The first question most parents ask after college student moves back home is, “Should I charge rent”, and it’s not the important question. Our children come home with a lot of debt and face a very tough job market, so charging rent may be unproductive.

The question is really, “How can I help my adult child mature into a responsible adult”. Carolyn Butler of The Washington Post interviewed me for some tips for parents.

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