Nearly 50 million Americans are living with grandparents, including the Obamas! A look at the multi-generational household, and why it's right (or wrong) for your family
Welcome to the new multigenerational household. It's a description that fits 49 million people, or 16 percent of American homes, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center. That number is up from 28 million in 1980. The recent recession is one reason for the shift; increased immigration is another—today's immigrants are far more likely to live in a multigen home than native-born Americans. “This generation of parents is also putting a greater emphasis on the family unit, so having more time together has become much more important,” says Susan Newman, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of Under One Roof Again.
If you're debating this kind of a change, here's what to consider on this new road to happily ever after.