What do you think is the appropriate age for children to move out of their family home?

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What do you think is the appropriate age for children to move out of their family home?

Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
What's an appropriate age, do you think? When did you move out?

I didn't make this a poll because it is so dependent on the situation. So, I decided to let you explain why you chose whatever age, etc.
06/18/2013
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PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
I moved out when I was 18, but ended up living with my mother for a while during hard times.

I have three daughters and they aren't even close to being old enough to move out, but it will all depend on the situations themselves. I won't be kicking them out the door at 18, and even after they move I will be available to help them whenever and however I can.

Like I said, this is such a situation dependent question that I'm not really sure how to answer it. I'll always be there to help them get back on their feet, but I don't expect them to fully depend on me in that sense for the rest of their lives.
06/18/2013
Mrs.Hellzapoppin Mrs.Hellzapoppin
I moved out when I was 17, which led me down a terrible path. Things would have been SO different if I had stayed. I guess it depends on the person, but I'd say 20ish is an appropriate age.
06/18/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I would not let my kids move out until they were 20 or so. I moved out of my foster home at 18 and it was not great. I would want them stable and if they are not going to go to college they need a job and a home. Even if they were they would have to have a job.
06/18/2013
evanescentowl evanescentowl
I "moved out" when I was 18, but I still live with my folks during the summer due to being in college. I'd say any time after 18 is good, but that really depends on your relationship with the child, their and your financial situation, ect.
06/18/2013
Mwar Mwar
I left for college during the school years but I moved out as of 3 days ago. My mom is still letting me keep some stuff at her place until I move again in five years.

I think it depends on the person. I would want to impart as much wisdom and independence (while also letting them know it's okay to have healthy relationships) on my children before they left.
06/18/2013
No-nita No-nita
I don't think there is an appropriate age anymore. A lot of us were able to move out at 18 because our finances and the economy allowed for it. Now? Not so much. If a kid can't get a job in the first place, they're not gonna be able to afford their own place or their own bills, so they'll be staying at home until they can find employment, and who knows how long that can take? Or some kids moved out and ended up having to come right back home. It's not a matter of age so much as a matter of money.

Interesting fact though. In some other cultures, families share houses throughout generations, and there is no moving out. You marry and your spouse will move in with you (or vice versa) and you raise your kids and they end up doing the very same thing. That would drive me crazy personally, but it works for some people.
06/18/2013
sunflower sunflower
I moved out 2 months after I turned 18. I guess it kind of was like 'push the baby bird out of the nest and see if it flies' kinda thing. It worked out ok in the end I guess. My sister moved out when she was 19 and got an apartment with her fiancee. I think 19 or 20 is the ideal age to have your kids move out.
06/18/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
It depends on the age and what they're up to. Probably between 18-24, depending on their finances and future plans (later if they're getting an advanced degree or something).
06/18/2013
Chelynn67 Chelynn67
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
What's an appropriate age, do you think? When did you move out?

I didn't make this a poll because it is so dependent on the situation. So, I decided to let you explain why you chose whatever age, etc.
I moved out at 17 yrs but I think it depends on the maturity of that person.
06/18/2013
Hersandmine Hersandmine
Me personally, I just purchased my own home and moved out at 23. My gf is 22 and will be moving in with me. Maturity, finances, job/school are the points to consider. I've been working since high school and have a technical degree and I have been happy with me decisions so far.
06/18/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I left for college at 18 but went back for 2 summers - so I was out for good by about 20. Following in my footsteps my son moved out at about 20 - like me he wanted to play by his own rules. My daughter is still at home @ 22, I'm guessing we'll have her for another couple years - hopefully not past 25.
06/19/2013
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I would not let my kids move out until they were 20 or so. I moved out of my foster home at 18 and it was not great. I would want them stable and if they are not going to go to college they need a job and a home. Even if they were they would have to ...
This is my thinking too -- it's not necessarily about the age, but more about how stable & able they are, but until they are stable & able to take care of themselves, I figure it might not be the absolute best time. But it is true, everyone and every situation definitely is different. I wouldn't keep them with me if they really wanted to be on their own, but my door would always be open.
06/19/2013
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
What's an appropriate age, do you think? When did you move out?

I didn't make this a poll because it is so dependent on the situation. So, I decided to let you explain why you chose whatever age, etc.
I'd rather mine not move out until she is out of college and settled into a decent job. Of course, she is my only one...

I moved out at 18 though for school, then I came back, then I moved in with my boyfriend, then I left him and came back, then I found my own place.
06/19/2013
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by PropertyOfPotter
I moved out when I was 18, but ended up living with my mother for a while during hard times.

I have three daughters and they aren't even close to being old enough to move out, but it will all depend on the situations themselves. I ...
3 daughters...I have one. You must be particularly brave!
06/19/2013
Ansley Ansley
Eighteen. End of story.
06/19/2013
Kitten B. Kitten B.
I moved out when I was 16, but I would have stayed had my home been a better, non abusive living situation. I think 17-20 is appropriate but it really depends on the level of maturity and responsibility the individual has. I know 23-25 year olds who still live at home and probably couldn't hack it in the 'real' world.
06/20/2013
Hipposterous Hipposterous
I moved out at 19 for 7 months, then I moved back into my mom's place in March and I am moving out again in 2 weeks and I will be 20 then.
06/20/2013
Love Bites Love Bites
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
What's an appropriate age, do you think? When did you move out?

I didn't make this a poll because it is so dependent on the situation. So, I decided to let you explain why you chose whatever age, etc.
I'm 20, I haven't moved out permanently yet. I did live away from home for several months with my partner, but I did end up moving back to my moms. I'm currently working on saving up funds for my own place. I can't move out until I know I can afford food and bills.
07/09/2013
lana'sart lana'sart
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
What's an appropriate age, do you think? When did you move out?

I didn't make this a poll because it is so dependent on the situation. So, I decided to let you explain why you chose whatever age, etc.
I think after high school
07/09/2013
stacylyn12 stacylyn12
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
What's an appropriate age, do you think? When did you move out?

I didn't make this a poll because it is so dependent on the situation. So, I decided to let you explain why you chose whatever age, etc.
when they are ready
07/09/2013
Castielskitten Castielskitten
I personally think a good age is when the child goes off to college. Like my sister will be 17 when she leaves for college, and I believe she'll be more than ready, she's pretty mature as of right now.
07/10/2013
Etonia Etonia
I think around 20 should be a good enough time to leave the nest - but it really depends on a person's financial state. I think once you have enough money saved up that you'll be okay for a little bit if something ends up taking a turn for the worst (suddenly lost your job or what not) and not have to rush back home is a good enough way to tell if its a good time to move out or not. But like I said it really does depend on the person and the situation they're in.
07/11/2013
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