How Much is too Much Privacy for a Teenager?
Here’s a tough one for you.
I got the evil eye the other day when I was talking to some friends about teenagers and house rules.
They have a teenage daughter and her boyfriend comes by to visit from time to time. They said that at 17, their daughter was entitled to a little bit of privacy and when he stops by; they allow her to close the door to her bedroom.
Say what? I wouldn’t let my son have a girlfriend over behind closed doors for a second. He’s a great kid and all but no way! At least not without top of the line military surveillance in his room.
Now, I’ve met their daughter. She seems like a great kid. She gets straight A’s and she’s involved in several activities with her church. They seem to have a done a really great job raising her.
And it’s certainly none of my business to tell them how to raise children. Who am I to criticize? I have a 17-year-old and a 12-year-old and most days I feel like raising them is a lot like pulling on a slot machine at Cactus Petes… You win some, you lose some.
Am I being too strict? Would you let your kid have a boyfriend or girlfriend in their bedroom or any other room with the door closed? Where do you draw the line for privacy with your teenagers?
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