No single population has had a greater impact on the American lifestyle than Millennials. Born between 1982 – 2000, this generation makes up approximately 25% of the U.S. population. Growing up in an electronic-filled age, they are the most technologically connected and socially networked of all generations. They are more optimistic than most, often bordering on disillusionment. Due to their mobile device addiction and unrealistic expectations, modifications are needed to accommodate this generation in the workplace. Adaptations are needed in the home as well!
According to the Pew Research Center, for the first time in over 100 years, more millennials are now living at home with their parents than with a spouse or partner. This is such a dramatic shift from earlier generations, when young adults couldn’t wait to leave the nest. Having 25 to 34 year old adults living at home along with their parents can be tricky and may lead to tensions within the home. To manage this arrangement successfully, here are a few tips for millennials to keep in mind:
- It’s still your parent’s home, so whatever rules existed before may still be in effect. You also need to respect the rules of the house, regardless of how unfair they may seem to be. For example, you may be asked to abide by the same curfews that existed when you were younger. Regardless of your adult status, parents still worry when you’re not at home, causing them to lose valuable sleep. They can’t rest until they hear your keys in the door.
- You are not a guest, so don’t expect your parents to cook for you, clean up behind you or do your laundry. You are an adult so remember to behave as one.
- Treat and respect your parent’s home as your own. Pitch in and wash dishes, do laundry, clean bathrooms, or help with lawn care.
- Pay rent. No matter what your parents may charge, it will still be cheaper than living on your own.
- Contribute towards household bills. In addition to paying rent, you may offer to contribute towards or take the responsibility of paying a specific bill. For example, if you’re the primary viewer of cable TV, then perhaps you should pay the cable bill.
Remember, living at home as an adult is a privilege, not a right. If any of the above suggestions seem unfair, that’s when you know it’s time to live on your own.