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Does fixing the door make me a bad parent?

I finally got tired of Laurel accidentally closing herself in her room. The door has too much space at the bottom to wedge a doorstop in there (it's just over an inch short of the frame, hung flush at the top) and it's such a cheap hollow core I was afraid to pick up one of those nice catching doorstops. (It's two sheets of woodgrain laminate with pressboard around the edges, and they separate regularly.) So today I picked up a hook-and-eye latch while we were out running errands and installed it, screwing the eye through the door into its framing so it *should* stay.

I'm half-afraid this makes me a lazy parent, but between the frequent shutting herself in while playing in her room (the knob's hard to turn _and_ the door constantly sticks) and the teeth-hurting noise the door makes when it's stuck and I'm trying to open it, it was either find a way to keep it open or remove it entirely.


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Dec. 10th, 2002 08:29 pm (UTC)
i don't understand how that could make you a bad parent? she's a little young to have privacy and still be safe, isn't she?
Dec. 11th, 2002 12:43 pm (UTC)
The noise it makes - put some vegetable oil in the hinges. or if it's just the door stuck with the frame, dust baby powder on the parts where it sticks. Sometimes that helps.
Dec. 11th, 2002 02:16 pm (UTC)
In the house I lived in originally (my grandparents' house, actually, which has an upstairs apartment) I apparently, as a three year old, or less, locked myself in my bedroom. A couple times. It was traumatic enough that I actually remember it, despite being so young. So my parents took the doorknob out of the door. ::shrug:: And that was that, I never got locked in again.

So, no, I think messing with doors is a perfectly reasonable thing for a parent to do. :)
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