Blogging NYT: Rooms to Stop the Young From Straying

Blogging NYT: Rooms to Stop the Young From Straying

Alejandra Valera
Aug 12, 2008

While many of the core situations remain the same, clearly today's teenagers have lives which are quite different from the ones we had at their age. Parents, being fully aware of the fact, are looking to create spaces in their homes for their teens that are so decked out, so appealing and filled with every fun comfort -- their kids will never want to leave. Is this a good idea...or a bad one?

Kimberly Steven's article, Rooms to Stop the Young From Straying, details the lengths (and money) many parents are going to in creating a rec room for their teens entertain in and be entertained. One thing is certain, this ain't your parent's rec room.

According to Dana Cuff, a professor of architecture and urban planning at U.C.L.A., "There is a rise in home technology, all your friends are online, and there are far fewer safe, interesting public spaces to hang out in...All of these things come together, and parents start creating houses within houses for their teens."

So what are some households doing? Apart from installing the latest gaming systems, the families in the article are going all out. Among the things they have done is turned a garage into a cabana-style pool house, create an English Pub-themed room or in one family's case, install pool and ping pong tables, a projector with a 100" screen, a popcorn machine and a full kitchen. The budget for one the families in the article was $175,000.

What do you make of this? Is this a great idea to keep teens safe and happy or even more indulgence for an over-indulged generation?

To read the rest of the article, visit the New York Times' site.

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