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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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there is a '"new normal" for many households in Wellesley and Weston these days. Once empty bedrooms now contain full-grown humans and their stuff; refrigerators and cupboards that were edited down now explode with goodies and washers and dryers shimmy and shake double time. Who or what has jumpstarted these serene households? Surprise! The kids are back. And not just for the summer. In 2016, the Pew Research Center reported that Americans aged 18−34 are now more likely to live with their parents than in any other living arrangement. This trend upends 130 years of data collection. "In my day, for the most part, the reality was that we went off to college, and we made our own way," says Wellesley resident Daphne Meredith. Now families find themselves in a second phase of parenting, a chap- ter that baby books don't cover. Parents now must learn to co-exist peacefully with college graduates who are back home under duress or out of necessity. "The challenge is that when kids get out of college, parents think, okay, they are done now, they are adults. But they forget that college is a protected universe. The kids don't pay for rent or utilities and some see home as an extension of that universe," notes Joani Geltman, a leading parenting expert, author, and psychology professor. Families and kids recognize that economic shifts have overwritten the old-fashioned job model of long- term employment with benefits. "I always assumed that when I graduated, I would get some cool job and my own place. But then, boom, the recession hit and jobs went out the window," says Wellesley resident Michelle Mannheim. Many parents echo the reality of the new gig economy. "We were happy to be able to offer our son a place to land. The job situation is so fluid. What happens if he signs a lease and a job comes Surviving and Thriving at Home with the Boomerang Generation They're Back! A L L I S O N I J A M S S A R G E N T writer 106 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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