Living With Parents


Living With Parents

We’ve finally sold our place (our solicitors were very slow!) and so I’m back at my parents’ house for the next few week. We’re waiting for the purchase of our new house to go through. So far it’s been lovely – it’s nice to spend some time together and everyone is getting along very well. Plus I am being spoilt by my parents with having dinners cooked for me and my washing done. Bliss. An escape from housework for 7 weeks, what a luxury. I will miss the cooking, as you know I like to get creative in the kitchen, but maybe my Mum and I can get our cook on and share some of our favourite home cooking recipes.

In light of my living situation, I thought I’d put some tips together on how to make sure you get along whilst living with parents, as an adult.

Be respectful with noise, particularly late at night or first thing in the morning.

Tidy up after yourself. Whether that’s putting away clothes and shoes, or cleaning the kitchen after cooking.

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Let your parents know when and where you will be. Even if it’s just a rough idea. They will still worry about you even if you are in your 30s.

Be aware of each other’s routines, especially if anyone has to leave for work at a certain time or has appointments.

Offer to help out with the housework and cooking.

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Make time to spend some time together. It’s a lovely opportunity to spend time with some of your favourite people and get to know them even better. It may have been a while since you last lived together, so take full advantage.

Most of all be grateful that they have welcomed you back under their roof. They didn’t have to let you have a key back! Don’t be ungrateful and make them regret it!

Do you have any other tips to share? Have you moved home as an adult?

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34 thoughts on “Living With Parents

  1. Avatar Kim (sisterkin) says:

    I moved in with my parents when my twins were born (husband was doing up the house as the babies arrived mega early). I loved it and I think my parents loved having us around to spoil and take care of. But your tips are all great as it is easy to revert back to teenage mode (no matter how old you are) when you move back in with your parents. Enjoy it! #BloggerClubUK

    • Sally Sally says:

      Ahh that must have been lovely for you all Kim. I bet the extra help was really appreciated and they enjoyed the time with your little ones too. Hope the house came along okay.

  2. Great advice. Its important that all parties respect each other’s boundaries but also great to spend some extra time together
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

    • Sally Sally says:

      Is he going off to uni? Good luck with that. My parents and I didn’t quite see eye to eye during the holidays at uni, but we muddled along and always made the best of it. I think you learn a lot more respect when you get older.

  3. I had to live with my mum again when I was 23 and I hated it! Sounds like you’re embracing it though, good for you. I wonder if it would be easier now I’m older, but I suspect I’d still rather sick pins in my eyeballs.

    I hope your move goes well when it finally happens! And that the next few weeks go well!

    • Sally Sally says:

      I think the early 20s are really difficult when living with parents, as your ideas are both very misaligned. I can appreciate what my parents have done for me much more in my 30s.

  4. It was so refreshing to read a post from a grateful child about temporarily living with parents.

    As the parent, who accepted her daughter and son-in-law back into their home while they raise money to buy their own home, I appreciate everything you wrote here and to be honest, am somewhat envious as I have not always experienced that in my own situation.

    Great advice. Your parents are blessed.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Thank you for your lovely comments Karen. It’s a shame your experience wasn’t quite like this, but hopefully they will reflect on this in the future and be more grateful.

  5. Avatar The Tale of Mummyhood says:

    This is a lovely post, its so important to respect other peoples boundaries. Some really great tips here to make sure everyone gets along well.


    • Sally Sally says:

      Thanks for your lovely words about the post. Completely agree. Respect and understanding are so important in situations like this.

  6. Avatar Geraldine says:

    My husband, our toddler and myself went to live with my parents for 2 weeks after we sold our house last year…. we ended up staying 4 months! I dont know how my parents survived with us, but they were incredible and soooo supportive as we felt incrediby guilty. Have some lovely memories of that time. And our daughter bonded so much with her grandparents over the time

    • Sally Sally says:

      That’s lovely Geraldine. Although it was probably a bit noisy and chaotic for them, I bet they loved it too.

  7. Lovely post! My son and I are now with my mother spending the summer together. It’s so nice and cozy to be at home again, with mummy doing most of the cooking (I am also an enthusiast in the kitchen but now I don’t miss it 😀 ), with all the care I have forgotten what it feels like since I became a mother myself. My mum is so happy to have us at home, while I can take advantage of the time. It’s luxury, indeed. 🙂 #LifeLovingLinkie

    • Sally Sally says:

      That sounds lovely Marina. What a great way to spend a summer. So many kids do really appreciate their parents until they are adults themselves. I know I appreciate them a lot more.

  8. Although we’re hopefully we’ll past the point of living with parents the tips work just as well for an extended stay, which we do frequently as my parents are at the far end of the country. It takes a bit of discipline to stop falling back into old habits!

    • Sally Sally says:

      Ahh, I remember back to when I was 19 and living with my parents, I’m sure they wanted me to move out. I hope I’m much more respectful this time around (and quieter).

  9. Some handy tips. I moved home back in 2014 so we could save for our own house. 18months we ended up living with my parents. That’s myself, hubby and 2 kids, it was great for the first 6months then got a lot harder work the longer we lived there

  10. I had to live with my (ex)in laws once for a while. It was fine because you know it’s only temporary. Good tips. I’d only add keep the noise down in the bedroom haha! Good to link up, Alison #LifeLovingLinkie

  11. Avatar vicky says:

    Great tips, true that your parents will still worry about you. It’s nice to have the opportunity to spend time wit your parents, not everyone has that luxury!

    • Sally Sally says:

      No absolutely not. I am very blessed in that respect – and the fact they would actually have any of us back (we were all very noisy children/teenagers).

  12. So glad you get to have a great visit with your parents!! Wish mine were still around to enjoy!! Thank you for the party and have a great rest of the week!

    • Sally Sally says:

      Ahh, thanks Cheryl. I plan to really take advantage of the time living together. We are so lucky that we get on really well. I think we can all be guilty of not appreciating our family enough, until they aren’t around. Big hugs to you.

  13. What about offering to pay for a meal or for a particular bill, like electric? It would be a nice gesture, even if they refused to accept it!

    • Sally Sally says:

      That’s a great tip. Especially as I’m sure I’ll be using way more electricity than they do – running all my devices and charging everything, hair straighteners, hair dryers. The list goes on…

    • Sally Sally says:

      That’s a great idea. Maybe I can get her to share her secret recipe for the cowpat cookies. I’ll have to get some taste testers in, any volunteers?

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