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When Your Kids Move Home Again

Program Description

Baby boomers may have thought that their kids were gone for good, but that's not always the case. In fact, the latest census figures indicate that over 80 million empty nesters have at least one of their adult children living with them. Kids move home for a variety of reasons - a tough economy, soaring housing prices, to attend school - but the transition can be tough on everyone. This program explores realistic expectations for the boomers, and will help them to establish ground rules that will make living together easier. It will also introduce families to others in similar situations.


  • How to set ground rules
  • Why kids move back in
  • The importance of communication


  • Local family and marriage counselors
  • Pastors, ministers, or priests
  • Local social workers


  • Length - One 1½ hour session.
  • Auditorium-style seating.
  • Preparation time - 2 hours.

Learn More About It

"Mom, Can I Move Back In With You?" by Linda Perlman and Susan Morris Shaffer, Tarcher. "Boomerang Nation" by Elina Furman, Fireside.

Make It Special

Work with a counselor before the program to develop a one-page "How-To" guide that will remind attendees how to address the bigger issues.

Market It

Distribute flyers to grocery stores, shopping centers, places of employment, and local workout facilities.

  • Montana State Library
  • P.O. Box 201800, 1515 East 6th Avenue
  • Helena, MT 59620-1800
  • Phone: (406) 444-3115
  • Fax: (406) 444-0266
  • msl.mt.gov