I often tell my five kids that they can never move away from home. Even if they get married someday they have to buy the house next door and move into it if they want to leave our home. The oldest is only eleven years old so I have at least another ten years to indoctrinate them.
I don’t really expect to be able to hold them that closely forever. Some day I will have to let go and permit them to exercise their independence. Well, maybe not . . . .
According to a new Pew Forum survey, 13% of parents who have grown children have had one of their adult sons or daughters move back home in the last year. The bad economy has driven the number of returning adult children higher and higher. Social scientist are referring to these returning adult children as “boomerangers”.
The economies effect on this group is apparent in a number of other interesting statistics. Only 7.3 % of adults aged 18-29 now live alone. And, only 46% of those between the ages of 16-24 are currently employed. (Click here for additional data.)
If the economy doesn’t make a come-back I may just get my wish — I may get to keep my kids at home forever.
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