Home is where the heart is until your parents kick you out

I might be alone in this view or it might be that I was raised in a culture that is very family oriented. In either case, it annoys me when I hear people say they can’t wait until their kids turn 18 because they want them to move out. I’m always left wondering why they had kids in the first place. Just get rid of them now. Put them up for adoption. Why do you feel like you’re missing something by having kids? I guess after a few years they aren’t such a blessing anymore. Ooh, I’ve probably pinched a few nerves there.

I understand the principal though. You don’t want your kids living with you forever. I get that. You want them to be self-sufficient adults. I get that too. But what I don’t get is why they get charged rent after a certain point of living there. Shouldn’t home be considered a safe haven? The reason why they didn’t leave in the first place was because they didn’t have the resources necessary but now they’re obligated to their parents. I don’t see how this contributes positively to the family atmosphere.

Growing up in California’s central valley with loving nurturing parents, I feel lucky that I can go home when I want to. They won’t ask questions, won’t demand rent, and it’ll be like I never left. Staying behind the Orange Curtain is a personal preference, not one that was forced upon me. However I know of cases where kids are forced to find places to live because their parents want to move on with their lives and continue life as it was before they had kids. Those stories just baffle me. Maybe there’s just something I’m not seeing. Enlighten me. Why have kids if one day you just want them gone from home and if they do return you’re going to demand rent? I just don’t get it.

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