In the not so distant past, it was expected that kids would leave home after college, and most of us were anxious to do so. Nowadays things are often quite different, and many parents find themselves looking after adult children with little idea of when they will fly the nest.
An article in aol.com points out that a significant number of young adults are now choosing to return home, and recent research by Gallup shows 14% of young adults aged 24 to 34 years old have moved back in with their parents. During the first quarter of this year the homeownership rates for those aged below 35 was 36.2% compared with a historical high of 43.1% at the end of 2005. These figures are attributed to the high cost of living, college debt and a weak job market.
While some parents may welcome their adult children back into the nest there are plenty of others who would like to have their homes back to themselves. The article goes on to highlight several points that could encourage children to fly the nest. The first is pretty unsurprising and that is to charge rent if you're not already doing so. This helps to give boomerang kids a bit of a reality check and could be enough to force them to seek out alternative accommodation, as if they are being forced to pay rent they might as well do it as an independent adult. Another idea is to collect monthly payments that are equivalent to local rents for the next six months. The money is returned to them at the end of this time when they leave home. This helps encourage them to budget properly and give them a helping hand on setting up their own.
It can also help to enforce house rules such as no guests after 10 PM and no loud music or parties. Most young adults will soon baulk at these strict rules and want to gain more independence through living in their own place. Some parents may find it helpful to set a deadline for the amount of time children are able to live with them. Once this deadline is set it's important to stick to it, as after all most parents didn't bargain on having their kids living with them for more than the first 20 years or so. Boomerang kids may also need a bit of help in setting up their new home and in organizing and buying all the things they'll need. Parents can help by making a list of everything that is essential plus everything that might be nice to have a little later down the line.