I used to think I was the “KING of Rationalization”. No matter the scenario, I could build a strong case for my position. But it looks like I lost my title. The author of the Adult Children Living at Home – 5 Reasons to Live with your Parents Longer takes my crown without half trying. I’ve never read a more justified self-centered argument for “ME”, “ME FIRST” and “MINE”.
First, let me say that I’m not addressing religious or culture customs. I have a long standing Muslim friend, Sam, (Hi Sam) who lives at home, has her degree and is working on her Masters – without any student loan debt. In her culture, she will stay at home until she weds. No problem from me on that.
What I read in the blog is a selfish attitude of entitlement. “My life (could substitute money) is more important than yours, so YOU do without, while I live my dream. I just need someone to take care of me, until my spouse does”. Trying to justify this attitude, takes more rationalization that the 5 Reasons stated.
Reason Number 6: “I plan to bring my spouse home for a few years, while we build our fortune, go on fantastic vacations, drive expensive sport cars, and live our life to the fullest. How could we possibly live “our dream” if we were tied down with all that mundane stuff? Can you imagine the cost of having to furnish a house – especially when Pop already has a 54” TV. All you have to do is grab the remote control. And he usually leaves the room, shaking his head, when the News goes off and our shows come on”.
Reason Number 7: “We need to be here when the babies come along. Worrying about a furnace going out (let Mom fix it) at 2 A.M. is nothing like a baby cutting teeth, or crying with an earache and not being able to tell you why. Or even changing diapers – Uggh! Good thing Mom is nearby. And a little later when they are in school, they need to do their homework every night at the dining room table – Who’s got time for that? MaMa has nothing but time and we know she’s good at raising kids”.
Reason Number 8: We need to stay home because there’s no money saved for our inheritance. These jerks have spent every dime they ever had and what do they have to show for it? Nothing!
May be a little extreme, but that’s what I read in your logic.