Wednesday 22 January 2014

25% of parents desperately disappointed in their adult children


25% of young adults living with parents

25% of UK parents are struggling to conceal their disappointment in their adult children, according to new figures released yesterday.

A new report has shown that 25% of adults between 20 and 34 are now living at home with their terribly disappointed parents, a significant rise over the figures from ten years ago.

With resentment amongst aging parents rising at unprecedented levels, many of those left still supporting older home-livers have spoken of the need for creative solutions to get these grown adults out of their homes.

Simon Williams, a 58-year-old accountant and father of one told us, “Mrs Smith next door has a 27 year-old son who lives in London, whilst we’ve got Dave, who is now 25 and stills lives in the room where he lost his first tooth.”

“It’s an embarrassment. We’ve started telling people he’s ‘ill’ – it’s easier than explaining he’s just a massive, massive disappointment to us.”

“Look, I’m not asking for him to be a doctor or a lawyer – just someone who doesn’t still eat coco pops for breakfast and still needs his mother to do his laundry.”

“I mean, where did we go wrong? We had a 75% chance of having a child out there in the world making their way, yet ours is sat in the lounge right now finishing a packet of Jaffa cakes and watching old re-runs of Doctor Who on television.”

Adults living at home

Those living at home said that being a disappointment to their parents was something they could happily live with when they looked at their bank balance each month.

Williams’ son James told us, “Well, when the option is between giving a slumlord £500 a month for a box room in a shared house where I spending my evenings arguing with about who turned the heating up one degree, or free Jaffa cake and Mum’s cooking – it’s really no choice at all.”

“Plus they’ll probably be dead soon and I’ll be able to redecorate.”

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