One Sentence That’ll Keep Your Kids From Living At Home in Their 20s

Parents, I know you’ve heard the horror stories.

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You’ve heard of loving mothers and fathers who sacrifice for years only to find themselves in their 50s, stressed and anxious over unkempt twenty-something children still living in their childhood bedrooms, sleeping in past noon, lounging afternoons away on parents’ couches, helping themselves to food from their parents’ refrigerators, and then staying up long hours into each night gazing into the flickering blue screens of online video games? 

You know that there are hundreds of thousands of parents living this nightmare every day, right?

What are you going to do to avoid becoming that parent?

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“I’ll Just Let My Kid Figure Out All His Own College Financing.” Good Idea? Bad Idea?

Some parents try to save a little time, energy, and money by just putting their kid in charge of planning out his or her own college financing.  “She’s nearly an adult; let her figure it out herself and live with the consequences,” some parents think.

Is this a good idea?

 Here are my thoughts on the subject.

Parents, please don’t be tempted to try to hand off responsibility for figuring out college financing to your child, no matter how busy you are and no matter how bright and capable he or she seems to be.

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