When I was growing up, way back in the seventies and eighties, you were lucky if you had your own bedroom as a kid.
I was one of the lucky ones. My parents only had two children – my brother and I – and as our home, like most of the era, had three bedrooms, I scored a room of my own.
Most families had children who shared rooms though. As the typical family had three children, the two siblings who shared a gender usually shared a room. So my best friend shared a room with her younger sister, and my brother’s best friend shared a room with his baby brother. That was the norm.
These days, houses are bigger, families are smaller, and most children never share. It’s assumed that most kids – especially teenagers – need their own space.
But do they? Did it hurt my best friend to share back then? Or does it hurt families more these days to be more in debt to banks for their huge mortgages and rents, teaching their children that debt is fine and it isn’t real money anyway, and if we want something we can always have it, no matter the longterm cost?
I’m not sure those old, more austere ways weren’t better after all. What do you think?