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When a Recent Graduate Moves Back Home

Survival Tips for Parents

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: June 2007
Source: Revolution

Graduation from high school or college used to mark a child's first steps into the real world. After all, baby boomers seemed eager to cut dependent ties with their parents.

Yet, today's grads (and their boomer parents) appear less willing to sever the cord — considering that 46.7 percent of women and 53.7 percent of men ages 18 to 24 still live at home, according to 2006 U.S. Census Bureau data.

Whether you're a parent welcoming your child back home after college or your child never left after high school, these tips can help you make the most of living under one roof.

Treat your child like an adult

When a grown child moves back into the nest, the household dynamic should shift from a parent-child relationship to an adult-adult living arrangement — one in which all members of the household have grown-up responsibilities, says Stephanie Buehler, Psy.D., director of the Buehler Institute in Irvine, Calif.

When a Recent Graduate Moves Back Home

When a Recent Graduate Moves Back Home