No we dont have 9 children, only 4 and they each have there own bedroom normally. But next month we are going to have to look after DH's brothers and his sisters DC for a week, difficult but we are going to have to make it work.
We have: Bedroom 1 -double bed Bedroom 2 -double bed Bedroom 3 -single bed Bedroom 4 -single bed + 1 single mattress, Double airbed and 2 single airbeds (double can only fit in Bedroom 3 and potentially 1 single bed could fit in bedrooms 1,2 and 4.)
Our children - DD3, DS4, DS8, DD10 BIL's - DS11, DD15 SIL's - DS2, DD10 and DS13
Me and DH are finding it impossible to allocate the rooms is the best way. We know this isnt ideal having them all sharing but it is what has to happen and it is only for a week so would appreciate your suggestions on how you would do it?
Realised this post looks quite a bit like a maths question (its not)
Ok, so you have to group by gender and age. I would make sure all kids know in advance that you will have 2 sharing on a double bed (they would be best in sleeping bags or single duvets, don't expect 2 to shar a double duvet!
dd 10, dd10, one room ds 13, ds11, ds 8 one room three youngest one room - dd3, ds4, ds2 oldest dd in one room - dd15
you could put 15 year old in with two 10 dds, and split up the youngest.
Some will depedn on who messes around the most at bedtime. In my house the 3 youngest would share, but I would have had to put them all to sleep in different rooms and then move them once asleep!
Also, will the siblings split up? Who gets on with who?
I have 3 neices, and the youngest always insisted on sleeping in same room as her sisters. Which was a pain as my 2 dds are the same age as the two younger ones, and they wanted to share with them, but no room for them all. And one of my nieces did not get on with one of my girls At All.
Thankyou! It does feel I'm trying to decode an equation reading these anwers though. Its meant to include us but we do have room for a single on our floor and could potentailly put one our DC in with us for the week, i forgot to mention that. DH wants our dd10 in with us as he knows she hates sleepover and can be really uncomfortable but I think it would be best to put her with 10 year old neice too. Our children dont know about the plans yet so will let them have some input when they get home The kids dont know each other that well but are all really friendly when they see each other which is only about 5 times a year.
wait, so the 4 bedrooms includes your room and you and dh?
You have got a squeeze on your hands!
If they have to include your room, I would put one/two of the yougest in with you. Probably your two youngest. But if your think your dd 10 will be really uncomfortable, then stick her in with you and your youngest dd.
then- one room older girls one room younger boys one room older boys
Bedroom 1 -double bed + 2 single airbeds so close to floor for small kids = DS4, DNe2, DD3 Bedroom 2 -double bed = DNi15 Bedroom 3 -single bed + Double airbed = DNe11, DNe13, DS8 Bedroom 4 -single bed + single mattress = DNi10 DD10
Yes I guess another option is we could put airbeds in lounge and playroom if any really dont want to share. But making room for 9 children in the day is going to be more difficult if we turn our downstairs rooms into bedrooms.
airbeds are easy - the fitted sheet stays on, then they get stacked ontop of each other in the corner. I'd let the kids play it by ear, have an idea of where the youngest are going for bedtime, and then let them duke it out. Plus be prepared for them to change day by day depending on who fought with who. If your worried about your 10 year old, start her with her cousins but tell her in advance that she can come in with you if she wants to.
I think the only way I could work this out would be to have a card for each child and a page for each room and move around all the permutations. Using downstairs rooms is doable just roll up the duvets each morning. You may come to a plan and then need to try it and see, and change as necessary