A Reddit user tries to check on her son, but his door is locked. After he does not respond to her, she breaks down the door to ensure he is okay. Instead, her son says he ignored her to watch a movie, deserves privacy, and wants his mom to replace his door.
She Called For Her Son, But He Didn’t Answer
The original poster (OP) was home preparing lunch and heard a loud sound from the ceiling. She recalled the only person who was home was her sixteen-year-old son.
OP went to her son’s room to check on him, but there was no answer. There was still no response, even after knocking and calling out three times. OP was concerned that a bookshelf or wardrobe fell on her son, causing him to be unconscious.
So, her adrenaline kicked in, and she threw herself at the door and broke it.
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He Didn’t Want To Be Bothered Watching TV
The loud sound was the son’s TV because it was at the max volume. And OP’s son didn’t answer his mom’s calls because he didn’t want to be bothered watching his movie.
According to OP, her son said, “You were screaming like a harpy, and it was annoying. I was trying to watch the movie. Fix the door.”
OP said no and told her son she wouldn’t fix it. Furthermore, OP’s husband was going to the door entirely because it was “too broken” to remain.
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He Said It’s His “Right” To Have A Door
OP’s son got angry and said it’s his “right” to have a door and that he deserves privacy. But OP told him that the broken door was a consequence of his poor actions.
She added that if he really wanted a door, he could buy one, knowing he had no money. In the meantime, she told him he could change in the bathroom.
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The Reddit Community Shares Their Thoughts
Many Reddit users recommend OP replace the door but without a lock. Also, they suggest OP remove the TV from her son’s room.
Although the community acknowledges that teenagers need privacy, having a TV in a room is a luxury. So, because OP’s son abused his luxury, it’s only natural that OP removed it from his room.
Another Reddit user said these “dynamics and attitudes” don’t happen overnight. The user suggests that OP and her son figure out what is going on between them to repair their relationship. And, they add, “exerting power over him is not going to do it.”
Is OP wrong for not replacing the door and preventing her son from having privacy? Is having a TV in a room a luxury for teenagers? Is the son’s attitude just being part of a teen? Or is there a deeper issue in the relationship between OP and her son?