A new Census Bureau report confirms a major change from previous generations, and that there’s now a new stage of development dubbed “emerging adulthood.” Although a more accurate term might be “lingering childhood.” What it means is that things previous generations did in their 20s (moving out of their parents’ houses, getting jobs, getting married, having kids, buying homes, etc.) are now being delayed until their 30s or even later. Here’s how drastic the delay in growing up has become: Forty years ago, 57% of Americans aged 18-34 lived with their spouses, while only 26% lived with their parents. Today, those still living with their parents outnumber those living with spouses by 31 to 27%.
This epidemic of arrested development isn’t just hard on parents. Putting off marriage, home-buying and having children has serious consequences for the future of America, affecting everything from the economy to the size of the taxpaying work force (just ask Europe.) Read more about that at the link; it might make you think that you aren’t doing your kids any favors by letting them put off growing up.
Whoever imagined that Homer Simpson might have had the right idea about parenting? Marge once asked if he remembered what he’d promised the children, and Homer replied, “Sure do! When you’re 18, you’re out the door!”
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