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Weekly Reader 1.25.10

 You’re under arrest for not leaving home

 In the U.S. we call them “boomerang kids.”  In Italy, the term is bamboccioni or “big babies”  for the 59 percent of adult children aged 18-34 who live at home.

Now an Italian official wants to push the bamboccioni out of the nest and proposed a new law to require children to move out by age 18. He was spurred by a recent court decision that ordered a father to pay an allowance to his 32-year-old stay-at-home daughter.

Renato Brunetta, minister of public administration, told The Independent

 “We need this debate. In a sense I’m being provocative. However, all these young people think they’re living in a free hotel, and actually there’s a price they pay. It allows their parents to keep control of them, emotionally, socially and financially – and deny them their freedom and the chance to mature.”

 In “Italians Slow to Leave the Nest” the BBC did a piece on Giuseppe who has  “failed to launch” because mom dotes on him. Considering all his mom does–from making his bed to his favorite meals–there’s no reason for him to leave.  His home is indeed like a nice hotel!

Life is Harder for Gen Y

Columnist Bruce Sallan plans to move from LA  to Vancouver once his kids graduate high school, based on the assumption that  his sons will no longer need him on a daily basis. But as he talks to friends with adult children who have moved back  home he wonders if his expectations are rooted in the past, not the reality of the present economic landscape. He writes in “We’re Giving Our Kids a Worse and Harder World”:

 So, I fear and believe it is a harder world for our children. And, I regret and feel bad that they will be facing these higher hurdles and scarier times. I wish it were different. And, frankly, I feel sort of impotent in helping to change this situation.


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