The Independent: Giving Your Teen a Teenage Retreat
There will come a time when your itty-bitty child will no longer desire your cute kisses and hugs, especially in front of their friends. Times will change, and soon you will find them applying for a part-time job as they make their way through college. They are starting to become independent.
As they grow up, they will become private and conscious of themselves. This will be apparent that they will want to have their own space. If they reach this point, why not have a teenage retreat?
This space will become their own den where they can hang out with their friends and pursue their passion. Here are some tips.
Ask their opinion
The first thing you need to do is ask your kid’s opinion on this matter. Who knows, they may not be amenable to the idea. If you are, you can involve them in the project. From the floor plan to the aesthetic, ask your child’s input so that the output will be personalised.
Set up house rules
Truth be told, a teenage retreat is still part of your home. To keep the orderliness in your teenage retreat, you should establish house rules. Set boundaries, especially when it comes to activities. You would not want to have house parties inside that tiny abode, would you?
Value their privacy
Trust is the key to teaching your kid’s independence. What you need to do is to value their privacy. Do not interfere with their activities. Entrust them with the retreat’s key, and do not enter the abode without their permission.
These are only some of the things to keep in mind when building your teen’s retreat in your backyard. Make it utilitarian and beautiful by seeking inspiration in house magazines and online resources on interior design.