"Boomerang Kids" Return to Stay with Parents

(Ohio News Network) -- About a third of 18- to 34-year-olds in the US live at home, according to a recent report from the census bureau - and recent college grads are going to add to those numbers. 

But even more staggering is the fact that among 25- to 34-year-olds currently living at home, one in four is neither enrolled in school nor working. That's 2.2 million people! 

How can parents prod these adult children and get them off the payroll? It's time to stop the cycle and create ground rules. 

Communication is key - parents need to outline their expectations; put a time limit on how long they are willing to have the kids live at home; and determine what the kid must do to show that he is actively looking for a job. After openly and honestly discussing the terms, put this agreement in writing to make sure you are both on the same page and agree to revisit the plan in three months. 

And, as you try to change the existing pattern, try to treat your family like your friends. With your friends, you probably have patience; listen to what they have to say; provide advice or feedback only when asked; and give them the benefit of the doubt. 

Approaching your family with as much consideration will help the multi-generation living situation go more smoothly.

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