College life is over… welcome back home?
After spending four long (or maybe short) years at college having the time of your life, getting to do whatever you want and staying up late, reality hits you like a ton of bricks. Unless you were lucky enough to get a job immediately after you graduate, you’re most likely broke and have very little in the way of future prospects. With nowhere to go, you have to move back home…with your parents.
Cue the daily sighs.
It’s so deflating having to move back home. You have to go back to being stuck in one room instead of having a whole apartment or house to yourself. You can’t make food at two in the morning and you certainly aren’t going to be partying a whole lot anymore. Stripped of your freedom, you’re left to simply wait until you finally get the opportunity to leave.
If you can relate to this, you know exactly what I’m talking about. There are very few people who actually want to live with their parents once they’re an adult. And once you get a taste of being on your own, you never want to go back.
It can be a pretty less-than-ideal situation, but there are ways to make it better. You can try just having basic conversations with your parents about your day or offer to help around the house. Little things can help to keep the harmony at home, which is what you should aim for. Constantly fighting with your parents after moving back in isn’t going to help anyone.
Of course, things like that are sometimes easier said than done, especially if your home life was already rocky. If actions also aren’t really your thing, maybe try words. While going back home isn’t really ideal, a parent and their child should still do their best to have a functional relationship. So, here are the words of others with wise quotes about going home again after college that will hopefully help you cope with living at home again after college.
1. First, you never know when your parents will be gone.
“I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.” –Maya Angelou
2. We learn a lot from them, even when we’re older.
“Our parents can show us a lot of things: they can show us how we are to be and what things we ought to strive for, or they can show us how not to be and what things we ought to stray from.” –C. Joybell C.
3. Aim to make (or keep) your family brilliant.
“In a family that doesn’t do brilliant, you are threatening to change the game.” –Erin Lee Carr
4. I don’t entirely agree with this, but there is some truth to it.
“I’m saying that children are not supposed to get along with their parents. Your parents are not supposed to be your best friends. There’s supposed to be some element of rebellion. That’s how you define yourself as a person.” –Jonathan Franzen
5. You’re never too old to ask for help from your parents.
“Kids, no matter how big your problems are – ask your parents for help and advice.” –Eraldo Banovac
6. They’ll always be embarrassing.
“Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?” –Rick Riordan
7. They’re always a part of us.
“No matter how far we come, our parents are always in us.” –Brad Meltzer
8. This goes both ways.
“The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.” –M. Grundler
9. You can still be friends with your parents after college.
“The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you.” –Natalie Portman
10. Remember that relying on your parents isn’t what will define you.
“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” –Anne Frank
11. Unconditional love.
“You may believe or not, but it is true, in this world no one can give you truly love more than your parents.” –Unknown
12. Your parents sacrificed a lot to get you this far. The least you can do is be nice.
“Parenting is the biggest sacrifice one can make, it’s putting your life on hold to fulfill the promise of your children’s tomorrow’s.” –Frederica Ehimen
13. No one else has to love you.
“Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.” –Ann Brashares
14. They’ll always support you.
“My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.” –Kobe Bryant
15. C’mon, we all had that moment of panic in college. I’m willing to bet for most of you, it was your parents that helped you get through it.
“Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.” –Unknown