“Children don’t grow up; they disappear.”
According to census data in 1960, about 18% of 25-year-olds in America lived with their parents. In 2015, that number was over 30%. These aren’t kids in college claiming their parents’ home as their permanent address. These aren’t 22-year-olds having just graduated. These are 25-year old adults, still crashing with Mom & Dad.
Now, I know that for much of the world multiple generations living under one roof is quite common, so perhaps the idea of your “kids” living with you at 25 may not scare you. But how do you feel about them living off you? There’s even more evidence about adults in the late 20s still using their parents as their primary support, and it has less to do with the economy than we previously thought.
Our number one job as parents is to work ourselves out of a job. Why? Because we’re not supposed to be raising kids; we’re supposed to be raising adults. We’re not supposed to be protecting our kids by providing them a safe life; we’re supposed to be preparing our kids to launch into the adventure of adulthood.
These principles are what we teach, and give step-by-step instructions for, in our multimedia Launching Hope kit. Those of us with tweens & teens need all the help we can get, and this series is what has absolutely helped me navigate the choppy waters of adolescence, and give my two young adults the best chance for a life of their own, and on their own. (Right now we’re even running a 55% discount special!)
The world needs more adults, and it’s on us to help our children become just that.
Peace begins with pause,