Friday, January 29, 2010
I was watching CBS this Morning and they had an article on this. It shocked me as I thought I was in the minority. maybe I am just old-fashioned. When I graduated high school, a person did one of three things. They joined the military, they went to college or they moved out on their own and went to work. It was seldom that you stayed at home. There was always that threat, "when I turn 18 I am out of here" heard everywhere. Now it is a statistic that young people are living at home, not working and being pampered by their family. That is not to say that all young people that live at home are not working and trying to save for their futures. I know that may have to do that our of necessity.
I believe that is says a great deal about the way of life in the US. I know in many European countries this has been the norm for decades. I feel that we need to help our young people learn how to become an adult and to survive. Did this all come about because of the technical revolution? Young people used to have to help with chores, chopping and hauling wood, cutting grass, painting houses, all those things that have been taken away with condos and maintenance free communities. This is just a small example. It also has come with video games and lack of outdoor activities. How can we help our future generations love to be active, enjoy socializing and finding productivity enjoyable? I know I am going to try to set an example for my grandchildren and maybe the next generation will move out happier, healthier and wiser.