Thank you for Sara Foss’ June 5 column. It brought attention to a situation — adult children living with their parents. This could use a little more compassion and understanding in people’s reactions. Sara’s column serves to increase these two virtues.
One thing that may have played some part in the increase in the percentage of adult children living with their parents that Sara noted is the effect of the hippie and Jesus-freak movements on today’s parents. The hippie movement encouraged people to love one another; Jesus gave them the power to do so. Loving your adult children makes it easy on you when they live with you. You see you and your children as one entity, so anything that saves them money, such as moving in with you to drastically reduce their rental expenses, saves you money.
The effect of this seems to have started in the 1980s, when the percentage of those aged 25 to 34 living with their parents increased from 8.68 percent in 1980 to 10.64 percent in 1983. This percentage has continued to increase, reaching 13.63 percent in 2012 and 16.07 percent in 2017. (See https://www.census.gov/data/
If you are troubled by the concept of adults living with their parents, then please ask yourself: “Do parents stop loving their children once those children turn 25?”