Percentage of Young Americans Living With Parents Rises to 75-Year High
For the last 10 years, the number of Millennials living at home or with other relatives has risen to nearly 40 per cent; the highest in seven decades. The only other time in American history this has happened is in the 1940’s, when the economy was recovering from the Great Depression and again in 2008 for a short time before the Great Recession. Some blame it on millennials, the government, economics, delaying marriage, society shifts and even others on their parents. I have a very different opinion.
As I watch TV and movies, some of the best are films around these times. Maybe the producers have memories they want to share also. And maybe, Millennials are not just trying to save some money, but hanging on to their family experiences as long as possible. There is nothing in the world more precious than the reminiscences of times with families and friends. I value them still today and wish I could experience them one more time.
When I was a young boy, I lived with my great grandfather for a few years. At the age of twelve he ran away from home to become a cowboy out west. At sixteen, he became a deputy of Wyatt Earp. He had some incredible stories which he shared liberally. Living with him and other uncles and aunts, I had the privilege of hearing history of our family over and over again. At family reunions, I’m frequently requested to share those yarns. I look back on those times as some of the best days of my life and I have discovered that millennials love to hear them also.
Recently, our grandson came to live with us. The end of his time with us ended abruptly with a serious auto accident. But whenever we get together he ALWAYS brings up some of those fond remembrances; we have big belly laughs as we live them again.
I find there is no better way to bridge the gap between the older and younger generations than a good story. So, what’s your story? Take a risk and try sharing them with someone else. You may get a big surprise and a joy in sharing them!