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What it Means to be a Family: Now The Kid's Are Grown

Updated on July 3, 2017
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Juliet Austin- Is a retired Rehabilitation Counselor, her writing attempts to address issues most Families experience.

What Now?

The Children are grown now, and if the Creator if kind, and does indeed give credit for good deeds; they, your Adult Children will be out of the House, and Living somewhat independently. Any Parent who has remained an integral part of their Children's life knows that they never really leave home. We continue the tradition almost guiltily; of leaving the rooms as a shrine as if we expect at any moment their return. Let's face it sometimes they do, but is it a foregone conclusion that their once safe haven has to be kept to infinity?

When a Child leaves home, they keep in the back of their minds that they will always have a place to run to when times are difficult, and for some Parents and Children that is indeed true. We create in the back of our minds that safe haven, that can be accessed at will, with just a phone call or by showing up on the doorstep. Every Parent reacts differently to a Child leaving home. If you are the kind of Parent that still keeps a shrine dedicated to your Child or Children's growing Years, redecorating can be very difficult, the Withdrawal can be painful and emotional.

How to tastefully extricate your Now Adult Child, without Guilt.

Love Letter From A Concerned Parent:

Dear Son/Daughter,

As Parents we raised you to be Independent, now that you have graduated High School, I understand the studies left you drained and you need a break to think through your next move, those College Applications (or not), left you with thoughts of what you want to do with your Life; while you perhaps enjoy a Summer of Fun and Parties, and of course we as Parents understand that those all Nighters, and you wondering in at an ungodly hour in the Early Morning disturbing our sleep is neither taxing to you physically or Mentally.

But my Dearest love Here is a few ground rules to help you decide your future. Yes, this is your Home, where you may find the occasional Solace. However, as the Law dictates, you are an Adult now, having had your 18th Birthday, being of sound mind and in good Physical condition to obtain employment, Great news in your favor of course! Yes, as your Parent, I appreciate the fact that you neither did drugs nor became a Parent at an early age like most of your Friends. So in closing my beloved Child, I've devised a plan for you since you are taxed and Mentally drained from the Hard Work you completed in High School.

With love Always,

(J. Austin)

Mom/Dad or Legal Guardian

Standard Contract by which you must abide In order to continue residence under MY roof.

1. If you have completed those College Applications and the Acceptance Letters are piling up, do choose a College whereby you feel your skills may be utilized to advantage and will offer you the opportunity to achieve, or obtain a degree, that will ensure your independence. Or one will be chosen for you.

2. If you have not applied as instructed by me, you will do so while you are actively seeking paid Employment.

3. Your ability to live under my roof is dependent on #1, and 2, no exceptions!

4. If College is not you immediate option, you will have two Weeks in which to find a Job and will contribute to your upkeep, while saving a majority of your earnings, so as to not have to live under our rules, because as you so succinctly stated, you are an adult.

5. If you find that you are unable to meet these Standards due to your inability to continue to tax unnecessarily, what little brain Matter you have left. The Military is hiring a few good Men and Women. This adventure should help you grow and mature while you and I quote "find myself".

6. If you do decide and are serious regarding your Education, I have done my part as a loving and helpful Parent: By setting aside help with your Tuition, If it is deemed insufficient as the cost of Tuition is constantly rising. You will help to ensure you are prepared by finding and keeping employment to help to defray the cost.

7. If you meet requirements 1,2 and 6, you may continue to reside at home while you actively prepare for your Future. Understanding of Course that the House rules will apply and are still in effect, and remains unchanged from those when you were not considered an Adult. Some Leeway will be given, upon prior notification, and request.

8. This Contract is subject to change, based on obstacles and needs, as determined by Parents.

A contract like any other contract is binding and both parties must be in agreement, it is very necessary to have your Adult Child read, and sign his or her agreement. What it does is give the Child all the rules they should abide by, and the understanding that even though you are not Legally responsible anymore for their upkeep and well being. You do love them and will help to ensure they are independent and able to assimilate properly in Society.

Alone At Last.

Okay, so now they are gone, and for the first few Months you move around in a daze, you now have to relearn how to live without the constant yell for Mom/Dad. For eighteen Years or more you have identified yourself as a Parent.

Guilt set's in you wonder if you perhaps have let them go too early.

Followed closely by fear, what if they need you and you cannot be there?

You manage to calm your fears and assuage those guilt feelings and are ready now to take charge of your home and Life.

Looking around you realize, Independence is nice, but how do you maintain it. Hmm, well barring selling your home moving and not leaving a forwarding address. Redecorating is a viable option. The thought that your Child may need to move back home is always foremost in a Parents mind when decorating. On one hand, you want to utilize the space to your advantage, without totally eliminating a safe haven.

Why Some Adult Children Are Moving Back Home.

Going Home To Mother! Families in tow.

That unexpected appearance of your Child/Children standing on the doorstep, Children and Wife or Husband included, is happening more frequently these Days. The economic decline and the Housing Market crash plays a major role in Families having to rely on their Parents again for support. Often times the extended stay can cause both Parents and Adult Children grief.

Lowered Motivation: An Adult Child moving home, more times than not does so out of necessity, and will be much more equipped and hard pressed to accept being dependent to their liking. There is however always the exception to the rule, Some Adult Children; sometimes through no fault of the Parent, will find excuses to move home, they lack the motivation live Independently and will continue to use their Parents as escape routes.

Regressing: No matter how old one gets when confronted by or returning home we tend to regress to our former Childhood self when we are among our Parents. It's inevitable, Parents are used to taking control of our lives, the image that is commonplace in their minds are ones of us from infancy, we never age past the age of eighteen Years into adulthood. Caring Parents tend to want to Mollycoddle and protect, and for a time it's allowable, the newness of having your Child/Children under your roof quickly wears thin on all the parties living Together.

As it Concerns Relationships

Love doesn't hurt nor does it try to destroy. It may impart truth at times that may hurt but at no time does it seek to be destructive.

In "The Art Of War" as Well as "The Art Of The Deal" No one win's for as long as absolute control is the agenda, there will always be casualties. wheeling and dealing requires a certain dogged determination that is cutthroat at times. It's that mentality that is the driving force; to win at all cost.

Casualties of war often times do not want to engage in a war, however because of financial gain they will often times be swayed to commit acts of violence. As soldiers this is the reality faced Daily. Our Army, Airforce, Navy is deplete. They are tired of being asked to fight for and in some cases kill other Peoples Children. When they look into the eyes of the "enemy" they do not see an enemy what they see is another Human being perhaps with Children of their own, a Family waiting for their safe return.

While Grown Men play at fighting somewhere a Child is playing with a plastic G.I. Joe imitating the "Art Of War". What we teach our Children how they interact in play, the toys we purchase all of it influences and impacts young minds. I know I helped to glorify patriotism never stopping to think that my Children would one Day imitate that which I saw as a way to provide for them. Afterall I had worked and sacrificed for them to be able to attend College.

Children are vulnerable what we should at all times try to impart is a peaceful existence. I don't ascribe to the beliefs that People cannot change. I did and would have continued to grow personally if allowed to.

Our votes matter and until we start caring about who we choose to be representative of the American Population no this World will never change not because it cannot but because we are too comfortable to try to make a difference.

Start a War if you must but as for me and my Children and Grandchild no they won't fight anymore in a War that is not of their choosing. But what they will do I hope is is learn all they can about Government and take a stand for a belief in Activism for the benefit of all People. I raised them to see no barriers to Friendship when Friendship is freely given. I would hope they still espouse that belief. Otherwise I failed as a Mother.

Leaving Or Ending A Relationship

Breaking up is very difficult We hold onto memories the good and the bad. We expect that if we just hold on a little bit longer that things will work themselves out the truth is this in a nutshell; it takes two People to be emotionally involved in a relationship. If at any time that emotional connection is severed for whatever reason it is definitely okay to leave that relationship.

A Woman will argue with you she will often times yell scream and at times be irrational it tends to be out of frustration based on maybe something as simple as you not taking out the trash when she asked.

Those are the small things that if left to continue can develop into really big issues Women will tell you most times in no uncertain terms what she expects in a relationship. It is therefore up to you to listen and understand we are all humans we have our breaking points. Being a Woman I think I speak for most when I say when a woman says she is done or the relationship isn't working she means just that. It's over and there is no more room for talking or discussions.

To My Daughter

When a Man say's it is over it means just that. The trick is to guess what he is actually saying. I've learned over the Years that a Man will leave without explanations. Or they may assume they gave an explanation leaving you to wonder. This is my advice in this new dating age. When in doubt err on the side of caution, if after there is an attempt at communication (understanding of course that the Man could be in a coma somewhere). If no response assume that he in his own way has detached in his own way and has moved on. Say thank you for my lesson not literally of course unless you happen to be Jamaican (smile) but thank that Man because of him you will overcome that obstacle, you will grow from the experience and in time the hurt will disappear.

Never go back to someone who in the past has emotionally, mentally or physically harmed you. As the saying goes " When a person shows you who they are the first time believe them". The exception of course to that rule is Age and wisdom, when we are young we have unrealistic experiences regarding love and marriage. Should you my Children and Grandchildren ever encounter a past love that has matured into the Person that you can accept as a Partner then by all means it is okay but take time to date and get to know the person again to ensure that this individual you think you love is right for you.He or she may not be perfect, however, if they are perfect for you that is all that matters.

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Fostering Independence In Grown Children.

Even though you have allowed your Adult Child to move back home, it doesn't necessarily equate to allowing them to stay forever. It is important to establish ground rules, a timeline, and the continuation of your routine.

The newness of housing your Adult Child under your roof begins to wear off for most around the second Week. It's like having an unwanted guest who has overstayed their welcome. At first, it's exciting, and the communication flows naturally, after the catching up phase is over the uncomfortable feeling of what to do next in order to motivate said dependent Adult Child into finding a place of their own becomes the issue.

Adult Children, helping to pay for their Families upkeep as soon as they become employed is also a must, some Parents may be financially able to foot all the bills, but it is still important that you at least attempt to seem like a responsible Adult and offer Financial assistance. Your Parent(s) may not accept it or they may save it and return it to you when you are about to tackle living on your own. Either way, it helps to foster a new level of respect from your Parents.

How Long, Is Too Long?

For most Parents, the hardship will be establishing a time frame for having your Children in attendance. It is important to have communication and to let your Child/Children know immediately that the living arrangements will not be permanent. A good timeframe for stay is six Months adjustments can be made based on Finances, however, the stay should never extend past one Year.

Just Because We are Your Parent's Doesn't Mean Our Lives Revolve Around You!

Although it may not be necessary to sign a Contractual agreement as it pertains to rules, the rules as it governs space, permission to take the Grandchild/Children out is vitally important just as important as asking, and not assuming; that just because Mom and Dad are in residence, they will be built in Babysitters.

No, it is never okay, except in emergencies to expect a Parent to stay at home and Babysit, more than likely, they have developed outside interest, and will continue them even while you are in residence.

We have become so pretentious that we cannot accept as truth that some Grandparents are tired and may need to be asked and not have assumptions made with regards to babysitting, especially if they work. There are always exceptions Some Grandparents wish they could have their Children and Grandchildren close by. Giving them their own keys should signify to them that your door is always open to them no matter the time.

Disclaimer: Parents and Grandparents should be notified prior to visits or trips home. My advice always notify your Parents or Family member that you would love to visit. A phone call in most cases is all that's required unless stated otherwise. If there is an open door policy it normally has pre-established rules.

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    • Juliet Stewart profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliet Stewart-Austin 

      3 years ago from San Antonio, TX.

      Thank you Frogfish, That's right I'm trying to raise independent well adjusted Children.

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      3 years ago from Central United States of America

      A delightfully written set of rules and regulations from a Mamma who Knows what Life is about! Loved your hub!

    • Juliet Stewart profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliet Stewart-Austin 

      4 years ago from San Antonio, TX.

      LOL, @Courtney. The Contract works for most age group, in your case it's exactly 22 Yeas too late. Thanks for the laughs.

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      4 years ago

      wicked people punishing their kids by putting them out before age 40. Totally unfair no wonder we have so many 40 year old virgins.

    • Juliet Stewart profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliet Stewart-Austin 

      4 years ago from San Antonio, TX.

      Thank you Brenda, do let me know if it works, also if you have feedback on what doesn't work please share your experiences. I would love to hear them.

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      4 years ago

      Spoken like a mom who has raised her children to be independent. You have done an excellent job so I will mirrow some of your advise


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