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Many complain that young people are not getting the basic life skills so needed to survive in the world. Parents and schools no longer teach skills like cooking, laundry, budgeting, or car repair as in times past.
At the same time, our culture encourages young people to extend their adolescence well into their twenties. They postpone future responsibilities indefinitely as seen in a third of young adults between 18 and 34 that now rely upon their parents for room, board or financial support.
Result - Surge - People - Adults - Act
The result is a surge of young people ill-prepared to by adults. Indeed, the act of young people doing adult-like things has given rise to the new verb “to adult.” Making a bed in the morning is an exercise in adulting as would be arriving on time for work.
Marketers would be amiss if they did not take notice of an opportunity. Hence, adulting classes have sprung up all over the country.
Adulting - Collective - Portland - Maine - Example
The Adulting Collective of Portland, Maine, for example, offers a wide variety of classes which include bicycle safety, gift-giving, budgeting, and nutritional planning. Other courses can be found at the Brooklyn Brainery or the online Society of Grownups. The target demographic is that 93 million strong sector of people in their twenties and early thirties that missed out on the art of taking care of themselves that was once learned in the home and school.
As one who has worked with and taught young people, I think we need to be careful about writing them all off as melting snowflakes or incurable cell phone addicts. Not all millennials are equally in need of adulting. Some have developed good work ethics and practical skills from heroic parents.
Help - Generation - Something - Consequence - Defects
However, many still need help. What I see in the young generation is not something new, but a logical consequence of defects from prior generations,...
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