You may have heard many people say that children grow up too
quickly, and it is true! One moment you're cradling them in your arms and
trying to get them to sleep; the next, you're sending them off to college or
attending their wedding. While every moment of your child's life is precious to
parents, the teenage years are definitely the most challenging ones! At this
age, children are rebellious and naughty, and parents can’t do much but tread
So if you have a teenager living at your house, it's time to
step out of boss mode and become the coolest parent around. Not only will they
enjoy your company, but their friends will love you too! Honestly, you don’t
have to do much, by being the kind of parent their friends feel comfortable
around is already half the battle! One way to do this is to make sure your
house is the preferred hangout spot for your teens.
Children tend to become more social once they reach their
teenage years. They love spending time with friends, throwing parties, and just
being cool. By making your home a teen-friendly space, you are more likely to
keep them within safe boundaries rather than letting them wander outside.
Here are some suggestions to make your house a teen-friendly
spot, so you’ll have the comfort of knowing they are safe and away from
trouble, and they will love you in return.
limit their potential
A teen's worst nightmare is living in a small, cluttered
space. No matter how big or small your home is, you can always make it appear
more spacious and inviting. The first step to sprucing up a small space is
decluttering. Get rid of all the bulky and old furniture with a garage sale. If
your items are too precious to sell, go for a self storage unit to keep your belongings
secure until you need them. Next, give your house a touch of modernity. Use
multi-functional furniture, maximize the space, be creative with the lighting,
add mirrors to the wall, and, if possible, add more windows. You can also
maximize your space by utilizing closet space or under-bed storage.
Having a spacious place to hang out as a teenager has a positive
effect on their learning abilities. It gives them the opportunity to learn, and
their creativity is open to trying newer things. Furthermore, it allows you to
create occasion-specific areas where you can read, work, study, etc.
You can help your child upgrade their old bedroom now that
they are no longer a baby. When renovating, be sure to ask your teen for
permission, let them in on the plan, and consider their ideas. Instead of
baby-like beddings, cute curtains, and picture books, introduce a little
sophistication into your child's room.
Remember that appropriate lighting and the right furniture
are also important. In a room that is too small for a sofa and also a bed, use
a sofa-cum-bed as a solution. Whenever friends are over, and they need to move
around, just fold up the bed.
Or how about adding an indoor hanging chair to your teen's
room for a modern flair? Your teen's room will look cozier, and they can spend
hours relaxing or studying on a comfy chair. Moreover, you can let your teen's
personality shine through their artwork if they have an artistic streak. If
they love music, give them permission to install their favorite instrument,
speakers, or a PlayStation in their rooms.
them a separate space to hangout
It may be awkward for teens living with you to hang out with
their friends in the living room when you are around. Make them feel at ease by
letting them have their own space for entertaining their guests. You can either
add a family
room to your house or repurpose
your garage and turn it into a hangout space for teens.
a relaxed mealtime atmosphere
There is no point in setting a formal table and playing
classical music softly in the background when your teen has friends over.
Nevertheless, you can eat with them - just make it a casual barbecue,
preferably outside, rather than a formal meal that makes them feel tense.
teen-friendly food on hand
Teens tend to be hungry all the time. Stock up on healthy
snacks for your teenager and their friends to prevent the temptation of junk
food. Prepare homemade pizza, nachos, fruits, and juices with readily available
ingredients. Don't hold back on the chips and popcorn, though. It is okay to
serve a little of each snack, provided they are paired with healthy meals.
the bar in your backyard
Remodeling your yard will not only enhance the appearance
and value of your property. You can also encourage your teen to stay
outdoors, get fresh air, and get their daily dose of vitamin C this way.
Plus, when they’re out, you can have an outdoor escape zone
without spending a lot of money. It doesn't have to be big either. The only
requirements are comfort and seclusion.
Placing quality yet comfortable chairs and tables in a shady
spot in the backyard. If you have trees, you can also add a hammock where your
kids can nap, read a book, or even entertain their friends. Building a pool or
a fire pit is also a great idea. You can also install an outdoor kitchen or a
barbecue grill to give them more reasons to enjoy the yard.
With enough space and the right budget, you can enjoy a
seating area that lasts through the night. Best of all, you can also enjoy it
with your friends.
the garage into a granny flat
Children don't fly the coop when they turn 18, so a little
forward planning can now pay off for years. Whenever necessary, this additional
space can serve as a guest house or a teen party zone right next to the main
house. Is there a teenager who wouldn't enjoy an escape like this?
an entertainment room
Do you often hear your teenagers complaining about being
bored? With an entertainment room, you can keep them entertained and make them
want to stay at home rather than go out. You can incorporate your teen's
favorite hobby when decorating the entertainment room. In addition, place a
large TV with Netflix and PlayStation. Moreover, if you have a pool table,
table tennis, pinball machine, or air hockey set, you can move it there to
liven up the area.
With an entertainment room like this, you'll have a magnet
for bored teens seeking a place to hang out and have fun on the weekend. This
will make them even happier if it is located in a separate area in the house,
which will allow them to chat freely without fear of parents (and siblings)
It's better to soundproof this area, so you do not have to
waste time telling them to lower it. However, make sure you set some ground
rules since this is not only their private space but also a shared space for
the entire family.