Thursday, September 4, 2008

How to Date When You Live With Your Parents

Are you an adult who's living with Mom and Dad again? That doesn't mean you can't have a social life. Here are the rules to this new game.

Faced with rising rents, school loans to pay off and a tight job market, more and more adults are moving back home with their parents—about 18 million between the ages of 18 and 34, according to the US Census Bureau. While living rent-free has its advantages, navigating the dating scene can certainly get tricky when your folks are in the room next to yours. Cuddling on the couch with a new girlfriend or boyfriend? Awkward at best. And is sex even a possibility with the 'rents around? We asked four live-at-home daters to reveal their biggest hassles when it comes to living at home, then we got Andra Medea, author of Conflict Unraveled: Fixing Problems at Work and in Families, and Susan Newman, social psychologist and author of Nobody's Baby Now: Reinventing Your Adult Relationship With Your Mother and Father, to step in with some solutions.

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