Parents of teenagers walk a fine line between watching over their children and giving them enough space so they can feel independent. Wall Street Journal staffer Sue Shellenbarger writes that a solution to this parenting problem is to provide a space at home for teenagers.
A “teen cave” should include more than a few posters, though.
When smartly done, it can have features that help parents do their job: doors that don’t lock, entrances through the kitchen that force interaction with Mom, and ceilings that lack soundproofing—all which allow for a little more oversight. At the same time, the space needs to offer enough privacy and enticing features that teens want to be there, rather than hanging out in places where they might not be as supervised.