Saying goodbye to older children who are fleeing the nest can be hard, but saying hello again a few years later—after you've turned their old room into a home gym and are accustomed to spending 20 uninterrupted minutes in the bathroom—can be even harder. As the economy continues to worsen, many adult children, from twenty-somethings to middle-aged sons and daughters with children and spouses of their own, are returning home. In fact, the AARP recently surveyed more than 1,000 adults over the age of 18 and found 33 percent of respondents ages 18 to 49 live with their parents or in-laws. The most common reason cited for those who were likely to move back home was loss of income, followed by a change in job status.
If you find yourself welcoming back your son or daughter, you'll have to make sure your home is ready. Even small upgrades can make this transition easier—you may even find yourself enjoying seeing Junior more often.