As children enter their teens, it can be a challenge to keep them close—but not so close that they feel they lack independence.
A solution to this parenting problem can be very concrete: simply making room at home. But the perfect “teen cave” is about more than interior-design elements. 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.
Carrie Kelleher and her husband recently moved a desk and old toys out of the basement of their Chicago home, and added plush area rugs to make the space comfortable for their son Jack, 15, and his friends. The basement stairs open into the kitchen and home office, making it easy for Ms. Kelleher to overhear the teens talking and playing music and games downstairs.
She loves listening and talking with Jack’s friends when they come up to the kitchen for food. “It’s a nice way to get to know the kids, and to get to know how my kid is with his friends,” she says. But she tries to give them privacy, too. “I don’t want the other kids to feel like, ‘We go over to Jack’s house and his mom doesn’t leave us alone.’ ”
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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