Adult Kids Back? Tips to Help

Are you a parent to a “boomerang” child? If so, you’re not alone: 29% of parents of adult children report that one of their children has come back home within the past few years.* To ease the situation, make sure to discuss the following:

  1. Rent. Will your child pay rent? Unless your child is in school full-time, strongly consider having him/her pay at least a share of their living expenses (48% of boomerang children pay rent, and 89% help with household expenses)*. Agree on a due date for the payment. Put it in writing and display in a visible area—such as the refrigerator.
  2. Chores. How will they be divided? Consider roles when it comes to shared living areas and laundry. Avoid old routines such as doing your child’s laundry and cooking for him/her.
  3. Ground rules. Will visitors be allowed? How late? Will there be a curfew? If you have an adult child reluctant to leave the “nest,” a 10 p.m. curfew can work wonders!

*Pew Research Center, March 15, 2012