A mum has defended her nine-year-old child having a lock on her bedroom door.
Tori Phantom took to TikTok and explained that she respects her daughter’s need for ‘privacy’ and said she believes they’ll have a better relationship because of it.
She said: “My nine-year-old is allowed to lock her door. That might sound like clickbait but it’s true.
“The reason I’m comfortable with it is that I know that I can easily get into that door even if it is locked.”
She added: “If it’s not urgent, I just use our special knock pattern and she’ll know it’s me and she’ll let me in herself.
“She’s got a rule to locking her door: she needs to tell me first and let me in if I need her but why would a nine-year-old need to lock her door?”
The mum-of-three concluded: “That’s a great question and the answer is privacy.”
Phantom said that her two younger daughters aren’t allowed to lock the door, however, she’s okay with her eldest doing ‘big kids stuff’.
“My thought is if you’re old enough to ask to be alone, you deserve the space to be alone,” she reasoned.
Phantom’s post has now accumulated 5million views and many parents have taken to the comments to share their thoughts.
One viewer said: “Strict parents raise sneaky kids.”
Another added: “I just adore your parenting skills. Thanks for always sharing your knowledge with other parents.”
“Strict parents do not create obedience,” a third argued. “They create liars.”
However, not all parents agreed with her parenting technique.
Concerned, one person asked: “How are you easily able to get in? Is there a specific lock that you have? My 10-year-old wants to lock her door but I can’t easily get in.”