Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sharing a Home with a Friend

You might consider sharing a house or apartment with another person of the same sex to save on housing costs.

Cheryl and Cathy were both divorced and both had two young children. They decided that living together in Cathy's home would be beneficial for all. Cathy stayed home during the day and watched the children and took care of the housework, and Cheryl went to work to meet the living expenses.

The period of time they spent living together was not without difficulties, but the arrangement was truly a helpful and special time for both of them. Cheryl says, "I think one of the best things I got out of it was having a friend for life. Through thick and thin, no matter what, I can always call Cathy."

If you decide to share a home with another divorced parent to save on expenses, you will have to set down clear rules and expectations. You will need to discuss things such as groceries, meals, transportation, television use, child care arrangements, housecleaning, expenses, and other things to help your living situation be more comfortable and beneficial to all. It is important that you communicate with the person you are living with and continue to work together, being respectful of each other's feelings and needs.

"Your friendship was a miracle" (2 Samuel 1:26 Msg)

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