“Just say something like, ‘I need to tell you my deep, dark secret: I had to temporarily move home with Mom and Dad.’ It is what it is, and it’s not permanent, so [there’s no need] to apologize for it.”For her part, Meghan is now happily partnered and far away from her parents’ home, living in Italy with her boyfriend.At home, she realized she “craved adventure,” she says.Over the past few years, the percentage of 25-to-34-year-old Americans living with their parents has been at a record high of nearly 15%.
Living at home “was not easy,” Meghan remembers — especially because her parents were enduring their own challenges at the time; they were going through a divorce.
She’s hoping to avoid another return home, although she fears that if she doesn’t find a job immediately, she may have no better choice.
“When you're over 30, I [think] there's [more] stigma attached to living at home,” she observes.“Sandy,” 29Sandy moved back home with her mom last November after trying to make ends meet for five years on a paltry salary.
“I don't want to rush through life anymore,” Sandy says.
“I’m trying to appreciate working on things that interest me in my spare time, like cooking, and [I want to] spend a lot of time with family.
I don't see myself living with my mom forever, but for right now, I’m really happy here,” she acknowledges.