Chances are, if your child is moving out, you'd like them to move out and stay out.
Not that you don't love them, but you're ready for them to succeed on their own.
This post covers how to know when it's time for your kid to move out, what essential documents you'll need to gather for your child, and how to properly handle those documents. Also covered are the additional documents kids in the foster care system and the adults helping them should gather and store.
This post is the first in a multi-part series, covering how to help your child succeed at moving out on their own.
Whether they are headed to college or not, it's a huge adjustment for all parties involved. The argument could be made that moving off to college is more often a soft transition - with lots of continued help potentially from the parents and school. This article by NYU Child & Adolescent Psychology provides some great tips, in addition to what I'll be sharing, for helping parents and kids manage the psychological impact of transitioning to college.
It used to be common practice to move out after high school, at about 18 or 19 years old. And legally, they aren’t entitled to live with you past 18 years old.
A May 2016 Pew survey indicates that 18-34 year olds are doing just that, “a record 32 percent of young adults live with their parents. For the first time in more than 75 years, living in Motel Mom is the most common kind of living arrangement.”
In fact, according to the Pew survey, living with a parent became the most common young adult living situation in 2016 for the first time on record!
So how do you know when “it’s time” for your kid to move out?