November 25th, 2010

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Thursday, November 25th, 2010 04:57 pm
Boomerang kids...

Read that one a couple of months ago. It refers to grown children (or children who *look* grown) returning to the parental home for one reason or another.

Sometimes with kids of their own.

The article gave all sorts of tips and tricks about how to prevent the phenomenon, and "tough love" was mentioned.

At the time, I remember smiling and shaking my head as I read it.

Because boomerang kids is as 21st century as empty nest syndrome was 20th century.

Before about 1940, you didn't hear either one. Our collective history has been built on multi-generational families living under one roof, or very close in geographic proximity in a family compound of sorts.

And it worked.

Grandma and/or Grandpa stayed in their own home, as did each generation after them. You left feet first in a pine box.

So I don't think anyone needs to go beating up on themselves, or their boomerang kids, too awfully much.

Funny how the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Kind of like that butter/margarine argument. I believe we've come full circle on that one, too, haven't we?