I won’t make them move out

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Trina Eliassen-McDon­ald has three of her four chil­dren liv­ing at home — and wouldn’t have it any other way. She is pas­sion­ate that Alessan­dra, 24, Colin, 21, and Sa­van­nah, 19, who all study full time at univer­sity and work for the fam­ily busi­ness, not leave home un­til they are ready. “They’ve never moved out, not even for a day. I have a cos­metic surgery com­pany in Thai­land and they help me with the busi­ness.

They don’t help out much around the house and come home and say ‘where’s din­ner’, but they help me ... they’re not kids flop­ping around the house.

It’s wrong to make them move out by 20, that’s my gen­er­a­tion’s idea. So many kids are pushed out; sure it might make them strong but they carry a lot of angst and bag­gage too.

I want my chil­dren to make a dif­fer­ence in this world and they can’t do that un­til they know who they are.

We have a lot of fun, but they re­spect me a lot, which is im­por­tant. I may spoil them in some ways by sup­port­ing them, but there are cer­tain things I am very strict about — there’s never any fight­ing and I make sure we all work as a team.

If they were tak­ing ad­van­tage of me it would not be the case. But they have to go to uni and help out with the busi­ness. I’m not go­ing to raise a child who does noth­ing and if they didn’t work they would only stay here for a short time, there are ex­pec­ta­tions on them if they want to live here.” Trina Eliassen-McDon­ald with her chil­dren Alessan­dra, Sa­van­nah, Colin and fam­ily dog Pe­dro. Photo: Bob Barker

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