There's not a day goes by when reports of a teenage abduction, overdose or serious accident hits the papers and the airwaves. As parents we all shudder when the talking heads report this grave news.
Just recently a new trend has emerged in remodeling where parents are not only renovating an area for their teenagers but are pulling out all the stops. In other words rather than watching the teens go out the door they are welcoming their teens' friends into their own homes. And how are they doing this? They are building the ultimate recreational centers in their homes.
Kids want to play games and socialize so there are the most modern video screens and games available along with traditional games like pool and ping pong. A fridge packed with snacks and beverages (non-alcoholic) are also high on the priority list.
Now when kids want a full arcade experience they can turn on their Wii games down stairs and compete against their friends or watch the latest movies on a theater-quality home theater system.
This renovation is expensive but it buys peace of mind.
You know, sometimes I think we get too paranoid about letting our kids do anything. On the one hand I can see why it's a good idea. On the other, I feel it's up to us to teach them responsibility and how to behave in such a way.
Yes, that might keep them from going out the door and us worrying about them but are we going to keep them in all their lives? We need to teach them how to live and work harmoniously with others too.
That said, I'd have killed for a pinball machine in my teen bedroom. :)
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