The 2006 romantic comedy Failure to Launch starring Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Terry Bradshaw, and Kathy Bates illustrates, albeit in a gross exaggeration, a phenomenon that is increasing in America today: adult children remaining in or returning to the nest of their parents.
While the nearly middle-aged Tripp stayed in his parents’ nest of his own accord, the Pew Research Center observes that in many cases, adult children are returning to the nest due to financial necessity. These young adults, known by demographers as the “boomerang” generation, have caused the percentage of multi-generational family households to rise to its highest level since the 1950s. Saddled with an average college debt load of over $25,000, bleak job prospects and underemployment, boomerang graduates are returning to the home of their youth.1
You’re probably aware that life events such as marriage or having children require the examination of your personal insurance needs. What you may not realize is that a similar evaluation is needed when your nest evolves from “empty” to “crowded and cluttered.”
For instance, your personal automobile policy provides coverage for you and other family members who regularly use your automobiles. If a boomerang moves back into your household, changes may be necessary to ensure your policy continues to provide adequate coverage.
Your homeowners insurance could be impacted as well. In many cases, adult children moving back in with mom and dad are bringing back into the family home a lot more property than they had before they originally left the nest. Does your current policy provide enough coverage to protect this additional property?
In all cases, the best resource to answer these and any other insurance-related questions related to boomerangs is your local independent insurance agent.
I’d like to hear your stories. How have you been impacted by the new cultural trend of boomeranging?
1 Parker, Kim. “The Boomerang Generation: Feeling okay about living with mom and dad.” Pew Social & Demographic Trends, March 15, 2012.