Time to Get Tougher on Boomerang Kids? AS MANY ADULTS RETURN TO LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS, PARENTING EXPERTS OUTLINE THE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS TO LISA SALMON AND SUGGEST SOLUTIONS

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Time to Get Tougher on Boomerang Kids? AS MANY ADULTS RETURN TO LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS, PARENTING EXPERTS OUTLINE THE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS TO LISA SALMON AND SUGGEST SOLUTIONS


Byline: LISA SALMON

INCREASING numbers of adult children are still living with their parents, or are so-called 'boomerang kids' who return to live with mum and dad after university.

But while keeping a family unit together may have many benefits, there can also be huge problems, both financially and emotionally.

The parenting charity Family Lives says: "Living at home might sound like a great idea at first, particularly for parents who are still trying to adjust to the empty nest, but this situation can put additional financial and emotional pressure on families. It can also delay children becoming independent and taking real responsibility for their adult lives."

Here are the common dilemmas families face - and some suggestions that could help restore harmony.

IS LIVING AT HOME TOO EASY? WHILE some children stay at their parents' home, or return after college or university, because they have huge debts and can't afford to rent or buy their own place, research suggests many choose to live with their parents simply because they like it.

A Thinkmoney study found one-in-six adults aged 18 to 34 who lived in the family home did so because it gave them an easier life, with their doting parents still doing their washing, ironing, cooking and cleaning.

But Family Lives says it's reasonable to expect grown-up kids to pull their weight around the house, and parents shouldn't feel obliged to do their chores.

SHOULD PARENTS ASK FOR RENT? ALMOST half of the young adults questioned by Thinkmoney admitted they paid no rent, even though the majority of them worked. …

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