Adult Children Are Living At Home Longer

by Jon Henshaw

CBC reports that adult children are living at home longer. However, instead of staying home, they’re leaving home, and then coming back. They’re calling them “boomerang” offspring.

Peter Morgan is typical of the trend. Morgan and his wife have three children in their 20s. Until recently, they all lived at home.

The 29-year-old and the 27-year-old men recently left, but a 21-year-old son is still under the family roof in Vancouver.

“If history serves, he will probably be there another five years,” said Morgan. “Possibly another nine or 10.”

Personally, I have no plans on having any of my children live with me past 18. This trend seems more like a poor parenting than young misfortune. If adult children know they can use their parents as a crutch, then many of them will take advantage of it.

Adult children need to shed the “child” and learn to fend for themselves as adults. Otherwise, I think it’s fair to say that their parents didn’t prepare them to live as a true adult in society.

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 at 11:17 pm and is filed under Parenting, Character Development. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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