Please refresh the page and retry. I was 23, had just got my first job since graduating that summer, and was feeling like an Actual Grown-Up at last. With no siblings, I was close to my parents and Dad would often come and sit with me in my bedroom to ask what books I was reading, or to borrow some new music. I had a happy, stress-free upbringing. Dad cooked dinner for us every night, and made my packed lunch for school in the morning; he was my friend. At work that day, I tried to get my head around everything my mother had told me.
More and more adult kids are coming back home—or never leaving in the first place. In fact, if you are in this situation, you are not alone. A recent study says that nearly 53 percent of to year-olds in the U. Older children end up at home with their parents for many different reasons. Sometimes they want to get their nest built financially, so they come home to save money and secure their future. It takes a lot of pressure off their shoulders because Mom and Dad are there to cook and clean and pay the bills.
In today's world, our ideas about gender roles have been turned on their heads. Some of those old patterns involve relationships between mothers and their adult sons. A solid relationship with a mother is a good portent for a happy married life. Women are widely credited with fostering emotional intelligence in their children, and a son who scores high in emotional intelligence is likely to be more understanding of his wife. Such a man is also more likely to reject macho posturing.
Regardless of your feelings regarding the merits or demerits of millennials and their younger counterparts, being a fledgling adult is harder in some ways than it used to be. Two years ago the Pew Research Center reported that for the first time in years adults ages 18 to 34 were more likely to live with parents than with a romantic partner. For one thing, more young people are waiting later in life to get married, if they do at all. Pew has previously projected that one in four young adults may never do so. Second, the employment and wages of young men without college degrees have been falling for decades.