Before I moved in with my mom, I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. There’s a certain stigma that comes with “moving back home” after graduation. I didn’t want to be one of those former students whose parents require them to pay rent, enforce a curfew, or try to control their life. But it hasn’t been that bad!
Here are five reasons why moving back home is not such a bad thing:
1. Helping Out Is A Good Thing
I get to be productive and do something instead of watching never-ending suggested movies by Netflix. It helps to not feel like a moocher if I’m living here by contributing to work around the house.
2. Cooking Practice
I admit, when I was living with roommates, not only did I not want to cook a meal, but I didn’t always have a clean kitchen to cook in even if I wanted to. Now that I’m back home, I get to practice my skills and try new recipes when I feel inspired. Plus, I have more inspiration to cook since there are people depending on me for a meal. It’s a good feeling.
3. Having A Normal Bedtime
With roommates, I was the queen of going to bed after midnight. Now (when Netflix doesn’t catch me at a weak moment and keep me up), I get to bed around 9:30pm or 10pm and I’m out like a light. It’s a good feeling not going to bed to the sound of video games in the living room.
4. Saving Money
Most parents would probably make their kid pay something in order to stay under their roof. Luckily, mine are allowing me to stay, work part time to earn some cash, and take it easy while I figure out my next move.
5. Learning Who My Parents Are
I realize how naive this sounds, but before college (and during), I didn’t really think of my parents as anything other than just parents. They were Mom and Dad, there to help me through the bad times and to tell me how to do things. Now I’m getting to know my mom as more than just a mom. I’m seeing what she’s like after having all her kids leave the nest. It’s refreshing and a nice perspective.
Have you moved back home? What are the good things you’ve discovered about it?