Check out this blog post: Because You're a Moron:
Alright, so, to make this a shorter post... read that post, then check my comment:
I am 22, I moved out on my own when I was 17. I graduated high school with honors, while holding a full time job, and taking advanced placement classes. I think I may have dodged a generational bullet. I think this post is spot on! AND I see several of your examples in my friends and families lives... and I just sit back, and in the back of my mind, I think, "give her a year, and then see how bitchy she gets..." When I was a kid, I paid half of my families bills, I made stuff and I sold stuff, I started working when I was 12, I had my own tv, and my own dvd player, that I bought. I was given a PS1 with a car compatible screen as a gift for my b'day when I was accepted into advanced placement high school classes, before I even began high school. When I turned 17, I bought my own car, paid for my own license, and made the repairs on that car when it broke down... it was a 1990 Ford Escort Pony, 2 door, FWD. Held together with duct tape, bungie cords, tin foil, rubber bands and 3 yards of hemp string. I made it through school, started college (all on academic scholarships and loans taken out in my name.) then got married and am graduating college with a degree this next spring, all before having any kids. I may be $70,000 in debt, but it's my debt, not my parents.
Now don't get me wrong, I love my parents, and I love everything they did for me, but the best thing they could have done for me, was to make me fend for myself, guide me along the way, loan me a few bucks here or there to get me through, and demand that I pay them back. I am tired of the bullshit of kids being handed everything silver platter! Oiy!