When Kids Don’t Want Parental Input

Dear Sara,

My fifteen-year-old daughter wants to decorate her room. I have a degree in interior design and have worked in this field for quite a while so I know something about how to put things together. I decorated her room when we moved to this home and it is lovely. My daughter says that she wants to plan everything with no advice from me. As far as I’m concerned her taste is terrible. She wants ridiculous color combinations and ultra modern furniture and we have a really traditional home. How can we come to an agreement on this?
-Merideth




Dear Merideth,

Your daughter is beginning to think for herself and have her own style. Her taste is apparently the opposite of yours and you have some really strong opinions on how things need to be done. This room is your daughter’s room and she has lived with your taste in decor for all of her life. She is now ready to try her wings in the decorating department. Hopefully, you can guide her and help her with color and style but if she refuses then you may be wise to back off and let her do her thing. At fifteen she needs to be able to experiment and see what her ideas look like in real life. You may not like her results but it’s only one room and when she goes off to college or gets married you can redo it to suit yourself. Try not to go to battle with your daughter over this. She will be out on her own before you know it. In the meantime just close her door.
Sara

Comments

  1. Josephine Ogden says:

    The real miracle is that any fifteen year old becomes sixteen!

  2. herman andrews says:

    DEAR SARA AS LONG AS YOUR ARE PAYING THE BILLS SHE NEEDS TO DO AS YOU SAY WHEN SHES OWN HER OWN THEN SHE CAN DO AS SHE PLEASES . THATS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY TODAY WE TRY NOT TO HURT THERE FEELING . WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THEY CARE LESS ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL.

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