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A 2011 study by the Pew Research Center says more families are experiencing a life with their kids moving back in after college. But, is there a fine line between supporting your adult child living at home, and enabling them?

 They're being called ‘boomerang children," adult children that return home after college. One study says 39% of adults ages 18 to 34 have had to move back home with their parents more than any time during the 1950s.

 "I left home when I was 18 and never came back," says Barbara Browning, parent.

 "It is really weird to think that back in the day kids were moving out at 18, I don't know how they did it," says Briana Browning, daughter.

 A North Dakota mother and daughter are experiencing this trend too.

 "Better to help them out then let them flounder, they'll just give up and not go for the job that they want, what they went to school for. They'll just settle," says Barbara Browning.

 Browning says she won't let her kids get too comfortable.

 "Both graduated with their B.S.s in May, now they're still at the house and they're in the job search. But, if they don't get in their field right away and they're going to stay home, they have to pay some rent," says Browning.

Barbara Browning's daughter Briana says it's tough to find a job in this economy as a recent graduate and support yourself financially.

"It's just really hard to try and go out there and be independent on your own seeing as college tuition raises every single semester, and then you have rent which is another raising issue and utilities. It's hard to find a good paying job that will support all that stuff," says Briana.

But Barbara says it's just best to be supportive.

 "You just have to support them. Not necessarily monetarily, but you have to support them in their choices and that kind of thing," says Barbara.

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