When your adult child boomerangs back home, it can be a win-win situation for all of you, rather than a cause for alarm. If you follow our tips, your new arrangement opens up the opportunity to see each other through fresh eyes. You can let go of the old hurts and old memories of conflicts between you. Experience first hand how your offspring have matured and let them see you as more than just parents.
One mother recounted how the richness of her relationship with her son and daughter-in-law developed and grew during the year the kids moved in with her and her husband. “We all agreed we wouldn’t make any assumptions about spending more time together. They didn’t want to be asked if they were coming home for dinner and I didn’t want to include them in my dinner preparations every night. With their work schedule and ours being so different, we often didn’t see each other for days. But when we did, it was delightful to be with them. On weekends, my daughter-in-law likes to cook and sometimes we hung out together in the kitchen – one day we baked and iced dozens of cupcakes, just for fun. And my son even kissed me good-bye when he left for work, if I was around. Now that they are back on their own, I miss those days of camaraderie. During the year, I learned to treat them as the adults they had become and they learned to look at me as a real person, not just a mother. It was a great experience for all of us.”
How about you? What have been your experiences when a child boomerangs back, either alone or with his/her family? What did you do to make the situation work better for everyone?
What other challenges have you been dealing with? Click on the title of the post to take you to an interactive site on HerMentorCenter.com, “About You.” Here you can express yourself about concerns you may have at this time of life transitions and what coping skills are most helpful to you in dealing with them.