Magazine article Work & Family Life

If You're the Adult Child Living Back Home

Magazine article Work & Family Life

If You're the Adult Child Living Back Home

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You may have been forgetful and self-centered as a teenager. But you've come a long way since then. Trouble is, your parents may still see you as that "other person."

When you're living together under one roof, it's important to show your parents the new you. A good place to start is to ask them sincerely for their advice. You might also:

Pitch in more. Complete chores without being asked, and do what's asked of you in good time and in good humor.

Don't take your parents for granted. Say "thank you" often for all things provided.

Clean up after yourself- and then some. Do a little more than people expect you to do.

Anticipate the needs of others. Call on the way home to see if you should pick up groceries or dry cleaning. If you use a parent's car, fill the gas tank. …

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