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Bedtime routines are an important part of parent-child bonding. We know that there are many discrepancies in what Canadian children have access to, from food security to drinking water to the take-it-for-granted-when-you-have-them resources that a stable family income provides, but we tend to assume that when a child goes to bed at night, they’re in a room with walls and a roof. It seems so basic.

A look at photographer’s James Mollison’s book Where Children Sleep shows the real differences of where children put their heads at night. The book shows children, such as four-year-old Kaya, in Toyko, whose mother reportedly spends $1000 a month on dresses for her child. Then there’s nine-year-old Alex whose bed seems to be a worn-out couch outside his home.

Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

portrait of where boy in brazil sleeps - outside on a couch

Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japanportrait of girl and her bedroom - japan

JAIME, 9, New York, U.S.A.

portrait of boy and his bedroom - USA

JOEY, 11, KENTUCKY, U.S.A.

boy in his bedroom - USA

ALYSSA, 8, HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A.

portrait of girl and her bedroom - USA

AHKOHXET, 8, AMAZONIA, BRAZIL  

portrairt of girl and bedroom - Brazil

ALL IMAGES: JAMES MOLLISON

You can see more of Mollison’s pictures here, and find out about his book here.

Sources: MyModernNet.comPulptastic

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