I don’t claim to be a parenting expert, but as the mother of two great teenagers (allow me to brag for a minute — both have excellent grades and are kind, humble, mature and fun to be around), I would say that my husband and I have done a pretty good job. I believe that all of the choices we have made on behalf of our son and daughter — the schools they attend, how they spend their free time, how we have decorated their rooms — have had an impact on their development.
Neither of our kids has a room filled with toys, video game equipment, lava lamps, basketball hoops or trendy bedding. Instead their rooms are comfortable, tasteful and timeless, partly so that I don’t have to redecorate them after every growth spurt, but also because I want their rooms to reflect our family values.
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