09:10AM | 07/19/04
Member Since: 07/18/04
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My son is into vampires, mostly like buffy the vampire slayer and he wants his room painted black trimmed in red! Anyone have a suggestions on how to fix it up and NOT look so closed in?? Thanks........

Sandra Dee


09:20PM | 07/20/04
Member Since: 07/20/04
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You are the MOM=====there are limits to what KIDS can do,,,,,,,DONT let him set the pace for YOUR home,,,,,,omgooodness!!!

Kitty Martenson


06:19AM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hello Sandra Dee,

It's amazing how intertwined home ownership (with all it entails--good and bad) can be with psychology. You see this from time to time in these forums. Kind of makes sense, too, on some elemental "nesting" level.

I agree with Kitty! His room is the product of your hard work--not his 'entitlement.' Nor is it a theme park attraction.

Among other considerations, kids have no concept of how difficult and expensive it'll be to restore to "normal" down-the-road.

Suggestion: perhaps your son should wear a garlic necklace until this phase passes! :)


-k2 in CO

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08:53AM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 07/10/04
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Just my two cents but if he's a good kid, he's earned the right to express himself in his own room. Make a deal with him: Once he moves out or goes on to college, he must repaint the room a color of your choosing. Paint is so inexpensive these days that it's not worth arguing over.

My suggestion: Instead of painting the entire room black with red trim, use the theory of paint squares. Allow to him to paint sectioned off paint squares black and trim those paint squares in red. This will allow him the color he wants without overwhelming the room. He can use these squares to display some of his gothic paraphernalia. It will allow a greater highlight for those items that he has thus far collected.


05:51PM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 07/18/04
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Thanks hepcats!!

I like your suggestion and he is really a good kid......

Sandra Dee


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