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Editor’s note: This post is modified from Amy Goyer’s article, Multigenerational Living Is Rising, and May Be to Everyone’s Benefit in the September/October 2011 issue of the American Society on Aging’s Aging Today magazine. Laura and Paul Patyk, both in their mid-40s, have a full house. With six children, any home would be a bit crowded. But in 2003, the Patyks invited Laura’s parents to live with them when her mother became ill with congestive heart failure and a stroke. A …
For young adults, could moving back in with mom and dad be a good career move? That’s the argument from Washington Post writer Steven Mintz, who calls for an end to the idea that 20-somethings living with parents (the so-called “boomerang” kids, who fly from the next only to come crashing back in again) are only doing it for the free laundry.
According to the Pew Research Center, more than one-fifth of adults ages 25 to 34 live with their parents or in other “multigenerational” arrangements, the highest level since the 1950s. You’ve probably heard enough stories about this trend by now to know it doesn’t just reflect a renewed interest in family bonding; these “boomerang children” are mostly moving back in with mom and dad (or grandma and grandpa) because of unemployment and economic hardship. In fact, the recession reduced the rate at which Americans set up new households by at least half.