Thursday, January 28, 2010


From Global Post this morning: "A government minister in Italy has suggested a new law that would make children leave home when they are 18. Although the law is unlikely to be introduced, it has started a political debate on older offspring who live at home."

I teach Sociology and that is a recent phenomenon. It is common with the millennium generation. (1980-2010) Children will graduate from high school, go to college and get their degree and then move back home, rent free, and live with their parents for the rest of their lives.

Money for nothing. Nice job if you can get it. It is as if they never grow up and move away. I am sure that you all have your own stories.

I bring this up in my class all the time and I can see the anxiety spread over the faces of my students. Busted. I have been had. My goodness someone has actually discovered what we are doing and is now writing and teaching about the children who never leave home.

Of course the parents kind of like having the kids back home forever because when they left mom and dad discovered they really did not like each other and had only stayed together for the kids in the first place.

Did that hit home or what?

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