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At what age do you start knocking on dc's door before going in?

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KerryMum Tue 15-Jul-08 21:14:45

just wondering.

FrannyandZooey Tue 15-Jul-08 21:15:55

I always knock on a closed door
teaches good manners IMO

peggotty Tue 15-Jul-08 21:16:52

WHen they hit puberty, whatever age that is, I would have thought? But only have littlies myself, so not sure grin

SoupKitchen Tue 15-Jul-08 21:16:54

I have knocked on DC's doors since they were about 18 months

KerryMum Tue 15-Jul-08 21:26:01

hmm....

looks like I'm a little behind. ds1 is 9.5 and haven't knocked on his door yet. sad

same with ds2 (5.8)

Jas Tue 15-Jul-08 21:29:21

Agree with knocking on a closed door.

DD1 is just 9 and has only recently started pushing her bedroom door closed.

Tnoog Tue 15-Jul-08 21:30:24

We always knock on ds's[10] door, gives him a chance to hide all the evidence.

AbbeyA Tue 15-Jul-08 21:35:03

Once they start closing the bedroom door then I would knock-whatever age.

warthog Tue 15-Jul-08 22:07:11

yup - when they start closing it.

TheRealPhartiphukborlz Tue 15-Jul-08 22:08:22

same here - when it is closed, particularly with ds,(aged 13) sometimes i do with dd (aged 11) but will start i think

SNoraWotzThat Tue 15-Jul-08 22:09:26

When they start closing the door

KerryMum Tue 15-Jul-08 22:17:42

ds1 has just started closing his door but not too often.

Hulababy Tue 15-Jul-08 22:25:58

Once they start closing the door

OverMyDeadBody Tue 15-Jul-08 22:27:44

if the door is closed, or pushed to, I knock, regardless of age.

Teach by exaple and all that. Never too early to learn to respect other people's space.

LackaDAISYcal Tue 15-Jul-08 22:35:03

agree when it's closed. we knock on DS's (6) if it's closed, as someone said teaches about respecting space, but also because he has more than likely constructed some elaborate lego diarama right behind it!

Threadwworm Tue 15-Jul-08 22:37:37

When they start letting their guinea pigs roam free in their bedroom.

LackaDAISYcal Tue 15-Jul-08 22:39:21

lol grin

Tommy Tue 15-Jul-08 22:43:48

agree with lackadaisycal - I knock if they are playing in their rooms during the day but not at bedtime when I can catch DS1 out of bed when he's supposed to be going to sleep grin

(DSs are 6 and 4)

teafortwo Tue 15-Jul-08 22:55:58

My 2 yr old daughter knock before entering a room because she sees us do it to each other and we do it to her too sometimes smile!

I am a grown-up and my Mother and sister never knock before entering a room I, dd or dh are in - makes family get togethers a bit blush for us!!!!

ExterminAitch Tue 15-Jul-08 23:07:43

lol, i always knock, have done since she was a teeny baby (unless i'm specifically creeping in, obv). it's ingrained.

MeMySonAndI Tue 15-Jul-08 23:14:49

Since I found the door closed for the first time... it is not about privacy but about hitting a toddler with the door when he is playing right behind it...

gigglewitch Tue 15-Jul-08 23:14:56

I always tend to do it, had never really thought about it too much it is ingrained wink The DC have just accepted it as something that is part of general good manners, and it is a thing they do too.
I think it would seem odd if you didn't, then suddenly started doing it once a child gets to a certain age <not that i'm judging anyone else's ways, i must add>

jammi Tue 15-Jul-08 23:21:22

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KerryMum Wed 16-Jul-08 00:11:57

I was thinking more along the lines of puberty....

But I think I'm going to let dss start having their privacy, not just from me but also from each other. And new rules about entering each other's rooms without knocking and permission.

gigglewitch Wed 16-Jul-08 00:37:51

gawd, it's the Bathroom Bargers here, I am sooooo glad they knock or there would be absolute murder in our house. Always one wanting a wee when somebody's in the bath. So they are all terribly polite about it, numerous fights are avoided by a knock-and-ask bit of etiquette wink

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