Category Archives: Media appearances

Trailer: Generation Boomerang

Dreamfilm Productions, a Canadian production company, has made a documentary about adult children living at home. It airs November 10 on CBC’s Doc Zone. You can see me in the trailer, and in the documentary, talking about why this is becoming a more common trend, and what it means for the families involved. Click the image to watch the trailer.

Generation Boomerang

Boomerang kids' impact on your budget

Today, I provided some key tips for a story on  about how boomerang kids moving back home can impact your budget. Here’s a quote from the article that all parents thinking about welcoming boomerang kids back home should keep in mind:

“There’s a misconception from the adult children’s side, and sometimes from the parent’s side as well, that it’s free to have the adult child come and live at home as long as the room is there and available. That’s just not true,” Newberry says.

You can read the whole article on here.

Upcoming documentary on adult children living at home

Last week I spent the day with a crew filming a documentary on adult children living at home for CBC television’s documentary series “Doc Zone,” sharing some of my insights on this growing trend, and also talking about my own two stints living at home as an adult. It was a great day, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the documentary when it airs, probably about a year from now. In the meantime, they are looking for families with adult children living at home to interview. They’re a great crew, and if you’re interested in speaking with them about your family, I’d be happy to put you in touch — just send me an e-mail at

Here are some pictures from the shoot:

adult children living at home documentary filming

adult children living at home documentary filming

adult children living at home documentary filming

Want to be in a documentary on adult children living at home?

A Canadian production company is working on a documentary looking at the implications of the global trend of adult children moving back into (or never leaving) their parents’ homes.  They will be looking at the issue from the perspective of the adult children and the parents, and  will be using real families in the documentary to talk about the issues. If you are interested in being considered for this documentary, or finding out more, send me an e-mail at and I will put you in touch with the producers.

Recent media appearances has been in the news a couple of times recently, offering tips for parents dealing with adult children returning home after college.

adult children living at home cover storyThe Ventura County Reporter’s story Boomerang Generation: From high hopes to grim realities, local adults, young and old, enter unknown territory included several tips from AdultChildrenLivingatHome, inclusing this one:

“Living with your adult kids can be a positive experience for both you and them, as long as you know how to make it work and are prepared to put in the effort,” Newberry said. She also warns against the danger of giving too much, which “may not be doing your adult children any favors” and could actually harm their chances of being successful in the future.

Yahoo! Shine’s piece How to make it work when college grads return home to live included this key piece of advice:

“If you treat them like a kid again, you’re not helping them — you are creating a lifestyle that they won’t be able to maintain when they leave,” Newberry says. “Your job is to get them to where they don’t need you anymore.”

Interview on Roy Green's Nationally Syndicated Show

Today I spoke with Roy Green on his Canada-wide talk show on the Corus Radio Network about how to deal with adult children living at home, including some important ways adult children must be treated differently from when they were little kids:

  • Don’t overparent your adult kids — it’s a sure way to encourage rebellion and resentment. You can have house rules, but you can’t rule your adult child’s life.
  • Don’t take care of all the details — your role has changed, and it’s no longer appropriate for you to pay your adult child’s bills, or do their laundry. Your role is to help your adult child achieve independence.
  • Talk, talk, talk. Your adult child should have much more input than they did when they were small, and discussions and agreements are important to achieving household harmony. That said, it’s still your house, so in the end, what you say goes.

You can hear the interview here.

How to set up a contract for adult kids returning home

In Australia, as in the rest of the world, adult children are living at home longer — and when they do leave, they’re quite likely to “boomerang” home within one to four years. In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 54% of 25- to 29-year-olds who live at home were out of the nest at some point, and 8% of 30- to 34-year-olds still live at home!

That prompted Murray Olds and Murray Wilson from Radio 2UE Sydney to give me a call this afternoon to talk about  rules for adult children living at home. I talked to them about the importance of creating a contract or living agreement for adult children moving home. They’ve got the whole interview (about 5 minutes) posted on their website, and you can check it out here.