Roles reverse when mum moves in
There is a new breed of flatmate in South Canterbury - parents who are moving in with their children.
Katrina Steedman's mother, Jenny Voice, moved in with her last August. Voice originally moved in to save money for a move to Australia.
However, best laid plans went astray and Voice is now living with her daughter for a while longer.
"She decided to have a heart attack," Steedman said.
Voice has also been able to support her daughter, who has health issues.
Steedman said she and her mum were not close growing up, and she was nervous about them living together, but it had been great.
"We have had no problems. I wouldn't have it any other way."
There were some times, Steedman said, when she had felt like a child again. "But I say my house, my rules."
Steedman conceded her mother must also feel the pinch at times.
"Mum is not used to living with a house full of teenagers."
Meanwhile, Voice said sometimes Steedman growled her. "I growl at her, too, though," she said.
Voice said it was a different dynamic now to when her daughter was growing up. She helps out where she can, "though I still give her chores to do".
However, when Voice had her boyfriend to stay the night, the shoe was on the other foot.
"I rang and asked if it was OK if he stayed the night first," she said.
Voice said her boyfriend came into the house with his hands in his pocket and head low like a teenager.
"He was nervous, but it's fine now. He gets on really well with the kids," she said.
The Timaru Herald