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Is It Selfish to Move Back With Your Parents?

Many new grads choose to move home with their parents to save money while paying off student loans and figuring out their next steps, but I wasn't one of them and it was never even a thought that crossed my mind. According to Susan Shaffer, co-author of Mom, Can I Move Back in With You? A Survival Guide for Parents of Twentysomethings, about half of those fresh off the graduation high are planning on moving back with their parents. Is anyone else surprised by that percentage? It seems rather high to me, mostly based on the decisions made by my friends after we graduated some time ago.

Moving home can be a good option for some recent grads, particularly if massive student loans are an issue, but I'm definitely not as enthusiastic about it as some people. Even if you and your parents agree to certain terms like paying rent, living on your own right after graduation teaches you important early lessons in self-sufficiency.

Aside from the personal growth aspect, moving home can also be a hindrance to your parents' growth. Not to mention the negative impact it can have on their road to retirement.


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