Back to the original topic, I don't think it's an awful idea for him to live at home for a little while so that he can build up a little bit of financial stability. I've lived on both sides of the coin: Living independently for several years and living at home as an adult.
For reasons beyond anyone's control, I had to move out when I was 21, even though I was still in school and only marginal savings. They were lean times, but for most of the three and a half years I lived on my own, I was able to pay my bills and maintain a social life. And that was bringing in probably less than $20,000 a year. But obviously, such a situation is more feasible in Michigan than LA.
I moved back home last year because I had minimal income, had finished school, and had reached a point where I was barely able to afford my bills. It was humbling to move into my mom's two-bedroom apartment at 25 with a college degree. It felt like several steps backward. But it was necessary in order for me to restore some semblance of financial stability.
It's been a mixed bag. I loved having my own place, even if it was a crappy apartment. There aren't any rules here, so I don't feel restricted; we try to make this living arrangement work for each other. But it's still stressful at times. I look at it as a necessary evil until I can find a real job. I've always had a good relationship with my mom, but I do agree with Barrington that such an arrangement can make it better. We've butted heads, but my mom and I have also gotten to know each other better and spent some quality time together since I moved back. We used to see each other after I moved out and had a good relationship, but this arrangement has strengthened it. And while I'd love to be enjoying the freedom that comes with being away from home, I'm trying to look at it from another perspective. It's not forever or even that much longer. And because I will probably leave this state eventually, this is my last chance to spend more than the occasional holiday or vacation with her.