VaMinion wrote:DocTWisted wrote:tombombodil wrote:Being a family person (ie having a spouse and kids). Something I have more or less zero experience with. Never having even lived with a significant other.
Than shouldn't we first have a discussion on how to find a significant other worth keeping?
The ups, downs, and pitfalls of living with someone else could be worth it too. I know there's a lot I didn't think about before I moved in with an ex-gf, and that experience completely changed how I approached moving in with my wife.
Yeah, roommates in general is a whole other animal. There's a reason they warn you against being freshman roommates with your best friend from high school unless you're 100% certain it will work. I've known people who have almost permanently ruined their friendship by assuming that because they got along socially that they'd be great roommates.
Turns out living together compatibility, and social/emotional compatibility are two totally different things.
So in conclusion, add to the brainstorming list,
Finding and adapting to living with someone, whether a friend, SO or simply a roommate of convenience. Experts being anyone who has gone through this process several times.