For years, I've been saying that, "As a youth pastor, I don't mind it when a 16 year-old acts 16, what I have great trouble with is when her parent does."
Well, now I can add to the list of youth ministry angst, the growing trend in America that allows a teenager to extend their development and graduation out of the "kid" world and into the "adult world" well into their late twenties and early thirties. I'm so done with allowing a 25 year-old man to sit around, live at home, play video games, and take a few classes while working part-time at the mall and calling this normal or good. It's ridiculous and evidently, rampant. Articles like this one in the New York Times last week site multiple examples of what is being waited on as evidence of delayed adulthood:
- lack of jobs that send a percentage home to live with parents post graduation.
- extended college degrees and career confusion
- delayed marriage and 2/3rds choosing to live together instead of get married for several years
- delayed childbearing/raising
- lack of responsibility, etc