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Dad asks if he was wrong to tell son to get lock for bedroom to keep out intrusive mom.

Dad asks if he was wrong to tell son to get lock for bedroom to keep out intrusive mom.

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It can be a difficult transition for parents when their children suddenly have adult responsibilities and needs...

While most parents wouldn't think twice about walking straight into their 5-year-old's bedroom and interrupting an elaborate game of "Doll Hair Salon," when kids enter their teen years it's critically important to maintain a mutual respect for family privacy. Feeling smothered by your parents and unable to have a true minute of alone time as a teenager can often fuel resentment, secrets or rebellion.

In an effort to keep your kids closer to you as a parent with an "open door" house policy, not giving them any personal space to be alone can often have the opposite effect. If you're constantly accusing your 16-year-old of hiding something just because they want to sleep in peace without their mom barging in for yet another update on the weekend plans, you're only giving a teenager more reasons to never trust you.

So, when a conflicted dad decided to consult the moral compass of the internet otherwise known as Reddit's "Am I the As*hole?" about his teenage son's privacy in their home, people were there to help deem a verdict.

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