College students often face low starting salaries, high rent if they can even find a place, or not realizing just how much utilities can cost, they may be faced with enormous bills. You see more and more college students after graduating returning to their parents house. Sometimes it does work well but that is not always a good thing for your child or for you.
There are steps that can be taken by the parents to encourage independence.
If your child has their own place to live but the expenses are too high show them ways on how to cut back and support them financially but make it clear to them, they have to be willing to change their spending and that it is a temporary situation.
If your child lives with you, charge them rent. If they are 18 years or older there are jobs available. It might not be what they want to do, but it is work.
You should also set a limit to how long your child should stay in your home. Make a conscious decision about what is helpful for them and for you.
Reasons that it might be best for your adult child to live on their own.
Grown children often have very active social lives. Most are sexually active and you might not be comfortable with your child bringing their partner into your home. Make sure you and your child both talk about this and reach an understanding.
Parents should not be afraid to ask your grown child that is still living with you for help with chores and other family obligations, like visiting an elderly relative or babysitting younger children.
After children mature, some parents want to simplify their lives by moving into a smaller house or apartment or might want to move out of state or just travel.
Adult children need to realize that when they are old enough to be independent it also gives their parents an independence. Parents need their time to regain their lives. They have more freedom now to do what they want to do. You have to want independence for your parents as well as yourself.