Do you live in a multi-generational home?
Covid pushed millions of young adults back home. The Pew Research Center reported that in July of 2020, 52% of young adults resided with one or both of their parents. That surpassed the number recorded during the Great Depression. Young people left college campuses, lost jobs, had debt, or needed to save money to pay their bills. So they moved back home. If you’re a multi-generational home, you know the challenges. It’s impossible to please everybody, so do what you can and trust God with the rest. Set healthy boundaries and reasonable expectations for young and old. Aim for an atmosphere of love and respect. Always allow everyone to have their own space if possible. Don’t enable your children. It handicaps and robs their dignity. Rather, seize opportunities to help them prepare for the future. Give them responsibilities around the house. Help them learn to budget and to set attainable goals. Affirm and encourage them. Give thanks for God’s provision. Ask Him to help you learn to cherish this time so that you can make the most of it. And remember the words of the Apostle Paul: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)You see, He can redeem this time and enable each of you to grow closer to Him and each other – regardless of your circumstances. So pray and watch Him work! This is time that you can never replace and will be precious to you as you grow older.
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