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March 13th, 2013

Sharing your home with adult children

MIDDLETOWN - As an empty nester, you may have gotten used to the clean kitchen sink and are beginning to envision the "spare" bedroom as a perfect exercise/hobby room. Then you receive a call or text that your adult child needs to come live at home for a while, maybe to save money, regroup after a divorce, or find a job.

In 2009, 80% of college graduates moved home after graduation for at least some period of time. "The multi-generational household was a thing of the past… it is again becoming more commonplace and parents need strategies on how to best deal with their adult children" said Extension Educator Denyse Variano, "This change in family dynamics stimulates many important questions, including: How do I treat my adult child? What are realistic expectations I should have of my adult child? What is too much to ask of them? How do I talk to him about finances?"

They’re Back… will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 18 Seward Avenue, Middletown on Thursdays, March 14th and 21st from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Pre-registration is required. To register call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 845-344-1234 and ask to speak with a parenting educator. Space is limited.

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