Why You Can't Help Turning Into Your Teenage Self When You Go Home For The Holidays

December 19, 2014 6:20 PM

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There's a joke that captures the feeling of "regression" that many adults experience when they go home to spend the holidays with their families. It goes like this: For every day you're home with your family, you lose five years. So you should keep your trip short enough that you'll be old enough to drive away.

Many adult children know well that returning to the nest can be even more challenging than visiting your parents in another context. You might go home for the holidays and suddenly be surprised to find yourself behaving like a 16-year-old: You fight with your mom over doing chores or going out with ...

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