The Pros and Cons to Being 27 and Living With Your Parents

Pro: Home cooked meals. Duh.

Con: They still expect you to do the dishes.

Pro: They have a waaay better cable package than you.

Con: All they do is watch Bill O’Reilly.


Pro: Free Internet!

Con: It’s dial-up.

Pro: They take your advice and get wireless internet.

Con: You’re the new live-in I.T. person.

WHY won't it SCAN.

Pro: Free Netflix!

Con: It’s always a documentary about the latest thing to give you cancer. This month? Bottled water.

Pro: The dog gets a lot more exercise here.

Con: He has tripled his caloric intake as the new garbage disposal.

Pro: You get to use land lines again.


Con: Courtesy Callers.

Pro: You don’t have to pay rent.

Con: You have to tell people you live with your parents.

Pro: TiVo!

Con: Can’t record anything, the queue is full with past episodes of The O’Reilly Factor.

Pro: You start watching a lot more Oprah.

Con: You start watching a lot more 19 Kids and Counting.

Is TiVo recording this? Make sure it's recording.

Pro: You find out your parents enjoy some of the same shows you do.

Con: There’s something uncomfortable about watching Tosh.0 with your parents.

What's He Doing Mary?

Pro: They provide a great example of what marriage should be like.

Con: I’m the only one in the house not getting laid.


**This is dedicated to my parents. My saviors. I might be under a bridge somewhere without them. And to my stepdad, who has watched waay more Say Yes To The Dress than any man ever should.

53 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons to Being 27 and Living With Your Parents

  1. I can relate. I’m 29 on the same boat as you, but I live with my mother…for now. Let’s just say her tv shows are QVC, HSN, The Golf Channel, and tennis….and watching a movie with her is excruciating…”What’s gonna happen next?” Geez ma I don’t know, just watch the friggin’ movie.


  2. Love it!!! Can SO relate! Spent 8 months living with my parents again around the same age when I was post cervical spinal surgery–C3-C7 fusion (yes, the THIRD time around on that one!!! Finally got it right after stealing bone from my hip to make it happen…my body rejected the bone from the bone bank the first 2 times…lovely. thank you…). My parents are still my saviors–though I don’t live with them anymore…they have helped so much with medical bills and moral support, prayers, etc…I’m 30 yrs. old, and it sucks to be officially “Disabled.” Though I am grateful to finally have made it through the long haul of Disability and Social Security. But it still is not really enough to get me by. But it sure does help–a ton!! I would be living with my parents otherwise. But yeah…I’d say it is utterly humiliating to have to have your mother bath you like a naked baby at 27 yrs. old…I avoided showering like the plague ’til I could do it myself again. My mom was a champ. But I was, yes, humiliated. Though it was great not to have an itchy scalp. I discovered that feeling clean is truly a luxury!


    1. Try 35 living with THREE generations of IN LAWS with your husband and TWO kids because he is sick and we were waiting for social security to approve him only took FIVE years! Great post.


  3. So… imagine THIS scenario…

    My husband (or should I say “hubby” hehehe) lived with his Grandmother until we were married & he was almost 29. He had moved in in high school when his Grandfather died & coincidentally about the same time that his Mom & Step-Dad got blessed with an unexpected pregnancy… that ended up being TWINS. He was 19 when they were born! Heh, interesting ehh? You can’t make that shit up!

    He stayed mostly because he’s a really great guy & just loves his family – but also because she spoiled him. I had NO idea he was so pampered until we were married. Which has made for some “interesting” stories to say the least. Thanks for jogging my memory that I need to write about some of that ;)

    Also… he had never even lived in the same house as a computer until he moved in with me. As someone who grew up with an uber-geek PhD from Berkeley step-Dad who would have 3 or 4 computers at the house & a nine year old brother making web-pages I still can’t fathom that concept. Haha!


  4. This made me laugh and almost cry; laugh because I can relate to everything you wrote here (except in my household it was Spanish language television), and it almost made me cry because both of my parents are deceased.

    Continue cherishing them for as long as you can!


  5. Hah! As a fellow 27-year-old-living-at-home, I appreciate the trueness of this post. Sosososo true, only take out Bill O’Reilly and substitute in ‘every golf tournament in the known universe’. Seriously though, my dog is starting to look like a furry, silver porkroast. “Dad don’t give him ice cream!!!” “But he needs calcium!” and this is my life. But, like you, I’m super grateful because otherwise I’d for sure be living in a cardboard box.


  6. Omg, this is all so true. I am 24 and living with my parents. It definitely has a lot of pros, like saving money and great food, but it has it’s cons as well. Such is life!!


  7. That stillshot from Tosh literally made me laugh out loud!! Haha this is by far the best blog I have ever read. Pretty sure I picked it up on facebook because I was curious to see if I do the same things every other white girl does on FB. You’re my hero, girl. I’m telling everyone I know about this blog. Everyone.


    1. Also, I want to add I think you are an honest, hilarious, kind-hearted WARRIOR. You’re an incredibly gifted writer and I know your story will give hope and inspiration to many, many people. My thoughts are with you!


  8. So I’m not the only one whose parents love Tosh.0 and it makes me feel a little creeped out when my dad shouts “Oh man did you see his balls hit that curb???”


  9. This is so sweet!
    Ok, that was the lamest comment ever. Just wanted to let you know I love reading your blog. Keep em comin’! :)


  10. Pro: Free alchohol.
    Con: No hot guys.
    (Alt) Pro: you find out your parents enjoy some of the same shows as you do.
    Con: There’s something terribly ironic and ominous when they decide to watch “You’re Cut Off!” with you.

    Hilarious!! Can’t wait to read more from a fellow fibro-fighter!


  11. This was great! For me, it’s not just Bill O’Reilly. Fox plays continuously here so I know all the programming from the morning show with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum to Hannity after Bill. I even know, or can at least recognize most of the Fox news contributors.


  12. Two years ago I separated from the United States Air Force, and moved back in with my parents and little sister after 8+ years in the military. It was truly a difficult transition since I had practically lived on my own since my enlistment after graduating from High school. At the time I had some community college classes and wanted to go into Nursing. I recently graduated with my degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry and currently now in Medical school. Keep pursing your dreams and never give up, that it one day at a time and you’ll get there.

    Thanks for being a positive spirit out here for so many, while in the midst of your illness. Continue to do what you do, and I wish you the best in all your endeavours.

    I’ll continue to read your posts as it provides much needed distractions after several hours of anatomy, physiology, medical biochemistry and genetics…


  13. Thanks for another chuckle! You’re my hero!

    I think more kids are having to move back home with their parents due to financial difficulties mostly. As a parent I love my kids, but it would be difficult to have them move back home. Of course I’d never say no, but heaven help us if that happens! :)


  14. I just moved back in with my parents after living on my own for 8 years…. I definitely have mixed feelings. I’ll definitely do dishes for good meals I don’t have to cook though! Thank goodness my parents don’t watch Bill O’Reilly


  15. the tv show things are halarious…19 So hear ya there,lol…and the ‘say yes to the dress’ thing at the end had me cracking up. so cute.


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