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TOPIC: Leaving the Nest

Leaving the Nest 29 Nov 2015 22:34 #8709

  • Paula G.
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The seemingly increasing average age of children still living with their parents have been the subject of concern/discussion in recent years. From my experience the usual consensus for what age a kid should ‘leave the nest’ is around 18-21, or when they leave for college. However, while this might have been the norm for previous generations, statistically it’s been observed that more adults are living with their parents until a later age, or returning home after college.
I know that in many other cultures, it’s normal to live with your parents until you get married or even longer. In most cases the child isn’t depending on the parents fully, usually their going through school or getting started in the job field. Even when completely financially stable it’s not uncommon for the kids and parents to still live together.
Personally I think that it really just comes down to circumstance. Especially with increasing rent and lack of jobs, if the person isn’t just bumming around, then overall it might be a better decision to stay at home for a couple more years. I know many of my friends that still live their parents but pay rent in exchange, which would be a lot more reasonable than the rent for an apartment in LA.
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Leaving the Nest 28 Feb 2016 10:50 #8937

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I think that children should leave the nest whenever they are ready. I suggest not leaving before you are ready. You need to be stable to go out on your own. I think it is good to go out and experience life. Go out to college, find a job, have relationships but do not leave to waste money and have to struggle. I have a 17 year old that I feel is not ready to leave the nest. Our priority is school and having an education. I highly encourage him to have a career not a job. It is good for them to have independence but that can be accomplished at home.
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