The same generation that despises their parents’ generation because they are so smart and Baby Boomers are just so dumb, can’t seem to stay away from the old parental teat. As I have mentioned a number of times, many of them are pushing 30 and beyond — and have been in the habit of still depending on parental supplements so that they might appear “Upscale”. You can usually find them cruising the far left Regressive sites telling people of their parents’ generation to “Just die”.
Well, even that isn’t working any longer for this Better Than You Are Generation, comprised primarily of Yes We Can’ers. The Generation of I Should Leave Home Right Now While I Still Know Everything.
They grew up accustomed to receiving trophies for just showing up. They lived a life of Mom and Dad Taking Care Of The Problem. They attended “Progressive” schools that wouldn’t use a red pen on their papers because it might Hurt Their Feelings, they were told “Everybody is a winner” even if you didn’t do a damned thing to warrant a win, They have grown up addicted to bright, shiny objects paid for by someone else — and it is catching up with them. And it won’t cost them a thing, because …………They’reeeeeeeeeeeee Baaaaaaaaaaack!
In increasing numbers, Boomer Moms and Boomer Dads are experiencing the pleasure of dependent deja vu, which includes paying for all the food, paying the taxes and utilities and pretty much having an in-house dependent who doesn’t understand the concept of Trash Night. While once these parents imagined they were finally free of the their too-long dependent kids who, chronologically speaking, are not kids at all, they are discovering they were wrong.
They are returning home. Again.Again. Again.
For those of you who know this age group, you know what I mean about “Again”. The Know It All Generation is truly a Boomerang Generation. So get ready parents! 25 is the new 15. And with Health Care Reform, just think about how you parents will have the pleasure again of paying for their health insurance till age 27 too! 27 is the new 18.
But cheer up! We all have one, or more, in the family! You’ve just gotta love a generation that prefers to enjoy all of the consolations and none of the consequences of being “Independent”. A generation of Independent Dependents who narrow their eyes and tell you that you don’t know what you are talking about when you warn them that they are making a mistake, only to return later, expecting you to shell out the money to fix the very mistake you warned about. Yup. We all know one. So if it hasn’t happened to you yet, get ready Boomer parents, because your rather old “Children” are coming home again!
I know what you are thinking. By the time you were 27, you had already been working for years and saved ten percent of every paycheck you received. If times got rough, you endured and figured it out. If you tried to move back home, your parents looked at you like you dropped down from another planet. You were raising a family and had a mortgage, and nobody gave you the down payment for the house either. You didn’t buy a new toy every month because you were an adult. You were also helping out your parents and grandparents when needed, and all the holiday gatherings were at your home.
Get that out of your head and start preparing. Plan on being told that you must prepare vegetarian meals and buy organic produce from Whole Foods. On your dime. Also, for crying out loud, get a new computer will you? That one is from the Stone Age! How embarrassing! I’m not going to use that thing! Aren’t you cooking tonight??? Mom, can you iron this?
And remember: Barack Obama Rocks!
WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with limited job options, many young adults are turning to an old standby to weather the recession: moving back in with mom and dad.
Nearly 1 in 7 parents with grown children say they had a ”boomerang kid” move back home in the past year, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. In a turnabout in the rite of passage in which a college graduate finds a job and an apartment, many are returning to their parents’ empty nests because of tight finances or as they pursue an advanced degree.
Ah the perpetual college student. The NIKE. No Income Kids With Education who imagine that now they can skip the Experience part of the equation. It just takes too damned much time!
We all know some of them too, don’t we? They are the ones sitting in their parents’ homes waiting for some CEO to tap them to be Lord of The Company. Everything else is simply beneath them. The problem is, it’s not going to happen. It doesn’t happen that way in the Real World.
Roughly one-third, or 35 percent, of boomerang kids said they had lived independently at some point in their lives but had to move back in with their parents. About half of the grown children worked full- or part-time, while 25 percent were unemployed and 20 percent were full-time students.
In other words, they still can’t make it on their own. That would mean giving up all those bright shiny objects and Nights Out like their dumb parents had to do! Why sacrifice when you can go home! Why save money out of paychecks for rainy days like today when you can go home! These poor Boomerangs will just have to tolerate those stupid boorish Baby Boomer parents of theirs again. You know, the ones with the checkbook.
I will be dining with two of them on Thanksgiving Day. I look forward to watching them sniff and swish the wine somebody else paid for and I look forward to learning Everything There Is To Know About Everything. They too have decided to bless Mom and Dad by taking back their old room again. But their parents know it’s just Temporary. Just like it was the last time. And the time before….
According to the latest Pew survey and census data:
–About 20 million people ages 18 to 34 live at home with their parents — roughly 30 percent of that age group. That’s up from about 18 million, or 27 percent, in 2005.
I bet that doesn’t include the ones who returned home more than once. 18-34. Amazing.
The time has come, Senator Barack Obama says, for the baby boomers to get over themselves.
No problem Senator/President! Baby Boomer kids LOVED when you said that.! But don’t you think it’s time for them, AKA your sycophants, to get out of over our wallets? Just saying!!
**Uppity Gen Y readers NOTwithstanding with respect to this article!!!! There ARE exceptions. Rare, but they are there. And they come here! And we applaud you!