Multi-generational households are growing in the US for a number of valid reasons. For us, it’s joyful to of spend time with people we love, and the support factor as we share in the care of our aging parents is enormous. We’ve been living the lifestyle since September of last year, and it just gets better and better.
Sunday’s are family day and we always get together for an evening meal. It rotates between our house, and my sister and brother in law’s. Our parents have earned the right to have us prepare the meals for them. Sunday is also a day for sharing an outdoor project, or gathering around the fire pit for conversation.
My sister, Cheri, and husband, Bob, have been traveling for about a month, and we were all happy when they returned on Friday. They were missed. The focus of our weekend has been getting the veggie starts going, and finishing up building the raised garden boxes. It’s quite a chore as we’re terracing them along a slope – there’s lots of digging and “level” checks. “Mac,” our white golden retriever got in the act and supervised at times.
We really enjoy working together and frankly, it’s easier to have someone around to share the workload with too. In many ways, multigenerational households recall an earlier time, when families lived together on farms and relied on young and old alike. Generations United says the trend is continuing to grow in the United States for a variety of reasons.
Many of the most popular reasons include the unmarried 20-somethings who remain with parents due to economic reasons, availability of grandparents to help care for children while the parents work, the need to share costs, and health and disability issues.
The main reason we embraced this lifestyle was to share in the care of our aging parents. However, we’ve discovered so many other great benefits, we sometimes wonder why we didn’t do it sooner. If you’d like to learn more about multi-generational households, and houses in Clark County, Washington, feel free to contact us. It’s one of our specialties.