After her divorce in 2007, Katie Marcus and her two young daughters moved in with their parents for financial reasons. She planned to stay no more than a year.
Thirteen years later, Markoux – now remarried – still lives in the house with his parents and one of his daughters.
Such measures are increasingly used in the United States, where one in five people now live in a “multi-generational” household, reports the Pew Research Center.
This phenomenon has increased since the 1980s, when immigrant families from Asia and Latin America tended to stay in households living in the era.
Starting around 2009, when the sharp decline in the number of adults living in childhood homes returned to the level seen in the 1950s, there was another increase.
Now, with the Covid-19 concussion, many are turning to the game book again.
– New directions –
When she moved, Markoux, now 49, worked part-time in the school system and “wasn’t in a very good financial position,” she recalled.
But living with her parents allowed Markoux to maintain a part-time work schedule while raising daughters who adapted to the new schools and parental divorces.
She was assisted by her mother, Judy Christensen.
“When the girls were little, we were able to help Katie drive them out of places and other things so she could work,” Christensen (78) said.
Meanwhile, Markuk was able to progress professionally and is now working full time.
“One of the things it has given me a long time is the financial freedom I was able to regain,” Markuk said.
Eric Mark, Katie’s husband, felt “very at home” with his brothers-in-law, “so I sold my house and moved,” recalled the 47-year-old former cartographer who brought his dog Jezman.
However, Mark, his wife and two nieces, then teenagers, were forced to share the same bathroom – an arrangement that was “not perfect,” he said.
The situation improved immeasurably after the addition of a second master bedroom and another bathroom to the home improvement project.
Dana Skenlon, a real estate agent in the Washington region, said more young parents are taking a similar approach during the pandemic.
“We’ve seen many couples with young children move in with their parents, to the big houses they grew up in – something they never imagined they would do,” Scatlon said.
“It allows them to be in-house nannies or ‘Zoom school supervisors’ while they work from their laptop.”
– Golden years –
Another factor for change is the aging of the general population, as many baby growth rates are still strong, but look to the future when mobility is likely to become more difficult.
Marcoux’s parents appreciate the bustle of society when many of their contemporaries feel lonely and they don’t think there will be an empty nest again.
Staying with parents is “definitely our plan,” Mark said.
“By modifying the house, we also remodeled their bathrooms to make it more accessible to the elderly.”
Markoux has two older brothers in the neighborhood, “but it’s just a kind of realization that I’ll take care of them,” she said.
Markux’s youngest daughter, 19-year-old Jenna, moved to New York to college, while 20-year-old Eva lives at home while studying graphic design.
“It really benefits me because at the end of the day I have a really strong support system,” Eva said.
Grandfather Dano (80) has also succeeded in reaching an agreement.
“We have a very close relationship with all our grandchildren,” he said. – But this is especially true if they live with you.
Richard Fray, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, said there had been a “rapid increase” in young adults living in multi-generational households over the past decade.
In 2016, the number of children aged 25-29 living in such homes rose to 33 percent, up from 23 percent nine years earlier.
A common challenge for the Millennium and other young Americans has been the burden of student loans.
“Clearly, this reflects the fact that there are some young adults who just have a hard time earning enough to live independently,” Frerey said.
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