Thanks to the poor job market and rising rental costs, it is becoming increasingly more common for millennials to move back in with their parents. Any move is stressful, but one which brings you back in with your parents could make even the toughest people crack. Here are some tips which will help you mostly survive moving back in with your parents.
Your Parents Also Got Used to Being Alone
It is hard to move back into the family home after being alone so long. But remember that your parents have also been alone for a long time now and they probably enjoyed that freedom too! Trust me, no one likes it when their roommate (which is what you will effectively be to them) does things like leave dirty clothes on the floor, or use up all the hot water when showering. Treat your parents with respect and they will be more likely to treat you with respect too.
Buy Your Own Food and Pay Your Part of the Bills
If you are financially able to, then contribute to the household expenses. Don’t forget to buy those smaller items too, like soap, toilet paper, cleaning products, and trash bags. If you don’t do this, then your parents will have every right to treat you like a child instead of the adult you are supposed to be.
What about Family Dinners?
If your family had a tradition of eating dinners together, then it might be expected for you to join the family dinners when you return. Remember, your mom or dad works hard to cook those meals! If you aren’t going to make it to dinner, then let them know. Don’t leave them waiting for you with a plate on the table.
Talk It Over First
Just because you are moving back home, don’t assume that things will be the same as they were before. You might be surprised to learn that your formerly-single mom now has a boyfriend. Or that your parents have wild parties every Saturday. Or that they are absolutely not going to let you drive their car anymore. You will have to carefully lay down the ground rules when moving back in with your parents. Ask them what they expect of you, and also communicate what you would like from them in terms of privacy, freedom, and so forth. In all roommate situations – even when those roommates are your parents – communication is key!