I came across an article this week that focuses on the increase of women who are living at home. While the article focuses on the increase of women, the numbers of women and men living with their parents continues to increase.
We need to explore what this trend means for the church.
What does this trend mean for parents, educators, and those who minister to emerging adults?
1. In a society where more emerging adults are living at home, adulthood cannot be based upon markers such as living independently, but upon the deeper Biblical principles of Vocation, Autonomy, and Community.
2. New boundaries must be established within the home when a child moves home to further rather than delay the child’s development. (Setting Boundaries While Living at Home)
3. We must avoid criticizing or shaming those who live at home. We must avoid criticizing or shaming parents who allow their children to live at home.
4. We must be prepared to counsel emerging adults as they decide where to live, and how it will affect their lives (spiritually, mentally, physically, and financially).
This is only scratching the surface of this issue. Please leave your thoughts below to further the discussion.
- Considering Moving Back Home?
- Arnett and Fishel, Getting to 30: A Parent’s Guide to the 20-Something Years
- Guess who care for those who move back home
- Setting some Boundaries while Living at Home