Are your children pushing thirty (or 40 even!?) and still living at home? Well, it’s about time they became independent!
Don’t give up hope though, they’ll move out eventually. Even moving out of the family home at 40 is more common than we might think, it can happen to the best of families!
Having your “little baby” on the sofa hooked on the playstation at 16 years old is one thing that we can accept, but at 30 years old? That’s another story!
Why not give them a helping hand in taking their first steps in to the big bad world and encourage them to live alone, or with flatmates. It’s clearly the best option for everyone!
Why is it so hard to become independent?
According to the European Commission, the current generation of young people in the UK tend to fly the nest before their 25th birthday, one year below the European average, which is currently at about 26 years old.
At one end of the spectrum, we have young people in Sweden that tend to leave their parents’ house at just 19 years old, whilst at the other end we have young people in Croatia, who don’t move out until they’re 31 years old!
We all love home comforts, and no one would argue that living at home is not without its perks, but there always comes a moment when the time is right to make the leap into adulthood. There are of course other reasons why a family might choose to continue living together, such as economic reasons or plain and simple practicality.
At the end of the day, sharing a flat is cheaper – it’s not just a shared flat… it’s shared bills such as rent, mortgage, weekly shops… or even sharing the economic burden of a Netflix account!
Benefits of your children becoming independent
1. Increase in their autonomy: “I don’t know how to work the washing machine” or “I don’t know how to cook this or that dish”… You’ve probably had enough of hearing such excuses! Now you’ll have more time for yourself and your hobbies. Your children have to grow up!
2. Improvement of personal relationships: Living with your children is great, but there comes a time when you both need a change. After so many years living together, your relationship is bound to change… and change for the better when they finally become independent!
3. Help with organising and recycling your furniture: By moving out, your children will be able to kit out their new place with their own things chosen according to their own tastes. And of course, this is a great opportunity for you to upgrade your own place and bring about a bit of order. Get rid of any bits of old furniture you don’t want anymore by sending it off to your children’s new pad – they can paint and modify it as they please whilst you’ll free up some more space… everyone’s a winner!
4. Earn extra money: If you want to earn some extra money, you can even rent out that newly vacant room! Forget about the treadmill you’ve hidden away in there – never to be used – and take advantage of your room. Publish it on badi and find a new family member!
So far they’re all advantages! The problem comes when looking for a place to rent… it’s not easy to get a good place and you never know who you might end up sharing with. That’s why platforms like badi can help you find both the ideal flat and the perfect flatmates for your children. Together you’ll discover their future flatmates, you’ll be able to choose, thanks to badi, based on their common interests and hobbies.
¿Our conclusion? Become independent… now!