ASK NEALE: Grown Daughter Moves Back Home


by Stacey Julien/

You thought you were long done with the day-to-day catering to your child's needs. When Junior flew the coop, it was supposed to be, well, for good. But after a rough patch in the adult world, he's suddenly back on your couch, his size 12s on your coffee table, planning another night out instead of a way out of your house.

Sigh ....

You may find some comfort in knowing that you're part of a growing trend of boomerang kids, and that the recession is much to blame for it. Multigeneration households have increased significantly over the past five years.

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center last December, three in 10 parents of adult children (29 percent) report that the economy forced their grown child to move back in with them in the past few years. Adults age 25 to 34 are among the most likely to be living in multigenerational households.


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