Still living with your parents at 30? Get a life | Barbara Ellen | Opinion | The Guardian
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Parents are making themselves slavishly available to their offspring, well into adulthood, with disastrous long-term results. Bar exceptional circumstances, this level of over-parenting is approaching child abuse.
While it is one thing to help adult children through a short-term crisis catastrophe, debt, relationship breakdownsurely the endgame is their successful autonomy. For most people, independence is the magic ticket to self-reliance, self-esteem and the future.
Take it away and what's left?
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A place in their parents' life? That gilded cage, that domestic prison. It simply isn't enough. Instead of over-parenting at close quarters, how about over-parenting from a distance? Bung them a few quid to get started, sub them endlessly, with the proviso that they must move out.
What these homebound "kids" are saving in monetary terms is far outweighed by what they're losing. If you are one of them, my advice is — get out, be broke, endure that crummy flat share. At least you would be living your own life. Above all, accept the terrible truth — it's time for you to run away from home. Sadly, for them, this was markedly less disturbing than their ensuing pretension.
Other than that, do they seriously think anyone cares?
But then, anti-materialist gestures have a habit of imploding. I liked sometime band KLF's infamous burning of a million quid, but it was still funny to hear how some of the "media representatives" entrusted to lay cash on the pyre ran off to the pub with it instead.
Truth is, most people are too far removed from Birkin bags and millions of pounds to become emotionally unsettled by their destruction. What a novel way of selling Stephen King's new novel Stephen King has opted to initially publish his new book, Joyland, in print format only, despite having been an ebook pioneer with 's Riding the Bullet.
Or too shell-shocked, or ashamed, that being home with a baby was way harder than we thought it'd be what I call the Stay-at-Home Mom Conspiracy Theory.
Whatever it was, it's a problem. Because our childless friends are hurting. In fact, they're mourning the friendships that have been lost.
My friend Marissa is a news anchor in a top five market. She is fair, dedicated and authentic.She Sings For Her Ex Boyfriend And Makes Judges Cry... Don't Go, Tell Me You Stay.. Don't Break My ♥
She doesn't have kids, and she is a very intentional, quality friend. She wrote me a note about a friendship that ended after her very close friend had a baby. Here's part of what she shared with me posted with her permission: I made a concerted effort to go visit her so that she didn't have to leave her house with her daughter, a stroller, diapers, etc. Even after multiple trips to her house, I still felt something was off. I don't even know how to give advice on that, other than to go to Google.
After a few different instances, I just realized that things that were, at one time, important to US, were now only important to me. She had her daughter and her new family dynamic and nothing else mattered anymore.
I know that I'd likely feel the same way: But I also felt that I was mourning a friend and a friendship at the same time. I have to tell you I consider myself pretty independent and non-needy, but for some reason, this really bothered me.
Still living with your parents at 30? Get a life
I think it's because it's happened with more than one friend and no one really talks about it, you know? Dear Marissa and other single friends who have been abandoned, Here's the ugly truth: I was Janie, the Mother of Sullivan. An enormous privilege and an overwhelming responsibility. And that meant I sucked at everything else. My own sense of self. This normally-so-organized-and-in-control-of-everything woman was now so wound up with the brand-new, blindingly-amazing, dizzingly-daunting task of taking care of the round-the-clock needs of my newborn that, sometimes, I forgot to breathe.
The newborn who I made certain to feed before we left the house for the grocery store The newborn who wore brand-new outfits for at least the first four weeks The newborn who demanded so much attention that I could tell you when he fed, slept and pooed last That shift was the main problem for Ahava Trivedi, a mom in Toronto.
She has embraced attachment parenting, a style that came naturally to her, as her Indian-born mother raised her the same way. But new parents will only find their groove by spending time with their infants and making a few mistakes, and grandparents have to give them the room to do so. This could mean Nana needs to bite her tongue and only offer advice when directly asked, or it could mean setting clear rules that limit visits with relatives to only a few hours a day, or no more than once a week.
Differing diet and discipline choices also cause rifts. And a lot of grandfathers are very enthusiastic to participate, because they feel they missed out as dads the first time around. And yet the classes are very popular and my students are receptive.
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Our choices to parent differently than our moms and dads did may also be seen as an implied criticism of their approach when we were kids.
Jennifer Kolari, a child and family therapist and the author of Connected Parenting, says she sees two types of battles—one where, for example, the grandparents want to give the kids sugar and let them stay up watching TV until they pass out, and the other where the grandparents want to set stricter limits than what the parents are comfortable with.
Surprisingly, she says the second scenario is more common. Often, she says, the grandparents are on to something: