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Everyone would like to be seen as competent and successful. When I was young many more jobs abounded, all available to me were of the waiter, dishwasher, delivery-boy sort; these jobs today are neither as available nor desirable. In addition, our children are told incessantly and continually that the only path to success is through college. College is much less subsidized than ever before, and truth be known, lead to much fewer decent jobs in chosen fields than ever before.
Children who are loved at home can have a decent place to live with freedom to explore the outside world with a comfortable place to retreat to at the "end of the day." Imagine, if you will, not having to struggle with a poorly paying job to supplement student loans and being to rest between periods of intense study: pretty good huh? The least a middle class family (a vanishing group I am told) can do is to provide a launching pad for their progeny, while still exposing them to love and advice when necessary.
In sociology class I was told that continuing in education was a means by which society can remove people from the job market during a time of reduced available jobs. As long as one can account for one's occupation over this time (not in prison or fully addicted to drugs), then it makes little difference to society as a whole. Having unstressed citizens working toward careers of choice instead of struggling with poverty and loneliness, I believe, is a good way to grow up, be it at home or away, coming or going. These people you speak of are, after all, our family and our children.
Staying at home, by the way, is not an issue in places as far flung as Ireland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and so on and on (these being places known to my personal experience). Where are we going in such a hurry anyhow. To be stuck in endless traffic jams getting to inappropriate occupations, living with stress and regret, or pursuing a life of choice in a focused and purposeful way.
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