Hi Maureen, I am sorry that I have lost as you as a reader. I am sorry this article upset you that much. The reason why I wrote the sentence you highlighted is because of the constant evolution of parenting.
“15 percent of 25- to 35-year-old millennials were living in their parents’ home in 2016, a much larger share than members of Generation X, born 1965 to 1979 (10 percent), and the Silent Generation, born 1925 to 1945 (8 percent), at the same age.”
Along with living at home, other supports provided now were not ‘normal’ in decades prior. I am not trying to say that wealthy parents did not give a lot to their children in the past, but now, what is available to give, has grown.
Of course every parent has the choice, wealthy or not, as to how to raise their children. My parents were wealthy, they had five children and we were all raised very differently, depending on the decade we were born in and how our parents instilled values in us, because they were not cookie cutter parents.
The generation conversation more has to do with the growing list of what it means to be a ‘good parent’ now versus in the past. A mother now would be deemed a monster, if her kid road a bike without a helmet, but not thirty years ago. Living at home, as an adult, would have been very odd, in the past, but very much more socially acceptable now. Social media, education on mental health, societal pressures, these and many other factors are constantly changing the framework for what constitutes a good parent, or person even.
Have a great day, I am not sure if I was clear in my response, but I am not trying to defend my angle. The piece I wrote was not meant to make everyone agree, it was to generate a conversation, which it has, so I guess I met my goal.