Living on your own gives you freedom like no other! But with it also comes the expenses of living alone and that isn’t always do-able if you’re in college or recently graduated. Living at home with your parents affects your freedoms, especially when it comes to dating! How much do you let your parents know? How much do you let your partner know? Chances are when you’re living at home, there are no random sleepovers with your partner that you can do if you’re living alone!
It may not be easy but you can find a way to get your parents and who you’re dating to coexist. Many people date while living at home and you can too! Here are 4 tips to help you if you’re dating while living at home.
Keep home life and dating life separate.
It’s not like high school anymore where your date has to come to the door and shake your parents’ hands. At least I hope not because dating post-college is hard enough! You don’t need your parents to meet every person that you go on a date with. Save meeting the parents for down the line when you’ve gone on more dates and it’s getting more serious. As for what to do on the date, going to dinner is always a good bet!
If you’re together, make an effort to get to know each other’s families.
This is going to make your life so much easier. If you’re with someone who lives at home, creating a good relationship with their parents is key to hanging out their house and getting privacy! Feeling comfortable with their family and vice versa will make you feel better and more secure when you’re at their house.
But, if you and your partner are hanging at your house, let your family know so that you can have some privacy. The last thing you want is your sister to make an appearance in her oversized pajama shirt with zit cream slabbed all over her face. She won’t want that either!
Don’t spend all your time in the same place.
If you can’t hang out at your house all the time, go to the beach or hiking for some private, quality spending time! Eating out is always good too!
Also, if you live at home and your partner has their own apartment, take advantage of that and spend time at both of your spaces. Or even if you spend all your time at their apartment, take advantage of it.
If you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary, grabbing a hotel for the night or an Airbnb is a great way to get some true privacy for special occasions. It’s not a weekly occurrence but it will feel special if you’re celebrating!
Communicate with your parents.
Creating a clear line of separation and sharing your expectations with your parents will help to avoid any seriously awkward, cringe-worthy moments. Communicating with your parents is the best thing you can do if you’re dating while living at home. You don’t need to tell them the nitty-gritty of your relationship but more so what you want from them when your partner is around!