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A Rising Share of Young Adults Live in Their Parents’ Home — The Baby Boomers’ Boomies!

The post agrarian nuclear family, popularized by shows like Father Knows Best  in the 1950s and 60s, may not be sustainable in today’s economy.  Sociologists and social historians have long said that marriage and the Mom, Dad and the kids arrangement is quite recent.  In fact, it was not long ago that a significant percentage of siblings did not marry at all.  In today’s America, it is getting increasingly difficult to go to college, buy a home and settle down and raise a family.  Today’s young people are struggling to get jobs and parents are staying put in their homes well after retirement…  Perhaps it is the baby boomers leading these trends.  Ironically, just like they made noise for their elders and their parents in the 1960s, so too are their children today as they are crowding their nests and spending their life savings… Empty nest syndrome is being replaced with a new, perhaps more uncomfortable version of the extended family… At least extended at the bank as families struggle to face a  new reality in an economy that undervalues education and yields few jobs and opportunities for the baby boomers “boomies” …

“In 2012, 36% of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31—the so-called Millennial generation—were living in their parents’ home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. This is the highest share in at least four decades and represents a slow but steady increase over the 32% of their same-aged counterparts who were living at home prior to the Great Recession in 2007 and the 34% doing so when it officially ended in 2009.

A record total of 21.6 million Millennials lived in their parents’ home in 2012, up from 18.5 million of their same aged counterparts in 2007. Of these, at least a third and perhaps as many as half are college students. (In the census data used for this analysis, college students who live in dormitories during the academic year are counted as living with their parents).

Younger Millennials (ages 18 to 24) are much more likely than older ones (ages 25 to 31) to be living with their parents—56% versus 16%. Since the onset of the 2007-2009 recession, both age groups have experienced a rise in this living arrangement.”

via A Rising Share of Young Adults Live in Their Parents’ Home | Pew Social & Demographic Trends.

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How Do You Raise a Prodigy? – NYTimes.com

Wonderful article from the NYTs on child prodigies! The article is a wonderful overview of the parenting experience and how a child’s “difference” presents unique challenges in the parenting experience for good and bad …

The educational system and our own ability to deal with outliers is an obstacle to human progress and perhaps love itself…

Read this article today to enrich your perspective on raising kids or perhaps on how you were raised yourself…

 

“Drew Petersen didn’t speak until he was 3½, but his mother, Sue, never believed he was slow. When he was 18 months old, in 1994, she was reading to him and skipped a word, whereupon Drew reached over and pointed to the missing …”

via How Do You Raise a Prodigy? – NYTimes.com.

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Student Loan Bankruptcy Fears Drive Congress to Rethink Law – WSJ.com

The growth of student debt is stirring debate about whether the government should step in to ease the burden by rewriting the bankruptcy laws—again.

In 2005, Congress prohibited student debt from being discharged through …

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Parenting, Children and Parents – Motherlode Blog – NYTimes.com

According to Ron Clark, Disney’s American Teacher of the Year, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just four and a half years, “and many of them list ‘issues with parents’ as one of …

MORE via Parenting, Children and Parents – Motherlode Blog – NYTimes.com.

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The Non-Joie of Parenting, U.S.-Style – NYTimes.com

HARDLY a week goes by without an article or a book suggesting the newest, best — or oldest, but still best — way to raise a child. The most recent fixation is with the …

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The Boomerang Generation – Pew Research Center

More than three-quarters of young adults ages 25 to 34 who have moved back home with their families during the Great Recession and the troubled economic years that followed say they’re satisfied with their living arrangements and upbeat about their future finances.

Those arrangements have benefited their parents as well: almost half of boomerang children say they have paid rent and almost nine-in-ten have helped with household expenses.

via The Boomerang Generation – Pew Research Center.

Filed under: Blogosphere, Culture Think, Demographic Change, Economic Recession, Parenting, Unemployment, WeSeeReason,

When Does Adulthood Begin in this Economy? – Pew Research Center

One possible byproduct of the economic challenges today’s young adults face may be shifting societal norms about when adulthood begins. When asked what age children should be financially independent from their parents in a 1993 survey, 80% of parents said children should be self-reliant by age 22. In a survey conducted in December 2011, only 67% of parents (with children age 16 or under) say their children have to be financially independent by age 22.

When Does Adulthood Begin in this Economy?

Among all adults, regardless of parental status, a clear age pattern emerges.. A solid majority of young adults (66%) believe children should be financially independent by age 22 (including 23% who say they should be supporting themselves by age 18. By contrast, among those ages 50 and older, only 44% say children should be financially independent by age 22; a narrow majority (53%) don’t think financial independence is mandatory until age 25 or older. On this issue, adults ages 35 to 49 are closer aligned to their their younger counterparts than to adults ages 50 and older. Read more

via Daily Number: When Does Adulthood Begin in this Economy? – Pew Research Center.

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More Doctors ‘Fire’ Vaccine Refusers – WSJ.com

Pediatricians fed up with parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of concern it can cause autism or other problems increasingly are “firing” such families from their practices, raising questions about a doctor’s responsibility to these …

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Now We Are Six – The Hormone Surge of Middle Childhood – NYTimes.com

VIEWED superficially, the part of youth that the psychologist Jean Piaget called middle childhood looks tame and uneventful, a quiet patch of road on the otherwise hairpin highway to …

MORE via Now We Are Six – The Hormone Surge of Middle Childhood – NYTimes.com.

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Amy Chua: Tiger Mom’s Long-Distance Cub – WSJ.com

A lot of people have asked me whether I still “tiger mom” my older daughter, Sophia, now that she’s in college. Do I block sleepovers from afar, drill her on schoolwork remotely, monitor piano practice by Skype and make sure that she never watches …

MORE via Amy Chua: Tiger Mom’s Long-Distance Cub – WSJ.com.

Filed under: access to education, Blogosphere, Culture Think, Education Policy, Mass Media and Public Opinion, News, Parenting,

Too Much Praise Is No Good for Toddlers – NYTimes.com

When I was 8, my mom gave me a self-esteem bear. It told me I was great.

So I could relate to the recent New York Magazine article called “The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright.” It’s a thoughtful millennials’ manifesto, written by one, which examines, among other things, existing in a chilly world after a childhood of warm  …

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