‘Let us do our own wash­ing, we want to!’

says Os­car Hather, now back at home with mum Michelle

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - The Gh Report -

My girl­friend and I moved back into my par­ents’ house – me for work and Nic be­cause she wanted to swap her ru­ral home­town for Lon­don. It’s been en­joy­able but tricky at the same time, and if I could give a few point­ers to boomerang par­ents they would be: First off, laun­dry. Al­though I won’t say no to clean clothes ap­pear­ing in my bed­room as if by magic, I still pine for the in­de­pen­dence of sort­ing my own laun­dry. Let us do it, we want to!

Next, ac­cept that we’re no longer chil­dren. I would say, treat me like an adult, don’t re­mind me to sque­egy the shower door or take my keys as I go out. And try to re­sist help­ing me pack for my hol­i­days – yes, I’ve got my swim­ming shorts, pass­port and suncream.

And maybe the trick­i­est one of all – the bed­room I share with Nic. When I was younger it was ex­cit­ing tip­toe­ing around my par­ents, but now we need pri­vate space. Al­ways knock on the door – it gives us the con­fi­dence that we won’t be in­ter­rupted when alone!

Devel­op­ing my in­de­pen­dence was prob­a­bly the best part of univer­sity. I don’t want to give that up, but I see this as a chance to de­velop a new, last­ing re­la­tion­ship with my par­ents as an adult, not a child.

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