Sur­prise! Your grown-up kids are back!

When your chil­dren leave home, you don’t ex­pect them to re­turn! But that’s what a whole ‘boomerang gen­er­a­tion’ is do­ing. Here’s how to live in har­mony

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Sound fa­mil­iar? Here’s how to nav­i­gate a crowded house

Once, it was straight­for­ward: af­ter suc­cess­fully rais­ing your chil­dren (and hav­ing the worry lines to prove it), you could put your feet up, have some me-time, and take a bath in peace.

To­day, it’s a very dif­fer­ent sce­nario. Those fledglings you waved good­bye to not so long ago are likely to fly back again. Mil­lions of par­ents are now putting a roof over the heads of the so-called ‘boomerang gen­er­a­tion’. As many as one in five work­ing adults aged 20 to 34 moved back into their par­ents’ or grand­par­ents’ home be­tween 2014 and 2015, ac­cord­ing to re­search from Shel­ter. And it’s thought that four in 10 young peo­ple cur­rently live at home, thanks to a com­bi­na­tion of high hous­ing costs, ris­ing debt and stag­nant in­comes.

‘The sad fact is that mil­lions of peo­ple are be­ing forced to put their lives on hold be­cause there are nowhere near enough af­ford­able homes avail­able,’ says Kate Webb, head of pol­icy and re­search at Shel­ter. ‘Young peo­ple at the start of their ca­reers or in low-paid in­dus­tries are be­ing forced to fork out more and more of their monthly in­come just to keep a roof over their heads. And when pay­ing rent is like be­ing stuck on a ham­ster wheel, it’s no sur­prise that so many are choos­ing to move back in with their par­ents.’

Of course, we can’t turn our cher­ished off­spring away – but liv­ing un­der the same roof isn’t easy. So what can we do to pre­vent a de­scent into a big­ger ver­sion of the teen wars we thought we’d left be­hind?

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