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Excessive Parenting: Teen Lounges

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 On May 10, 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported on a relatively new phenomena in home decorating; parents spending up to three quarters of a million dollars to create ‘teen wings in their homes' that can include a recording studio, kitchen and theater for movies and videogames. The article further described justification for these renovations by stating that parents want to create spaces to entice their teen age children to stay home more so that they (the parents) can monitor behavior including their children's screen time. As a developmental psychologist and parent and step parent of 4 adult children, I will share that I was appalled when I read this article. Is this the extension of what we now culturally take for granted as ‘helicopter parenting'?   What does this say for parents who feel compelled to excessively indulge their children with a lifestyle that indulges their own parental anxieties but does little to encourage a motivation for self reliance and hard work ethics in their children? If you as a parent create a living space for your teen that is so excessive then what is the motivation for the child to grow up and leave home?! Simultaneously this week Time Magazine ran a cover story on the Millennial Generation, children born between 1980-2000 who are characterized as ‘lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents'. I suggest that parents instead of soothing their own angst by creating unrealistic living spaces for their kids, better spend their monies educating their children about real world issues; fighting world hunger, encouraging community involvement in charitable causes, in other words, finding a cause that creates passion, motivation and direction rather than excessively indulging a lifestyle that ultimately lends itself to entitlement.   

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