It’s become more common for adults to move back in with their parents in order to save money. In fact, nearly a third of 18 to 34-year-olds were living with their parents in 2016. While this arrangement might make you feel like a kid again, you don’t have to live like one. Instead, use this opportunity to form an adult relationship with them.

But, of course, it’s easier said than done. So here’s how to make the most of living with your parents.

Agree on ground rules
As you would with a roommate, communicate what living habits and chores will and will not work for the both of you. If you want quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., or if they want you to contribute to washing dishes, getting this all out in advance helps avoid arguments in the future.

Communicate as adults
Your parents might slip and start treating you like a child here and there. If that happens, it’s up to you to remind them that you can take care of yourself. Let them know you appreciate their input, but that you’re mature enough to make your own decisions.

Decide how much you want to share with them
Just because you live with your parents doesn’t mean you have to tell them everything. If you prefer not to recount your Tinder dates or friend drama, you can just say so. There are plenty of other things you can talk about that’ll get you through dinner while maintaining your privacy.

Designate your space
Even if your house is shared, it’s crucial that you have a space that’s solely yours. Let your folks know if you prefer that your room stays private, and if you need a larger area than that, see if you can carve out a workspace in the living room or basement that’s just for you.

Get out of the house
If you’re afraid of feeling suffocated, take some preventative measures and make plans with friends. If you work from home, go out to a cafe, and don’t feel guilty about taking time for yourself. If it keeps you from resenting your folks, it’s a win-win overall.

xx, The FabFitFun Team