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Adulting Class: Millennials’ parents failed. Don’t repeat the mistake

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Dear millennials, your parents have failed you. (Photo via AP)

Back in December, the New York Post reported that millennials were signing up for Adulting School, which gives young adults the tools to be a full-fledged grown-up for $19.99 a month.

Adulting School gives struggling millennials the basics in finance, health & wellness, “make-it & fix-it skills”, and relationships. According to the online magazine Quartz, “80 students have pre-enrolled and 147 teachers are waiting to be vetted.”

What’s horrendous about Adulting School is how the parents of millennials whiffed on the opportunity to share these life lessons with us. Instead, they’re focused on making sure our feelings weren’t hurt and that we’d never have to work a hard day in our lives in order to protect us.

In the words of British author Simon Sinek, millennials grew up subject to failed parenting strategies in which “they were told they were special all the time.”

Giving millennials what ever they wanted simply because they wanted it gave them a sense of entitlement. That’s created a mentality for many that they don’t have to do something that takes actual effort because they can pass it off to someone else, which in many instances are their parents.

Of course, there are exceptions in many cases. Not all millennials grew up this way. Some had it harder than others.

If you’re a new parent or have children who are still relatively young (pre-teen), it’s time to remove whatever bubbles they currently reside in and let them experience the real world. It’s important to tell your children you love them and will always be there for them. However, they need space to struggle with problems on their own. Play a supporting role for them rather than an active one in which you solve the problem yourself.

While traveling to different regions around the world are beneficial for your children in terms of breaking stereotypes, the little things matter. Teaching your children how to balance a checkbook, follow a cooking or baking recipe, or even changing a flat tire gives them those trial and error lessons that can go a long way.

Millennial parents are now in the position to teach the things to their children that they were never taught by theirs. Of course, not everyone in the next generation will figure out how to ‘adult,’ but if millennials can pass these lessons on, at least we’ll ditch labels of “laziness” and “entitled” and leave a legacy of being successful parents.

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