)
I’ve gone through some of the kids’ toys and bagged up what I never see them playing with, ready to pass onto the Salvos. Perhaps this clean out will prompt them to start using the room, or at least start a discussions that allows us to find out why they don’t play in there.
Time will tell!