There is no way to avoid when young adults are living at home with their parents that some turmoil will occur. Whether it’s bumping heads over your mother’s cleaning standards or it’s the constant questions of what you are doing, and who you are hanging out with on Friday nights. You might even find yourself saying things along the line of “I wish I had my own place.”
Although I can sympathize and understand the appeal of being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want, I’m here to tell you to bite your tongue and to remind you of some of the things that you only have while living with dear old ma and pops.
1) Not Paying Rent- No explanation needed here. What’s more depressing than knowing you have to take a huge chunk out of any of the money you make this month before you even get it?
2) Dinner on Dad- Sure, it’s great to go out with friends or to be able to eat dinner in your pajamas in front of the TV....What could be better? I’ll tell you what is undoubtedly better. A great meal without the great big check. Plus you get to hang out with your parents over something you can all agree on, food.
3) Mom’s grocery shopping- Remember that little writing pad your mom left on your kitchen counter that you just write down whatever you want from the grocery store, or the milk you finished up? Yeah, that doesn’t exist when you live on your own. It becomes your list, and the items don’t appear in your refrigerator unless you go and buy them.
4) No medicine brought to bed- No one is going to bring you your favorite soup from the Chinese restaurant when you have a cold. You can’t just call your mom to come bring some water and Advil to your bed.
5) Laundry- Now I’ve been doing my own laundry for years, but sometimes I decide to go out without thinking about my clothes that are going to be finished, sitting in the washer wet for the next five hours. But then comes along your dear old mom, without being asked might I add, to transfer the clothes to a dryer, put them in a hamper and set them cleanly in your room for when you get home.
6) Buying the essentials- So obviously you need to buy food, and pay rent…but how about the other essentials? Electricity and utilities aren’t usually included in that rent price. Remember all those times your mom yelled at you for leaving your light on all night and you complained? You’ll be sitting in the dark eating your pizza and telling your friends to bring flashlights to save a few bucks. And while were on the topic, there is also no toilet paper fairy, you have to buy your own.
Bottom line is, remember to thank your parents often for not kicking you out at 18, and
don't be so quick to move out. Curfews definitely aren't fun and If you move out you won't have to worry about one at all. Instead you won't have any money to be able to afford going out in the first place so you'll be home all night.