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I'm just going to start this blog post by assuming that you haven't heard the term "boomerang kid" before, and if you have, you completely ignored it because you had no idea what it was and didn't want to look silly in front of the other parents. So, in that case:
Boomerang Kid: a young adult who goes back to live with a parent after a period of independence. (According to Oxford Dictionaries)
At this point, you should know whether you have raised a boomerang kid or not. If you have a young adult living in your basement, acting more like a teenager than they did when they were actually a teenager, then you have raised a boomerang kid. If your child left a few years back and only comes around on the holidays, it's safe to say that you most definitely did NOT raise a boomerang kid. Now, if you are dealing with a child that has returned home for any number of reasons (financial difficulties, loss of job, college drop out, divorce, addiction issues, etc.) you know how difficult it can be to welcome a member of the family back into your home after they have been gone for some time. You are going to want to operate on an "under my roof, live by my rules" basis, and your child may not see eye to eye with some of your rules. You've heard of the teen behavior contracts, so this is where the same concept comes into play.
Boomerang kids contracts are customizable, prewritten agreements that you can ask your grown child to sign. It will address everything from financial obligations, guest privileges, privacy, substance use, chores, children, pets, vehicle usage, and much more. When you set clear, structured boundaries for your child to follow, there will be a new sense of peace to sweep over the household. If you're worried about your boomerang kid becoming a freeloading kid, this is exactly the solution that you have been looking for!
These contracts will help you: Minimize conflict and promote responsibility, Establish a home environment that is structured, Make it clear to your adult child that he or she is not going to get a "free ride", Create a household which has clear expectations and well-established boundaries, and Make your adult child feel like a productive member of the family.
If you would like to learn more about these contracts, or purchase some for your own household, follow the link below!