By Lyndsie • •
Moving back in with your parents is the pits. Even if you love them to death and you get along super well, moving back home after you've had a taste of independence changes things. A lot of millennials are currently discovering that because many of them find that they have to move back home after getting their college degrees. Some of them simply can't afford to live on their own because they're crushed under college debt. Some of them have difficulty getting jobs right away. Some of them have jobs but still can't afford rent. You get the idea. They're not moving back home because they're lazy or entitled or spoiled, though. People think that, but it's patently untrue. Here's what it's actually like for millennials who have to move back in with their parents.
No matter why you're moving back in with your parents and no matter how much support you get for it, you just feel defeated. You're a grown up, you're not supposed to have to go back home again, and you're just not quite sure how you reached this point.
This occurs for several reasons, as you shall see. Plus, to some extent, every kid regresses a little when they return to their parents' home, even if it's just for a visit. They are The Parents. You are The Child. It is the Circle of Life.
This occurs for several reasons, too – as you shall also see. It's that parenting instinct, I think. Once you cross that threshold, they are The Parents and you are The Child.
Especially when you're in public. You don't exactly want to broadcast the fact that you're living at home again. You start to identify with Nick Swardson in Grandma's Boy a little too much.
Because it's the respectful thing to do and you know that. You're so grateful, you're happy to follow their rules … as long as they're reasonable, is the thing.
Suddenly, it's like all those intervening college years never happened. Little by little, your parents start parenting you again.
The first time your folks ask you where you're going, you think it's charming – until you realize they're totally serious.
You're like, “You don't own me! I'm a grown-ass adult! Can I get $20 for gas, please?”
When you go out, they want to know why you never stay in to spend time with them. When you stay in to spend time with them, they ask what happened to all your friends. CAN YOU JUST LIVE?
This occurs after you're caught in various stages of undress on numerous occasions. One of this will probably involve you standing in front of the fridge in your granny panties, scratching your butt while you scrounge for food.
At least, you stop eating cereal for dinner out in the open. You sneak it in your room so you can avoid being judged for eating Fruity Pebbles.
Childhood habits might start creeping up on you. For example, your bathroom floor might end up covered in dirty clothes or your room might become a graveyard for crusty old dishes.
You're more than happy to pay rent or to offer up your share of the bills. The problem is that when you offer, your parents don't even want to take your money.
They don't want you to pay rent, but if you mess up and eat your dad's last Go-gurt, you're in for a thirty-minute lecture about how you're eating your parents out of house and home and you need to contribute.
You discover this when you wake up at noon on a Saturday to the sight of your father, looming over your bed and staring at you, a vein throbbing in the middle of his forehead.
However, sneaking around just to make out with your boo is pretty sexy. Until you get caught. You'll get caught.
It won't last forever. You won't be here forever. You cannot live here forever. This cannot be your life for the rest of forever.
Don't worry, though. It probably won't be forever. Probably.
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