52 Proven Strategies That Will Position You to Excel as an Immigrant # 7 Your Host Family

“Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.” ―Proverbs 17:13

Many relationships have been ruined because proper boundaries were not set initially, and the expectations were not well defined. This tragedy can be avoided. Setting boundaries and having a timeline and specific expectations from each party may be strange to you. The reason is that in your country of birth, your culture assumes that “things always work out as long as you are family or friends.”

To dare suggest that family members sit down and hammer out the terms and conditions for living together is sacrilege, unnecessary, uncalled for, and totally unaccepted. The idea is even repulsive and should not be mentioned among families and friends. The assumption is that the closer you are, the smoother things will be, and the easier it will be to live together. The other reasoning is that agreements are made between people you know little about and not close relatives and friends.

If you are living with a host family who requires you to contribute financially to the cost of living when you work, you should not say they are “wicked.” It is for your good, and be happy for the opportunity to practice living within your means.

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