A house-child, by definition, must be:
1) old enough to be a house-wife
3) have lived away from the house for a period of time (i.e. college, grad school) and is now coming back to the house just when her parents thought they were finally rid of her!!
4) so busy house-childing that she frequently requests an assistant.
5) too old to live at home. Someone who is of normal age to live at home (i.e. a high-school student) cannot be a house-child.
Note: house-childing is becoming an increasingly popular activity given that most people in their 20s can no longer afford rent due to the current economic downturn
Person A: "So Rebecca, now that you have graduated with your Masters degree....what are you up to these days?"
Person B: "I'm house-childing. It's a full-time job."
Person A: "I'm a real estate broker and my wife is a dental hygienist. What you do, Rebecca?"
Person B: "I'm a house-child. It keeps me very busy."