At what age do you think should one start to live on her own

@toplen (335)
March 29, 2007 8:53am CST
In the Philippines, one shouldn't move out of the family house unless he or she is getting married. Parents are strict on imposing that rule, some even have curfews except for the western-influenced families. At what age do you think should your kids live on their own? Do you think your 18 year-old can already handle life outside, on her own? How does this help them?
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
I guess there's no age required for us to start and live for our own, considering the stature of our economy. As of my observataion, an adult can move out whenever they want to. Especially when they already know that they can take care of themselves, and that they already have a stable job. I think money plays a big part on this issue, besides, anyone who has decided to live by their own are the one's responsible to their every actions and decisions.
• Portugal
29 Mar 07
In South Africa, usually, when a person is 21 he/she leaves to love on his/her own. I think it would also depend on the maturity of a person, some 18 year old aren't mature enough to live on their own. I think from when a person is 20 and up is a good age to give it a try. Here in Portugal a lot of people do not even leave their family home when they are married, the one person will move in with the spouse and live in the same house as the family. In Brazil, some people I know, have built their child a new house nearby or next door when they are getting married. Every country has their own culture and beliefs. But I think it is good that a person lives on his own before getting married, you learn to take care of yourself and have your own responsibilities, you grow a lot with this experience and you also learn to appreciate your parents more. All the best to you!
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29 Mar 07
I think that an 18 year old is able to live on their own. At 18 I was fairly immature but I would have been able to handle it if I had to. I think that it is a great idea to live on your own before you get married. It really helps you to find out about yourself and work out what you want from life, something that you can't really do when all your decisions are being made for you by your parents.
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