A term that you may not have heard before, but that is becoming more prevalent, is “boomerang generation.” You may not even know it exists. However, there are many families across the United States and the world that are in the midst of learning about the boomerang generation first-hand.
Most parents expect that when their children move out, they won’t be returning home. However, more and more often, grown children are returning home to roost in their parents’ “empty nest.” The boomerang generation is the generation of young adults that have moved out, for whatever reason, and then returned to home to live.
Children ages 18-21 are most likely to return home after going away for college and attempting to find a job after graduation. However, adult children up to age 34 may still see returning home as a viable option.
With the economic situation the way it is and the fact that many customer service jobs are being outsourced to foreign countries, these young adults may find that securing employment is difficult. Since they can’t pay their own way, they feel they have no recourse except to move back home with Mom and Dad.
It’s possible that some parents will balk at the idea of having their grown children move back in with them. After years of raising their children, they may feel like they’ve done their work and should be able to enjoy the freedom of not having children in the home.
Not everything about having your grown children move back in with you has to be negative, though. In fact, if the situation is considered carefully, it may be beneficial for both parents and child. The main reason for a child to move home may be economic in nature, but that’s not the only reason why an adult child may consider it.
Parents reaching their senior years may appreciate having another adult in the home rather than being sent to a nursing home. These adult children can still have their own social life, but might be expected to forgo some freedom to be available for aging parents.
Of course, those who feel the boomerang generation shouldn’t return home cite a lack of motivation to do better for themselves as a main reason. The young adult children may not have found suitable employment and have returned home to live until that employment could be secured. Since Mom and Dad are footing the bill, they may not look too seriously for a job and a means to get out on their own.
Whatever your feelings about the boomerang generation and their propensity to return home, parents can take advantage of having their children home in other ways. If they plan an extended vacation, there will be someone there to care for the home. They can ask the child to help maintain the home, and they might even be able to charge rent while their adult child is there.
The trend for young adult children to return home isn’t a new one; it’s just finally been given a fancy name. If your child asks to move back home, you may want to consider the ramifications. How will it affect your life and your marriage? Then make the best decision for all involved.