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Unlearning the Shame of Living with My Parents As an Adult

I’m already leading a different life than the nuclear family I’d envisioned. There’s freedom in stepping away from that, but I find it uncomfortable too.


Living with my parents has afforded me more physical space than I could ever dream of alone. I’ve benefited from sharing costs—I was able to pay off my graduate school debt and save money again—and it’s more environmentally friendly. I look forward to eating dinner together on the couch in front of the TV after an intense day of work. We laugh as we personify our cats with high-pitched voices and jokingly argue over who their favorite child is (me, obviously). Living alone, I didn’t laugh much.

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