I am married with 3 kids in the house. I was raised in a family that were avid hunters, NRA members, and hunters ed safety instructors. I have countless hours of experience even before I joined the military. I have no issues with loaded weapons in my home with my children. This is mainly because I am raising them how I was raised when it comes to firearms. My kids started with BB guns at the age of 4 and moved up to a .22 rifle by the age of 5-6. My oldest is now 10 (he now prefers to shoot either his 410 or my 1911 with the .22 conversion barrel on it) and my youngest is 4. All 3 of my kids know and refuse to touch any firearm without being told to pick it up. I have tested this theory. At one point I have tested all 3 of my kids as follows; I would lay a firearm in the middle of the floor, hiding myself and watching from the balcony in the house had 1 of them walk through the room, once they see it they will immediatly stand over the firearm (ensuring not to stand in from of the muzzle) and yell for either myself or my wife. I firmly believe in educating our youth about firearm safety. The most dangerous thing about any firearm is when someone without any experience is holding it. To answer the initial question, I have a 1911 on my side of the bed and my wife has a XD .40 on her side. Just a few feet is my closet where the heavy fire power is if needed. And remember, if you carry or just have something for home defense, you must be ready and willing to fire that weapon if the threat is there.