When Adult Children Move Back Home

Change Your Thinking About Living Together

If it’s time for your adult child to move in, it’s time to move on. Let go of old hurts and grudges, so you can begin life afresh. Focus on the positives about the people you live with rather than what you see as negative. If your daughter is prone to leaving dirty dishes around the house or your son allows laundry to pile up until he has nothing to wear, gently remind your child that this is your home and you like it tidy. If that fails, remind yourself that your relationship is more important than used glasses or dirty clothing. Mother-child connections can easily be damaged by harping and criticism. Instead, think about how much fun it is to converse with your offspring as an adult or simply to have his or her company.

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