Dr. Jeremy Cottle, licensed social worker and CEO of Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital, knows that achieving kumbaya status in a multigenerational household takes work. Here are his top three tips for families considering making the transition.
1. Discuss the logistics beforehand.
“Talk about how the children are to be disciplined, the financial arrangement, chores, routines, house rules, even how you’d decide on changes to home decor. Discuss each family’s core needs and how they will be respected.”
2. Hold regular family meetings.
“Conduct regular meetings to address concerns or opportunities for improvement. This is a good time to express appreciation, concerns and solutions.”
3. Help each other out.
“Expressing gratitude and providing service has been a recipe for success in many multigenerational households. Create a culture of giving and being appropriately assertive in getting needs met.”