Your nest or mine, babbo?

Using a range of data, Charles Dawson ponders the growing trend for offspring to stay in the parental home when they are over 20, and the counter-tendency of the increasing number of young single-person households.

Your nest or mine, babbo?

Charles Dawson

Parents of twenty-to-thirtysomethings are worried about their kids. Specifically, they are worried that they are never going to leave the family home. Whose nest is it, anyway? Mum and dad's? Or the 'come-back kid's'?

Ah, the joys of parenthood! The poor old dears have put behind them the mess, noise, turbulence and confrontations of having their teenage children at home. Now, all over Europe, the same mothers and fathers are reaching their fifties or sixties. However, ask them if the advancing years have brought them the quiet joys of being 'empty-nesters' and they...

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