Gaby Ignacio, 27
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.