6 Tips for Parents of Millennials Moving Back Home

Many young Millennials are moving back home in the COVID-19 era. In this guest post, Wilfred Farquharson IV, Ph.D., director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic at Stony Brook Medicine in New York, shares advice for families readjusting to having adult kids under the same roof with their parents: The pandemic has ushered in a time of… Read More

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Best Practices When a Grandparent is Nanny

Whether your parents or in-laws care for your children on a regular basis or occasionally, best practices when a grandparent is nanny help build a win-win collaboration. Tantamount to making the arrangement work for you are taking steps to avoid misunderstandings and recognizing often overlooked benefits and advantages that you may not have considered or… Read More

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8 Ways to be the Adult in the Room with Your Parents

8 Ways to be the Adult in the Room with Your Parents

It is not unusual for adult children—be they 25, 35, 55, or older—to suddenly act like their 10-year-old selves with their parents. It can feel as if you have no control over the situation, but you do have choices in an effort to stop bending to parents’ wishes and demands.… Read More

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Only Child Benefits, According to Those Who Lived It

Onlies in their 20s, 40s, 60s and 70s shared their feelings and revealed five distinct advantages to being an only child.… Read More

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How to Have a Happy Home When Your Adult Child Returns to the Nest

As a parent, you may have thought your young adult’s arrival home was a stopover, a year, tops, until he or she found another job or finished her education. Wake-up call: Yours may be far too content to think about leaving. And, he’s not the only one.… Read More

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Who Will Care for Your Parents? For You? When and Why Siblings Disappoint

In most families, siblings don’t contribute equally to the care of their parents. The research on the subject shows that the share is often disproportionate, creating resentment and argument between siblings…… Read More

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You Can Go Home Again: 10 Tips for Moving Back In with Parents

The trend of adult children of all ages moving home with their parents is unmistakable. This year alone, more than 80 percent of college grads were expected return because rents are high and jobs are scarce. For some, the thought of living with mom and dad again, be they 20 or 40 is horrifying or, at the least, troubling. … Read More

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Money Matters: When Adult Children Live With Parents

You probably hadn’t planned on living with your parents again, or having your parents or another relative settle in with you and your family. Living with a relative solves many financial problems, but, like expectations, you must straighten out the details in the beginning and adjust them along the way so everyone feels the arrangement is fair.… Read More

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No Crossing Sign, guarding your boundaries

Guarding Your Boundaries: When Adult Children and Parents Live Together

Boundaries separating you from family occur automatically when you’re independent, formed either by the physical distance or the amount of contact you orchestrate. When you live together again with family, boundaries can blur rapidly. One of the first orders of business is to install ground rules that reshuffle the boundaries to ensure everyone’s freedom and comfort.… Read More

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Biggest Fan and Harshest Critic: Reinventing Your Adult Relationship with Your Mother

One of the most enduring relationships we have is the one with our mothers. At the same time, adult daughters and sons often discover that their mothers act in ways that threaten the relationship, engaging in behaviors ranging from annoying to downright damaging. … Read More

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Dad Has a New Girlfriend, Mom’s Getting Married: What’s an Adult Child to Do?

With the divorce rate still hovering at fifty percent, it’s very likely that your mother or father or both will have a new love interest at some point, if they don’t already. When your parent has been widowed or divorced, your bond with him or her changes – sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently and almost certainly… Read More

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Are Your Wedding Dreams Getting Lost in the Wants and Wishes of Everyone Around You?

When you can’t say “no,” planning your wedding can become an ongoing hassle that adds stress to an already stressful situation. The solution lies in one simple word—“no.” Once put into action, the power of “no” is limitless.… Read More

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What To Say When a Parent Gets Under Your Skin

Even when you are all grown up, parents have the ability to get under your skin. But part of the problem may also be that you continue to allow them to treat you like a child by responding the same way you always did—perhaps, flying off the handle, quietly simmering, or sulking and feeling guilty.… Read More

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