Parents Create Five-Metre Bed To Co-Sleep With Their Four Kids
The case for having everyone in the one bed. What do you think?
By Practical Parenting
November 10 2016
Struggling to find a bed big enough for their whole family, one couple from Belfast made their own.
Ex-rugby player Ryan Constable and his wife Kim created a 5.5-metre long bed that they share with their four children - Corey, 11, Kai, 9, Maya, 6, and Jack, 5.
"When the older ones moved out and a younger one moved in, they would come back and say that’s not fair - we want to be in the big bed with you all, too," Kim, who is also a Yoga teacher told the Belfast Telegraph.
"In the end we had a king size bed, a super king and a single all joined together to make one huge 18ft bed which was big enough for everyone."
Kim says it makes her job as a parent easier having everyone in the same room.
"Whether they have a bad dream or want a drink of water, I will be there for them during the night just like I am during the day.
"Before the big bed was created I spent my nights bed running about from room to room trying to get all the children to sleep."
As for when they find time for intimacy, Kim adds that it's very common for her and her husband to sleep in the spare room.
"I always say that if it is important enough to you then you will find time to do it and if it isn't then you will find an excuse," says Kim.
"Ryan and I often sleep together in the spare room, at least for part of the night, before someone will end up in the middle of us or I will go and get into the big bed. And we are very honest with the children and will just say mummy and daddy are going for 'a snuggle' now and we will be in with you in a while.
"We do make time for each other and once a week we will go out for dinner or meet each other for lunch so we can catch up with each other."