Marie Poggi moved out of home BEFORE she started sleeping independently at 19.

‘I left home when I was 19, so from four to 19-years-old we slept in the same bed,’ she told Mamamia.

‘I slept in my own bed before my father kicked us out and we went to live with my grandparents because we had nowhere to go,’ she said.

“We didn’t have any other choice but to share the same bedroom, so we were sleeping in the same bed, and then my Pop passed away and my Grandma was on her own, so we decided to all sleep together in the same bedroom.’

When her grandmother died, Marie could have moved into her own room, but didn’t want to.

‘I had my own bedroom but I didn’t want to sleep on my own. I didn’t know what it was like to sleep alone. I don’t even remember that,’ she said.

She is now 29 and lives in Sydney, she worries about her mother back in France.

‘We talk every single day and I push her to find someone as a companion because I don’t like knowing she’s on her own.’

When mum comes to visit, she offers her the bed while her husband sleeps on the couch.

‘My husband sleeps on the couch and Mum sleeps with me,’ she said.

Interesting arrangement. I totally understand making a situation work when you have no choice though.

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  • Some people are more reserved with their sleeping arrangements, whilst others feel a need to be close to another for a variety of reasons. It wasn’t so long ago that it was common practice, especially amongst families who couldn’t afford other options, that siblings slept in the same bed etc.


  • I don’t think it’s that weird. My 20 year old daughter will come into my bed for a cuddle and chat in the mornings as she has all her life. It’s a beautiful time. My sister and I sometimes hop into bed together and watch movies and fall asleep. It’s about being a close family.


  • I feel very sorry for her Mum and hope that she can find some companionship for herself back home in France. What a wonderful husband this lady has, such patience and understanding.


  • I’m surprised she continued when she no longer gad to.


  • I wonder if its anxiety? I had yo sleep with my mother back Iin april shen we went to bali. I had to put pillows in between us. The hotel didnt give us a single bed ech but didnt complain when we got the pool at our backdoor! I couldnt sleep with my mother


  • It does sound like an odd arrangement when other alternatives became available.


  • I guess you have to do what you have to do! Personally no l woudn’t have.


  • well I guess you do what you have to do and when that is all you have known then it would be hard to adjust to something different.
    I feel for the hubby though having to sleep on the couch!, at least he must be understanding enough to respect what they have been through which is nice.


  • For many tribes it’s very normal to sleep together. Reading this story I totally understand how this happened and don’t think it’s strange. My 10 year old son still sleeps with us in our bedroom (while our younger children sleep in their own), some children our more fearful or have a bigger need to be near.


  • Interesting story. It gave them both comfort so why not!


  • I knew a woman that slept with her mother from the night her father passed away. If it was the best solution for them, why not?


  • It’s a great mother and child bond, I believe we are conditioned from societies tradition. My daughter on occasion sleeps with me, I think it’s all alright.


  • Needs must and there was a need,


  • Sometimes you do what you have to do to get through


  • Different. Each to their own I guess. My three year old id just starting to climb into our bed. Nipping it in the bud early!

    • There may be a reason for that. We had the same problem as out 3 y.o. cried some nights before he wandered in to us. I discussed the issue with the Registerd Nurse at out local Medical Centre. At about that age toddlers develop a very vivid imagination. They tend to have a lot of dreams, many of them what they call night terrors. I have always known them as nightmares. Our 3 y.o. occasionally sneaks onto our bed even in Summer. We wake up in the morning and find him sound asleep at our feet. Don’t know how he hasn’t been kicked off.


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