If returning to your childhood home brings out your inner teenager, you’re far from alone. But a few simple steps could help stave off the drama this summer, promises family relationship coach Louise Armstrong – even if you are still living out of a suitcase…
I know that feeling. After landing back in the UK and spending just 24 hours staying with my parents, I begin to regress to that rebellious teenager I was all those years ago. I might be an adult now, in my 40s with my own three children, but when I’m sitting at mum’s kitchen table, pouring milk on my morning muesli and quietly minding my own business, and she asks what I want for dinner that night, not regressing seems impossible. I mean, does she not realise I’m incapable of functioning right now, let alone thinking what I’m going to want to eat in eight hours’ time?
As my old teenage anger levels rise, I’ll firmly shut the kitchen door and climb the stairs to wait for my turn in the bathroom (what happened to my en suite?). I’ll search for the jumper and jeans squashed in the suitcase laying in the corner of the bedroom, watching rain streaming down the window, as the kids ask what we’re doing today for the umpteenth time and I’ll think ‘take me back to Dubai please!’
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