Family 411: 'Empty Nests' being a thing of the past
The empty nest is a thing of the past.
More young adults are now living at home with mom and dad.
Tara Morgan shows us why one college grad returned to familiar surroundings in this Family 411 report.
Christina Coppel is settling in, but not at a place to call her own.
Christina is back with her mom and dad.
"Figuring out what I need to be doing now because when you're at college, it's totally different."
A new study by the U.S. Census Bureau shows more young people, 18-34 years old, are living with their parents than any other arrangement.
"We have gone through a major economic restructuring of our society."
Sociology Assistant Professor Shauna Sowga says things now are a lot different than 40 years ago.
"The jobs have changed, the opportunities have changed, the level of education skills that are needed have changed over that time."
Sowga says low wages, unaffordable housing, on top of massive student load debt are pushing young people to stay home.
"They're either going to double up with other people, they're going to maybe get married., that's not really a strategy they're doing, and then they're going to live with their parents."
Christina decided to return home a couple months before graduation.
"You work up to this big degree and then you just go home."
Christina says she's taking a year to map out the next phase.
"I'm not ready to be on my own yet."
Her plan is to work so she can save for her own place and find her niche.
Christina has a bachelor's degree in dance and psychology.
"It's not easy to say 'well I have this degree so I'm ready for this type of job and if that job isn't available' then what do you do?"
Sowga says there should be a timeline with specific coals for young adults living with their parents.
"Like maybe in a year, you need to have saved up enough money to get a security deposit on an apartment."
Christina says this isn't a pause on her life rather a way to find her place in the world.
"I need time to figure out what the heck I'm supposed to do to be an adult, to be a real adult."
Sowga says some young adults may not have adequate preparation for the workforce like internships or chose a field with few opportunities.
Her recommendation is to explore such opportunities before graduation to set yourself apart.