I grew up living with a grandmother in the house.
While it is not everyone’s idea of a good time to live with their parents or parents-in-law, it worked for my family.
My mom adored her quiet and undemanding mother. My father, who called her Mrs. Milligan all her life, took her in without complaint. Because of my father’s kindness to her mother, my mom called my dad “a prince among men” and had that nomer etched on his gravestone. My father understood my grandmother’s situation because his own mother, my Nana, had similar limited means. She lived with her daughter, my dad’s sister, and her husband.
Circumstances did not lead me to repeat that experience and I am not sure I would have been able to. My mother and I would have been two clashing Alpha females and my mother-in-law was able to live on her own until she died.
But this generation is looking back in time for models for family living today. Young married couples are living with their parents and there are more multigenerational families than 30 years ago. The reasons vary–it could be to have help with the children, to afford a house or to offer help to an aging parent. But one thing is sure: it is a growing trend.