A teen friendly home
We have recently been looking into our home layout and questioning ourselves as to whether it is a fun place for teens to “hang out” as the boy’s call it. When our kids was little they always had friends in to play but now they are getting older all that seems to have stopped. We are now going to do our best to make our home a teen friendly home, a welcoming home to the boys friends, also a fun place for the boys to want to hang out and be with their friends.
We are fully aware that the boy’s are probably not wanting to spend time with their friends at home and would much rather be out having fun but we would like to make our home a fun place for them to hang out if they wish.
We are also aware that the boy’s are not going to want us parents hanging around whilst they are with their mates, how un-cool will that be, well so I am told anyway!
So after having a good long think on doing this fairly we have a plan in place, we are going to turn our conservatory into a teens room, it already has a TV out there and a sofa, as well as a games console and stereo, so we are half way there anyway. The conservatory is due to be decorated very soon so we plan to get the teens involved in the decorating and refurnishing the room to create it into their own space.
with creating a teen friendly home we have told the boys that this would come with rules and responsibility that would work to make everybody happy.
Top three rules are:
Noise levels, respect our neighbours and keep noise levels at a respectable level.
Agree times friends are allowed in and must leave by.
Respect our home.
Once the rules had been agreed to the boys got busy planning their games room, they have been putting a list together on things they would like to have out there. They have been thinking about all their interests and hobbies, Lee loves anything football related, he is a BIG spurs fan, he also loves playing a games consoles and sitting on his laptop. Bradley loves his art he will often be found with his art book that he uses for his drawings, he also loves reading, board games and both lee and brad have a love of music.
So we now need to create a room that will cater for all, both boys hobbies friends. We plan to put a rota together that is agreed by both boys to save any arguments.
The boys are very excited about creating this room and can’t wait to get started.
Do you have any ideas on what would be a fun item to add in the boy’s games room?
***Disclaimer: we have not been compensated in any way to write this post***
that is useful. i would definitely recommend reading this post to my friends who have kids
thanks for sharing
I think your rules are more than reasonable! Best of luck with the new room (a playstation should keep them quiet!) xxx
We turned our playroom into a teens room, with a telly, a sofa, games consoles and beanbags for those extra who turn up. It is amazing what a hub it becomes, and keeps the mess minimal in the rest of the house. Yes, you will have to pick up and tidy up after the whirlwind has left, Yes, you will feel like an intruder when you enter, and yes you will have to air the place from boy ‘fug’, but it is worth it for them to have place to relax and interact with their friends without their parents breathing down their necks. Just trying to work out now where I can build my ‘Mum’ room for a bit of time out!!! lol
I really want a conservatory or extension to do the same in. For the time being my teens will have to make do with a room makeover, which I am doing at the moment. The amount of junk I have been clearing is a joke.
We had a good sort out the other day and was shocked at how much junk we found.