The pandemic and the current worldwide economic crisis are not mere newspaper headlines but the current stark reality. And in this situation, the last insult any late teen or young adult expects is one about living with their parents. Guess what, there is nothing wrong with living with your parents.
"Haah! You must still live under your mother's basement!" or "Lmao look at her, still living with her parents at 22! Do they even love you, dude?" are, unfortunately, common bullying phases among teens and young adults.
To make matters worse, the "oh, they must live with their parents" is an overused trope in thousands of popular movies across the last few decades. It has normalized the saying enough to make it a shameful insult or a jab at kids living with their parents past 18+ years.
However, there is no harm in living with your parents, especially with the current soaring rent prices, steep and piling education loans, and rising property values. Moving out requires economic stability that many families do not have.
If you or your family lost their jobs during the pandemic and are currently working to fix their economic turmoil, pay no heed to what your friends or strangers say to mock your situation. Such mockery comes from a place of ignorance, and your friends might not understand its steady impact on you.
When friends use this tactic on you, you might struggle to share your financial situation with them. Moreover, it can, unfortunately, make you feel left out and lonely by your peers, losing their trust.
I can say that many of us understand why young adults are not moving out quickly. You made a wise financial decision to help you and your family back on their feet. While living with them, you can always work from home or take on a part-time gig to help share your folk's financial responsibility.
Just remember that living with your parents is not a sign of failure in life. In this economic condition, it is a crucial decision to help the family save money in all ways possible. Our parents have always supported our growth, and there is nothing wrong with showing love and understanding by delaying your move-out schedule.
And if your peers still mock you for your decision, you can either ignore their foolishness or (if possible and if you are comfortable with them) explain your reasons for not moving out post-pandemic.
Of course, these snide remarks can affect your mental health. So if you are struggling, don’t be afraid to seek help from a professional in your region.