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I was on my own at age 19. My parents were divorced and there was no money to send me off to college. I went to the local community college and moved into an an older farmhouse with friends and later worked to put myself through a small private college. My husband put himself through U C Berkeley and lived off campus with roommates. It was a fabulously fun time (1970s) to be a student living on one's own.
Fast forward, we have a 23-year-old son who attended a few community college classes, and then decided college was not for him. While pleasant and bright, he struggled to find an entry level job in the current economic climate. He seemed to flounder. We couldn't understand the lack of motivation. Many of our friends have found the same situation - their kids are quite happy to continue to live at home. Our son finally took himself off to Job Corps, recognizing that time was passing and he needed to get moving on marketable job skills.
On the other hand other cultures live quite happily with adult children continuing to live in the same home as the parents. It just puzzles me as I could not wait to get out on my own.
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