Parents Reveal Why They Open Their Kid's Bedroom Doors Without Knocking—And The Stories Are Golden

Behind Closed Doors....

Knocking? Parents knocking upon arrival? Wouldn't THAT be a miracle? Imagine the amount of shock, trauma and domestic arguments that could be avoided between parents and kids? But after centuries of this parenting behavior going unscathed I seriously doubt anything will change now? They're paying the bills -which they will never allow you to forget- therefore they are entitled to do as they wish upon entering any room. So they should never be shocked and always prepared.

Redditor u/SugioSnoipar asked the parents of Reddit to share a few tales... Parents who knock on their kids' doors and then immediately open it anyway, what's your thought process?

Time for some WD-40! 


I had a bed platform for a while, and it got very squeaky.

I was cleaning one day, reaching to my left, tossing on my right, the whole time squeaking the bed. My mom didn't knock and immediately open, she straight up bust through the door as quick as she could, having approached it with stealth, whereas any other time she would drag her feet through the hall like a sloth.

What it did accomplish, is it almost gave me a heart attack. I jumped nearly half a foot, it was that abrupt.

Needless to say, I haven't been able to stop wondering what my mother was hoping to see. I can't even look at her without thinking she's some kind of a creep; you hear your son's bed squeaking, so you sneak up, and bust through the door...why!? JPSofCA


Walked in on my kid masturbating once. ONCE. Never again. To his credit, he took it like a champ. "Dude, you're supposed to knock." ifrankenstein

Testing... one, two. 

My son's doctor told me to start knocking on my son's door, and waiting until he responds to come in, at his 10 year old check up. I hadn't really thought of it before, but I made sure to do just that. Only time I come in is if I've knocked multiple times, and I figure he is asleep (he will fall asleep with his glasses and tv on, so I come in to take care of that.) ghoulishgirl

What is going on in this house?

I had to move back in with my folks after splitting from my wife. My mom tried to pull that shit on me, but I was smart and the door was always locked. So instead I would get, "The door's locked!" Yeah, no crap. Why are you trying to barge in here. I could be naked with a hairbrush up my butt for all you know. MaximumCameage

This definitely needs to be addressed, please respond. smal_peen

Don't Barge In! 


Very modern family thing here. My parents never knock. So I usually lock it so they can't open and catch me doing something wrong. But that habit of never knocking kind of instilled in my brain. So I never knocked as a kid either.

Saw some crap when I walked into brothers room once. Also know that every time my parents do lock the door, they're doing the deed. Therefore. Teach kids to knock and wait until you open. Do the same for them. Don't waltz in. Don't barge in. Because they'll do that to you too. Learn from me. ThatRedScooter

Hey Pauline! 

My mom did and still does that when I go back home to visit once a year (I'm 30 btw).

Toc-toc-toc can I come in? Opens the door...

Sometimes I'll open my eyes to her grabbing empty water bottles out of my room! Oh sorry I though you were sleeping!

Yes Pauline I was sleeping until you decided to come in at 7 am on my vacation time for no reason. The worst is that my grand ma is nothing like that.. only her. No respect for privacy or sleep. imbluedabadidaa

One task at a time...

Knocking? Parents knock? My mom took away my door knob because I shut the door to change my insulin pump while she was yelling at me for not having my college apps done 2 months early. Reddit

Just before I left home, my mom and I got in an argument about me sleeping all day, as I worked night shift at the time. Went in my room and locked the door, which was apparently a no-no at 19. She took the doorknob off, so I went and bought one with a key. Medic6133

Are you dancing?

I'm in my thirties. My mom lets me know she decided to come over by pressing her face up to the windows. Sometimes from the backyard. kelcatsly

My wife once invited her parents over to do something while she was out and didn't tell me. So they walk in on me. Later I have this conversation.

"Why didn't you tell me your parents were coming over?"

"What? You were home."

"That's my point! What if I was dancing around naked to Barry Manilow?"

"We don't even have any Barry Manilow."

"Fine, I was dancing naked to U2. Still a heads up would be nice." TricksterPriestJace

Zero Percent!

This thread reminds me why I moved into a 5th floor apartment with no elevator. my mother hates taking a lot of stairs (medical problem) and she would be in my apartment every day if it weren't for the stairs. I love my mother, but she has zero sense for privacy. Shade0X

Lessons Learned.... 


UGH. My mom used to do that, if she knocked at all. So, at my house with my kid, I knock. I let the kid know what I'm doing. "Hey [kid], I have laundry for you," or "Hey [kid], I need to talk to you."

Then I wait for an okay. Only then do I open the door.

If by chance I get a "Not right now, Mom," I say, "I'll be back in exactly three minutes." And that's what happens.



Knock first! It's just common courtesy. What discoveries have you all made without knocking?

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