Friday, May 21, 2010

Boomerang kids

by Dr Bill Maier

Just when you thought you had your house all to yourself, look who shows up on your doorstep!

More than ever, empty-nesters are opening their homes to a returning son or daughter.

They’re called “boomerang” kids, and they’re growing in record numbers.

Some are coming home to save money for university, or to search for the perfect job. Others may be going through personal problems and need a safe refuge.

Whatever the reason, before the move-in takes place, make sure you sit down and discuss the boundaries and expectations. And do it quickly, so you don’t have any misunderstandings. No matter what their age, if they’re living under your roof, they need to live according to your rules.

If it’s a temporary situation, set a clear timetable for their stay. Help them all you can, but be careful you don’t become an enabler to kids who just don’t want to grow up.

From TODAY, Voices - Thursday, 20-May-2010

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