Sunday, April 15, 2018

How to Remove a Bedroom Door and a Bad Attitude

What is it with adolescent girls?
Is that a rhetorical question?
Why do I feel like we're the only parents who suffer?
Is threatening to substitute ROTC for Theater electives too mean?

Always Keep Your Promises

Y'all. I just followed through on Tammy's threat. I was sitting here in the office, working on this website, and I heard, "I will take your door off..." And then I heard a tone in Mama's voice that told me that a certain teenage girl didn't think that would happen.

Always keep your promises.

 Make an impact when you enter your kid's bedroom

As I write this, we are minus one bedroom door. 

Moms Can Remove Doors with Ease

It's not hard to remove a bedroom door. All you need is a phillips screwdriver and a helper. I had Tammy as a helper, but if you really want to make a statement, have said sassy teenager be your helper. 

1. You can remove the pins. In this case, you'll need a hammer, too. There are two pins holding the door in place, and they allow it to swing open and shut. If you choose to knock out the pins, place the screwdriver under a pin and start tapping it out. Repeat. I personally find this to be a pain because you don't have much clearance at the lower pin.

2. Unscrew to door from it's plates (which are connected by the pin). I prefer this method. Tammy held the door steady, and I removed the screws from the plates.

3. Hide the door. Do not underestimate the determination of a teenager. Hide the door. 

If you're unsure about the hinge and it's pin and plates, I'm including a photo. See how lining up that pin can be a hassle when you decide to replace the door?

Be Prepared for Disciplinary Emergencies

Bad attitudes don't come with a warning. There are no attitude bomb shelters. They show up with the potential to ruin all other home inhabitants' day. Therefore, as a mother, it is imperative that you have a tool kit and know how to use it.

I really like the Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner's Took Kit. It has all the necessaries, including that phillps screwdriver and a hammer. However, it also has pliers, allen wrenches, carpet knife, a measuring tape, small socket wrench set, a level, and a screwdriver with 30 different head types. I'm telling you. You will use every bit of this set.
Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit

Folks, don't be afraid to use your toolkit to shut down the back talking. As for removing doors, it's not hard to do, and it doesn't take more than 5 minutes, so it's not like your kid will be gloating while you struggle.

I'm no parenting expert, so door removal may not be right for you. However, I think keeping promises is right for every parent; whether it's a promise to take your children to the movies or a promise to remove a door if they're disrespectful. More than anything. Keep your promises. 

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