Trying to be the helpful wife I’m supposed to be, I immediately got on the bandwagon and encouraged this concept with our children.
While this might seem like a silly position to take a stand over, I think it has some very important underlying points.
Our children are being taught to guard themselves from impropriety. I want my daughters to understand it is improper for a young lady to entertain a young man without anyone else present or without proper guardians, the same goes for my son.
Our children are being made to understand the importance of not giving the appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22). They cannot be unjustly accused of wrong doing if they are not allowing a compromising situation to arise.
We introduced the idea of “No Admittance” when our children were very little, helping to make the transition easier. If they became familiar with the rules at a young age, there will be less debate over the issue as they mature.
While at first it was a challenge for them to remember, it quickly became a household fact. Our girls were free to have any visiting young ladies into their room, but if a boy was over the playing stayed in the family room. If an object needed to be retrieved, only our children were allowed to obtain it.
As our son grows, he too is being encouraged to follow the same rules. He has his guy friends play in his room, but young ladies are not allowed to be in his room with them.
Visiting friends are made aware of the concept and reassured this is for their children’s safety, as much as our own. Just as I do not wish to put my children in a compromising situation, I do not wish their child to be a party to any wrongdoing.
Our children are still young, but instituting a “No Admittance” policy at a young age will hopefully teach our children a few important life lessons and prevent indiscretions.