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The Wall Street Journal: How to create the perfect ‘teen cave’

As children enter their teens, it can be a challenge to keep them close—but not so close that they feel they lack independence.

A solution to this parenting problem can be very concrete: simply making room at home. But the perfect “teen cave” is about more than interior-design elements. When smartly done, it can have features that help parents do their job: doors that don’t lock, entrances through the kitchen that force interaction with Mom, and ceilings that lack soundproofing—all which allow for a little more oversight. At the same time, the space needs to offer enough privacy and enticing features that teens want to be there, rather than hanging out in places where they might not be as supervised.

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