Miss Manners’ take on “boomerang kids”

A few days ago I wrote about re-thinking our assumptions regarding young adults living with mom and dad. Today I came across a column Miss Manners wrote about the attitudes of parents and children facing a return home upon completing college. Her take is that the assumption that as our kids grow, they will come to have disdain for us is damaging to the parent child relationship, resulting in an unnatural and somewhat irrational rejection of adult children by parents who do not wish to continue pouring out unrequited love – even towards their own offspring who they doted on just a few years earlier. She also notes that it is unreasonable for young people to treat their parents as roommates as this is not in keeping with how a family treats one another. I think Miss Manners is a pretty smart gal.

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