Our Millennial Moment: How to Survive Moving Back Home
You may have endured bunking with some unusual characters while in college, but the thought of your parents as your new roomies could be the most frightening. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, 26 percent of young adults are living in their parents' homes. Julie Lazanich, a 21-year-old senior at John Carroll University who moved back into her parents' Euclid house last January, shows us why it's OK to go home again.
While you're saving or paying off debt, your parents may help out in other ways. "My parents will say, 'I'm going to the store. Do you need anything?' And I'm like, 'Here's my list of things I need.' And they'll pay for it," says Lazanich.
Tell your parents when you're going out. "I'm like, 'Yes, I'm drinking. I'm an adult,' " says Lazanich. "You just have to acknowledge it, because they're going to be there when you wake up hungover the next day."
Take advantage of your mom's home-cooked meals and appreciate being around family. "I have three younger siblings, and I would have never gotten to have the relationship I have with them if I wasn't at home," says Lazanich.
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