5 Things We Miss About Living with Our Parents

What is the best part about living with mom and dad?

Photography: Rene Mejia

In some countries, most children leave their parents' homes as soon as they turn 18. However, in the Philippines, this is not the norm. Many of us stay in the house we grew up in until we marry or consider opportunities in other cities and countries. In fact, in some cases, children stay long after they have husbands, wives, and children of their own.

If you are one of those who are already living apart from your mom and dad, there may be things that you miss about them and the home that you shared. Here are 5 things that we miss about living with our parents:

  • Not paying any bills

When we were children, our parents were often strict about our electricity use. They always made statements like, "Isarado mo yung pinto, lalabas yung lamig." or "Patayin mo yung ilaw 'pag labas mo ng kwarto." They also closely watched what we could and could not grab from the aisles in the supermarket. Most of the time, we were not allowed to buy any of the expensive yogurt sticks, chocolate bars, or bags of chips.

Although we once thought that our mom and dad were just being unreasonably kuripot, we now understand how difficult it is to pay for rent, electricity, water, utilities, cellphone, and other bills.

  • Not worrying about broken faucets or leaking roofs

Apart from not having any bills to worry about, we also didn't have to think about any of the problems in and around the home. When we were younger, our parents always had to deal with (or hire someone to fix) broken faucets, holes on the roof, and other pesky issues.

  • Watching TV or doing something with the whole family

When I moved out of our old house, one of the first things that I missed the most was the simple act of watching TV with my loved ones. I think that there will always be something special about talking to and laughing with our family in the comfort of our own home.

  • Coming home to a homecooked meal

Another thing that I miss the most is coming home to a homecooked meal! Now, at the end of a long and tiring day, I still have to buy or make my own food. Although I can always find or prepare adobo or tinola for myself, I have come to accept that it will always taste better when enjoyed with my family. Also, it is often easier to cook for four people than it is to cook for one. 

  • Being surrounded by the people that we love

More than anything else, I long to simply be around my family! While I never paid too much attention to it before, I miss the familiar and comforting sight and sounds of my father cooking beef broccoli, my mother setting the table, and my brother playing his guitar. 


How about you? What do you miss most about living with your parents? Don't forget to leave us a comment on Facebook!

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