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Old 30th November 2014, 09:00 AM   #1
M Gregg is offline M Gregg  United Kingdom
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Default What age do you think children should leave home?

After looking at the debate on child free couples,

I thought it would be interesting to hear what others think about children becoming self sufficient and getting their own place.

I.e. how old should a child/adult be before they move out?
Or is there no age limit?

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Old 30th November 2014, 09:55 AM   #2
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When my oldest turned 16 and got a drivers license my wife and I joked about buying an RV (It's a house, it's a car... all you'll ever need. Goodbye). It was a few years after that. I guess the real answer depends on a lot of things. I think they're usually ready to go by the time they hit 20, unless there's... extenuating circumstances.
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Old 30th November 2014, 10:26 AM   #3
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It depends on relative maturity.
I was not ready to leave my parents home at 16, nor at 20.
I was still at University until I was almost 22 and needed their support.
I stayed on even longer, as my "rent" helped to support the "family".
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Old 1st December 2014, 05:00 AM   #4
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I would say 20-25 age range. It depends if they are still in school living at home, or if they need to save some money before getting their own place, and also maturity level. Extenuating circumstances can change this quite quickly.

I know a few that stayed at home because their father passed fairly early, or was out of the picture; and they took care of their mothers. Of course, this is a detriment to their own social livelihoods.

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I went to boarding school. Stayed at 'home' (still not a familiar concept to me) for about 12 of my 44 years, holidays excluded.

So, first grade.
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Old 1st December 2014, 05:37 AM   #7
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These days they need a computer, car, and support for unpaid internship.... After college.

It's hard to call anyone an adult in their 20's these days.
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Old 1st December 2014, 11:00 AM   #8
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I moved out at 15, it was easier than being home. Felt like taking a vacation for the first time.

Trying to do a better job than my parents did. I estimate my daughters will move out at 18-20. There are some things they need to learn by themselves. And hopefully they will also have a more healthy/supportive family life after they move out. I am trying to aim for a more balanced and open "opposition phase". Do note that my oldest daughter turns 4 tomorrow, I'm planning ahead, trying to account for all the variables, using my own fluid state theory.
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It all depends on the child, and my experience is that girls mature faster than boys. I have a 21 year old son still living with me, and I don't think it would responsible to kick him out (not that I would want to).
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Old 1st December 2014, 01:18 PM   #10
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Well I first moved out at 19 and last moved out at 31... but being a mature student at 31 in london is a bit of a different situation. Plus a lot of my peers ended up having to go home so they could work and save up a deposit to get there own place, with cost of living in london being so disproportionate to early sallaries, it's pretty typical to see people staying with there parents into there 30's, though what that does to relationships is a different matter.
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