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It's a Matter of Parenting: The Twixters
GOPUSA ^ | January 18, 2005 | Kay R. Daly

Posted on 01/18/2005 5:08:26 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

During this week's inaugural celebration, it is possible to bask in the warm glow of Republicans, pleased with their victory and determined to push the agenda forward in the second Bush term. There is much work to be done. In fact, there some arenas, in which liberals have made tremendous strides without Republicans taking too much notice.

This week's Time magazine cover story (website), for instance, chronicles the rise of "the Twixters", a new sociological category to describe those 18 to 29 year olds who are essentially putting off the responsibility of adulthood. It is not simply that these young people are not getting married anymore at age 21 and having children at age 22. They are taking far more time to complete college and even if they do complete undergraduate or even graduate degrees, they hang out at Mom and Dad's house for years while sampling a variety of jobs.

Because most of the essentials such as food, rent, electricity, etc. are paid for by the parents, these kids use their limited income for discretionary spending. A flat screen television, it seems, takes priority over getting an apartment and growing up. Besides, I'll bet Mom does a great load of laundry and makes a mean lasagna.

Apparently years of instant gratification, whether through the endless barrage of video games or parents wracked by guilt over divorce or time-consuming careers, has now taken its toll on this generation of children in more ways than one. And while conservatives weren't watching, the liberals have almost completely dominated child-rearing philosophies today. Many conservative parents who can beautifully articulate the most intricate conservative philosophy are almost completely blind to the liberal claptrap that has infected their child-rearing practices. Both parents and their children are paying quite a price for it now.

For example, according to the Time magazine piece, there are twice as many young people 18-29 living at home than in the 1970s. About 23% polled say they were 24 years old or older when they finished college. One-quarter of those polled have lived in more than three places in the past five years and close to half claim to have had two, three or even six or more jobs in the past three years.

Reading the "Time" article, all kinds of external excuses are given for the Twixter's Peter Pan syndrome. From an unfriendly job market, to declining wages for devalued college degrees, to massive college debt, it is a cold, cruel world for these poor put-upon souls.

There are actually some interesting suggestions as a post-script article to the main piece, such as stop indulging the little darlings and actually talk with your children about the future and their career aspirations beyond permanent college student status. But then the suggestions return to the standard liberal notion that "tough love" generally won't work and may harm their delicate psyches.

Wrong answer, try again.

It is way past time for these parents to grow up themselves and take control of their own households. As my mother used to say, "So long as your boots are under my table, you will live under my rules." Some of these children are calling the shots at home and so there won't be a fuss, the parents foolishly acquiesce. This starts, by the way, from the time a parent holds their newborn child until the parents are lowered into their graves. Every whim, every temper tantrum, every tiny desire is indulged, smoothed over and soothed to the point that children have absolutely no coping skills for the trials of life whatsoever.

Even the simplest rules make all the difference in the world. Here are some examples:

These are but a few of the smallest suggestions that could make all the difference in the world in later years. Encouraging responsibility, independence, civility, ambition and a strong sense of values is critical. Young people today seem to be more interested in where the next party is rather than where the next paycheck is coming from.

With parents having children later in life, it is more important than ever that the next generation is raised prepared to take care of their parents. Having children later may have its benefits, but it also means that the parents are not going to be around as long.

The great irony is that kids today should be raised with more of a sense of responsibility rather than less. Merely enduring the death of one's parents requires maturity, much less managing the myriad of financial and legal details that invariably follows. To read the self-indulgent quotes that litter the Time article, it is doubtful that much has been required of these young people in their time on Earth.

There was a time when nearly every male teenager in America went half a world away to fight a world war. Mind you, they had just lived through the Great Depression as well. And usually, they left a fiancé or a new bride at home. No email. No phone calls. Maybe a few letters home several months after they have been penned.

Rather than letting adversity defeat them, it seemed to build character instead. Listening to most teenagers today, it becomes readily apparent that their idea of adversity is owning a cell phone without text messaging.

A word to the wise here. Just about 95% of what is published online and in books on raising children is alarmingly liberal. It is certainly convenient and helpful to the parents and it sounds imminently reasonable. But most of the so-called advice establishes patterns and habits that are nearly unbreakable by the time the worst damage manifests itself in the teenage years.

Instead, curl up with a good book by Dr. James Dobson (web site) for a rare conservative approach to parenting.

Why is this all of this important? Because for all of the high-minded public policy wrangling that goes on, many concerns about the future could be alleviated if only our children could survive the prosperity we lavish upon them. And if that doesn't convince you then just remember that it is your little darlings who will pick out your nursing home for you in your old age. That should keep you awake at night if nothing else does.

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Note -- The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of GOPUSA.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: children; lazy; nintendo; parenting; realadversity; selfish; spoiled; twixters
The best thing my mother did for me was to kick my lazy butt out of her home six-and-a-half years ago. I would recommend such action for those parents who have grown-up children living in their basements. Tell them to get out, find a full-time job, and take some responsibility for themselves!

Besides, what self-respecting woman would want to date some loser who makes a career out of living in his mother's basement when he can damn well make it on his own???

1 posted on 01/18/2005 5:08:30 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; alisasny; AnnaSASsyFR; Angelwood; aristeides; Askel5; basil; bayliving; ..

Thank Heaven FReepers aren't like that!


2 posted on 01/18/2005 5:10:24 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Deport 'em all; let Fox sort 'em out!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I left home at 18 and my parents were so upset that they remodeled the house. My bedroom was divided into a powder room/masterbath and a second bathroom. I was invited to visit anytime, but, had to bring my own sleeping bag. Visits tended to be short.
3 posted on 01/18/2005 5:18:01 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (We won. We don't need to be forgiving. Let the heads roll!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Besides, what self-respecting woman would want to date some loser who makes a career out of living in his mother's basement when he can damn well make it on his own???

The ones that know I could afford more for them when I had no rent to pay.

4 posted on 01/18/2005 5:18:01 PM PST by Texaggie79 (Did I just say that?)
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Besides, what self-respecting woman would want to date some loser who makes a career out of living in his mother's basement when he can damn well make it on his own???

"The ones that know I could afford more for them when I had no rent to pay."

Do you really think that you had their respect? Your "high maintenance" girlfriends were using you, dear. I dropped a guy immediately when I found out he was still living with Mom and Dad.


6 posted on 01/18/2005 5:37:44 PM PST by sportutegrl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When my youngest children were born, I was determined not to keep giving unlimited choices like I had with my older ones: Do you want Corn Flakes or Rice Krispies? Orange juice or milk? But somehow, even though I knew better, I kept giving the choices instead of just setting before them what they should eat. I knew better, but old psychology books have their way of becoming ingrained. They say you need to give choices so you direct the kids into where you want them to go. IF the choice is between two things you want them to eat (or do) then they will think they are deciding when you are. But every parent knows that after twice, the kids catch on and always demand a third, unmentioned choice. Always. Kids aren't stupid, but we parents sure don't learn.


7 posted on 01/18/2005 5:38:08 PM PST by formercalifornian (Daschle b-gone!)
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To: ftlpdx
"The job market IS unfriendly, devalued college degrees ARE commanding declining wages."

Some colleges are committing fraud by encouraging students to sign up for majors that have a diminishing career potential (most of the humanities). It doesn't matter if you have an advanced degree if there is no demand for it.

And there are too many advisors who don't clue the students in about the devastating effect of prerequisite courses. If you don't get the schedule just right, you miss the required course and bingo, you are committed for another year.

A close friend expected to teach music at the elementary level, when she was informed at the end of four years that she lacked several essential courses to qualify for her teaching certificate. She had run out of money at that point and ended up in a clerical job. Still she was lucky, because she hadn't taken on a huge student loan debt.

How do these kids pay back their debts with a minimum wage job?

8 posted on 01/18/2005 5:43:36 PM PST by Liberty Wins (Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of all who threaten it.)
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To: Liberty Wins

"How do these kids pay back their debts with a minimum wage job"?

Exactly. Parents want their kids to go to college and then expect their kids to borrow for 4 to 6 years( 60 percent of students shouldn't even be in college). Then the parents are surprised their child can't get a good paying job to pay off the debt. So they end up back at home, in debt. Parents don't take the responsibility of paying for college and their kids don't take the responsibility of growing up and moving out. Baby Boomer parents are the worst. They reap what they sow.


9 posted on 01/18/2005 6:06:14 PM PST by tbird5
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Squantos; wardaddy; Travis McGee; cyborg
Whoa....

When I just turned 23, I was a new Lieutenant in a Light Infantry unit on the Korean DMZ with no family at all: Pop had just died and mommy had run off 10 years before.

The Army was my best and only family.

My green family fed and clothed me, gave me warm blankets and occasionally a bed to sleep in. I was an only child, but now I had lots of brothers and sisters, a new daddy with an oak leaf on his hat and I could visit mamasan for a few Won. My Uncle Sugar even gave me a decent allowance!

Yeah, the chores were tough and sometimes I got angry and wanted to 'do my own thing', but I still love 'em!

12 posted on 01/18/2005 8:09:08 PM PST by Cogadh na Sith (--Scots Gaelic: 'War or Peace'--)
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To: sportutegrl

"I dropped a guy immediately when I found out he was still living with Mom and Dad."

I've always felt the real losers in this newly, stupidly named 'twixter' phenomenon were the PARENTS who put up with it. I knew far too many middle-aged moms who'd bitch about their sons or daughters living at home and driving a new car--yet they didn't do a thing about it.


13 posted on 01/18/2005 8:35:54 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: Cogadh na Sith

Well said....... My Daddy was a Proctologist and my Mommy was an Optometrists thus the reason for my shitty outlook on life.......


14 posted on 01/18/2005 9:51:23 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Motherbear
There's too many spoiled people in our society

Parents do their kids a disservice by allowing them to stay home comfortably, past 18 or 19.

If you stay home, it should suck, so that moving out is seen as a positive development. No bigscreens, no playstation 9 hrs a day, no frigging new SUV to drive around while Mom pays your insurance, home by 1100, no parties, and on and on and on.

It's one thing to stay home for a short period to "save money", quite another to make it a lifestyle choice so you can live larger than you've EARNED.

I have zero tolerance for this bs, these kids have NO IDEA how to live within their means, so their parents get to support them until they're 40???

17 posted on 01/19/2005 6:44:19 AM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Also related.

When I was a child, nearly all fantasy was directed at children - Disney movies etc. Now the serious fantasy is directed at adults.

30ish co-workers belong to all sorts of fantasy/magic online groups, carry around their Dungeons and Dragons type books, live for the release of the next Harry Potter book or movie (also Lord of the Rings) etc.

I even have a neighbor in his 70s who rhapsodizes about the latest Harry Potter book - of course he also tries to date women 40 years younger too.

Fantasy sports leagues etc.

While an argument could be made that all tv, movies, books are escapist. Most of the stuff that "adults" are into now has crossed over the line. Even the "reality" shows are anything but, yet they are addicted to those too.

This spills over into real life as one of the most addicted to reality tv people I know is still convinced that the DC area snipers were framed and it was really white supremacists etc.

Or maybe most of these fantasy devotees are really liberals?


19 posted on 01/19/2005 7:12:34 AM PST by Let's Roll (Democrats - What happens when mental illness manifests itself as a political party.)
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To: xsrdx
If you stay home, it should suck, so that moving out is seen as a positive development.

I started working at 15, and the day I brought home my first paycheck was the day I started paying 'rent'.

I know now it was really just a token amount to teach me responsibility. I also paid for my gas, insurance & car.

(DAMN I miss that '69 Mustang)

Anyway, paying for all of that, and making a whopping $1.25 an hour, I still considered myself filthy rich!

We plan on doing the same for our twin daughters, and (baring their attending college) fully expect them to be on their own by the time they turn 20.

20 posted on 01/19/2005 7:20:37 AM PST by MamaTexan ( The foundation of a Republic --- Man owes obedience to his Creator, NOT his creation)
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To: ftlpdx
There are NO advancement opportunities expected where I work for, oh, a decade or so.

1. Find a new place to work.

2. Quit whining!

21 posted on 01/19/2005 7:24:32 AM PST by CharacterCounts
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Walk the little darlings down to the local Navy recruiter and sign their butts over for four years.


22 posted on 01/19/2005 7:53:14 AM PST by Junior (FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC)
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To: Motherbear
It's what previous generations did.

No previous generation was ever saddled with the tax burden ours is. No previous generation had to support the largest generation in history.

We are going to have to stomp the old hippies and pry the torch out of their old boney claws because they won't pass it willingly.

No, I'm not a 'twixter' see my post 12 above....

23 posted on 01/19/2005 9:04:14 AM PST by Cogadh na Sith (--Scots Gaelic: 'War or Peace'--)
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To: Cogadh na Sith
"No previous generation was ever saddled with the tax burden ours is. No previous generation had to support the largest generation in history.

We are going to have to stomp the old hippies and pry the torch out of their old boney claws because they won't pass it willingly."

I am 48 years old and have a 20 year old daughter I wish you could speak to. I agree that the 60's crowd wants to do and get it all and the tax burden is nuts! Thank you for being (post 12) an excellent roll model. I am proud of you!
24 posted on 01/20/2005 1:56:21 PM PST by sierrahome ( Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?)
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