In the past, it was often common for several generations of a family to live together in one house.
For some it was a financial decision, while for others it was to enjoy the pleasure of having a large family together under one roof.
Today there are strong indications that multigenerational living is on the rise. According to a 2009 Pew Research Center study, 51.4 million Americans lived in a house with at least one other generation under the same roof.
A decline in employment and postponement in marriage has forced more adults to move back into their parent’s homes post-college. Known as “boomerangs,” 61 per cent of Americans aged 25 to 34 know of friends or family who have moved back with parents or relatives.
The increase of students and adults returning to their parent’s homes has highlighted the economic situation, indicating that is a good way to deal with the high cost of living.
Multigenerational households are defined as family households consisting of three or more generations. Several generations living together allows families to help care for the elderly, or raising children and also tackle high housing costs.
Families have an opportunity to share in each other’s lives, grandparents can spend time with grandchildren, and the financial burden is reduced for individual family members.
While there are advantages to this type of living situation, some people believe it can be overwhelming and lack privacy.
Could you live with more than one generation under one roof? Do you think it’s a good way to share family memories or would you rather live separately from your parents, grandparents and adult children?
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