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Gaby Ig­na­cio, 27

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Fun, Fearless Life -

as­so­ciate fea­tures ed­i­tor

Disclaimer: I am an only child, sin­gle, liv­ing with my par­ents, and we couldn’t be hap­pier. I don’t think a dead­line for mov­ing out of your child­hood home is nec­es­sary es­pe­cially if, like in my case, you and your par­ents gen­uinely like each oth­ers’ com­pany and man­age not to smother each other with your expectations or de­mands.

There are def­i­nite ben­e­fits to liv­ing on your own, such as de­vel­op­ing fi­nan­cial skills and free­dom to make your own choices. Still, liv­ing with fam­ily has its up­sides: hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to build a nest egg for goals like start­ing a busi­ness or pur­chas­ing a home, and strength­en­ing your re­la­tion­ship at dif­fer­ent stages in your lives, for ex­am­ple .

Learn­ing im­por­tant life lessons like in­de­pen­dence and ma­tu­rity aren’t ex­clu­sively de­fined by be­ing on your own ei­ther. If all of you can have a ma­ture con­ver­sa­tion about things like fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, set­ting bound­aries, and treat­ing each other not just as par­ent and child but as adults, that same growth in one’s char­ac­ter is pos­si­ble while liv­ing un­der the same roof as the peo­ple who raised you.

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