December 1, 2015 Issue

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10 Responses to “December 1, 2015 Issue”

  1. Shelley Says:

    So true! I couldn’t wait to leave home and have pretty much supported myself since I was 18. My parents made me pay for my own automobile and gas, clothing and entertainment, but still required me to help around the house and I had a curfew. Maybe if they had paid for everything and gave me no boundaries like parents do today, I might have considered staying longer. I guess they were on to something. 🙂

  2. Rosemary Havey Says:

    Bravo! Well stated.

  3. Janene Koppit Says:

    Glenn, please run for president! Our country needs you!

  4. lyn lyons Says:

    Thank you for an unvarnished reality. and especially for the p.s.! I’m ashamed that our generation has created so many entitlement minded creatures. I get wanting our kids to have a better life but expecting them to have a job and support themselves is NOT hardship, for heaven’s sake.

  5. Terry McCann Says:

    Glenn, It’s not living with the parents that’s necessarily the problem because in Ireland where I’m from it was traditional for young adults to continue to live with their parents until they got married. I started working at 16 years of age as a typist as my folks could not afford to send me to college. Instead I was the one who paid them with most of my meagre salary and happy to do so. My husband on the other hand – also living with his parents – started working nights at a cinema in Dublin city at 13 years of age! He did paper rounds, helped the milkman deliver milk, anything to bring in some money to help his parents as his father had lost a leg after being mustard gassed in the war.
    We have come a long way since that time – thankfully! Not sure if it’s the same now in Ireland as we live in California. But I do take your point about the lack of independence in todays youth. After a friends son graduated she’s still paying for his apartment/food/plus gas money while he ‘finds himself’ in his career?

  6. Becky Says:

    I raised my four children to be independent at an early age and for a few of them they felt it was not fair to be held responsible at an early age. And now I am still helping one of those who felt it was not fair. I was not able to afford to pay for their cell phone bills and did not feel they were an item of necessity. Now I do not apply the same standard to my grandchildren, but I give them a chance to prove their responsibility and if they prove to be acting entitled I drop the assistance. Becoming familiar with the real world expectations begins at an early age and I believe it builds their maturity.

  7. Scott Says:

    I must consider myself (and my son) as quite lucky. My son has been working since the very day he turned 15 years of age. He and I would often stop at a small breakfast/lunch diner while on our way to his school or my office. The owners were so impressed with his friendliness and good manners (even when I had to leave him alone with a friend or two), that they asked me if they could speak with him about making a job offer. My son was just 14 years old at the time, but the day he turned 15, we went out together for breakfast, and he got the job offer.

    He’s been working ever since, and is now 20 years old. He moved out of the house and moved to another city upon making it to 18, absent his mother’s and my blessings, as he had 2 weeks before high school graduation. His mother and I both so overjoyed that he took it upon himself to drive back and forth each day from one city to the next (260 miles round trip) so he earn his diploma, as opposed to a GED.

    While he hasn’t always made some of the wisest choices, he has always followed through with making them work, no matter what it has taken to do so. I realize that I’ve gone on-n-on about my son’s integrity, but I cannot help feeling so very blessed with him being my son. Thank-you God for all that you’ve done.

  8. Kelly Says:

    My personal perspective: I believe that your scenario can be true in many cases; however, there are others that are being responsible ADULTS with their choices.

    Our 28 year old son lives at home with us, has a lucrative full time job, pays his bills (car, insurance, etc), pays room & board to us, is saving for a home down payment AND pays approximately $1000. per month toward getting his Bachelor degree student loans paid off. He doesn’t want to be a bankrupt statistic – he accepts responsibility for his debts.

    Yes, we know student loan interest rates are outrageous and should be a last resort; however, for the average working middle class Americans, it is reality. And, we believe, it’s not a bad thing for kids to pay for their own college education – at least for our children, it has made them work harder to earn the degree and accept responsibility for getting the loans paid off.

    As a side note: If anyone sends you a nasty reply (or me for that matter), perhaps they should take a step back and try to appreciate that there can be two sides to every story and we shouldn’t pass judgment on those in situations we know nothing about.

  9. J in KY. Says:

    you hit the nail on the head.The P.S. was a truthfully hilarious bonus, still laughing!!!

  10. Ken Says:

    I met you 15 years ago, I had a Monte Blanc in the front pocket of my jeans, it was hardly visible. Your first words to me were “don’t lose that Monet Blanc” 15 years later and I finally get it.

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