The snobby side of parenting
My nieces (ages 4 and 5 1/2) co-sleep with their mom every night. This causes my brother (their dad) to sleep on the couch. I understand reasons for co-sleeping as an infant, but at what age does co-sleeping become inappropriate or harmful to a family dynamic and/or marriage.
Is there any reason why the dad can't join them?
I think it only becomes a problem if one of the people involved feels it is a problem. If the dad is happy to sleep on the couch, and this works for their family, who are we to tell them it's wrong? Maybe this situation works better for him because he can get a decent's night sleep? My choice would probably be to move an extra bed into the bedroom or buy a bigger bed (we have a king size extra length now ;-)). Our children are 11, 10 and 4, and my 11 year old still sleeps in our bedroom occasionally. She pulls out a mattress from under our bed and doesn't even wake us up any more. But every family has their own solutions.