Five things your parents told you about moving out that were actually true

March 22, 2017
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How many of you have scoffed at our parents’ constant stream of advice in the lead up to moving out? Raise your hand – don’t worry I’ll wait. We’re pretty sure we’ve got this adulting thing totally covered and for the moment, we’d honestly just like to believe that.

But even the most stubborn pseudo-adult amongst us has to admit that our parents might have been right about one or two things when it came to moving out. That’s why we’ve put together this list of truths, so you can unashamedly tell your Mum she was right the next time she calls. You’re welcome.

Living on your own will be more expensive than you think

You’ve worked out your budget, factored in the essentials like rent, internet and electricity, and now you’re ready to take on the world like the proper functioning adult you were meant to be. Don’t worry, you tell your parents as they look on with concern, you’ve got this totally covered.

That is until you do your first proper grocery shop and realise this eating and surviving thing is more expensive than you thought it would be, and you’ve got no one else to help cover costs. At least you know that you can live off Mi Goreng until your next pay day – just remember to hide the evidence before you parents come over for a surprise visit.

You shouldn’t eat leftovers you can’t remember cooking

We’ve all been there, exhausted after a hectic uni or work day, staring at a fridge full of delicious, delicious leftovers that don’t require any prep work apart from a quick toss in the microwave.

There’s only one problem: neither you nor your roommates can remember making the dish in the first place. Feeling desperate, you decide to risk it anyway, figuring that if it was too old someone would have thrown it out by now, right? Oh sweet, summer child, how little you know. Trust me, there is definitely no shame in asking your Mum to nurse you through a bout of food poisoning.

You can’t use cardboard boxes as furniture forever

Sure, you can probably get away with it when you’re fresh out of home and saving for some super swanky furniture, but once you get six months into living solo, there’s simply no excuse. Well, except for being broke AF, but the least you can do is buy a nightstand – they make everything look classy.

Your parents warned you about it, but hobo chic is really not in this season and no child of theirs is going to attempt to bring it back. Save your parents some angst and remind yourself that IKEA is about to become your new best friend.

You’ll be over at your parents’ place within a month for a proper feed

It’s inevitable guys, it’s best to just accept it now. There’s only so many times you can live off baked beans on toast and instant noodles for dinner before your body decides you have to either seek out some proper nutrition or suffer the consequences.

Besides, there’s just nothing like Mum or Dad’s cooking to pick you up when you’re feeling down and make your tummy happy. I promise no one’s going to judge you for going back for second helpings.

You’ll miss them more than you thought you would

There’s no shame in ringing up your ‘rents or heading over to their house simply for a catch up. For most of your life, they’ve been your go to support network, so it makes sense that you’ll need them now in this new chapter of your life as much as you have in the past. Embrace the feeling and remember to appreciate the time you do have with your parents. Oh and make sure to treat them to something nice occasionally as well. You know they more than deserve it.

Shannon Coward

Shannon Coward is a fourth year Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Queensland. She enjoys period dramas, doughnuts and a good nap. 

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