Boomerang Boy: New Syndrome Defined––Grown-up Kids Who Won’t Leave Home

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“In many countries, the phenomenon is so widespread that new terms have developed to describe it: bamboccioni [literally, big babies] in Italy, “hotel mama” in Germany, boomerang children in Australia, parasaito shinguru [single parasite] in Japan. These young men and women don’t leave home and don’t get married, because they only want to buy brand names and enjoy themselves and to live, as an ideology, at their parents’ expense. It’s nothing less than a pandemic.” https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-new-syndrome-grown-up-kids-who-stay-home-1.5336944

Boomerang Boy

If more interest charges he wishes to defray,
he needs to find a paying job without further delay.
He should at once take heed of my excellent advice
and give up on his former full-time job of shooting dice.

He might become a rose vendor, a troubadour or chef
or become the famous author of a roman a clef.
if only he would get a job, his parents would rejoice,
but, alas, sheer laziness is his career of choice,

The prompts today were rose, delay  and sacrifice.

17 thoughts on “Boomerang Boy: New Syndrome Defined––Grown-up Kids Who Won’t Leave Home

  1. koolkosherkitchen

    I am quite familiar with the phenomena. Sadly, it is the result of upbringing. Those parents should exercise tough love. They are not immortal, so what would these overgrown good-for-nothings do, when there are no parents to exploit?

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  2. slmret

    I think a lot of this comes from the actions of the “helicopter parents,” who wouldn’t let their kids fail, or even have a tough time. It’s not easy to grow up and leave home, and if everything has been made super easy by doting parents, they don’t know how to get through the rough times of getting started. Everybody is doomed — the parents because the kids won’t leave home, and the kids because they don’t know how!

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong

    Sometimes kids have problems … like having the company they expected to be working for go bankrupt … and other catastrophes. So what do you do? Send them to the street? Of course not. And eventually, they do find their way out again. I may take time, but it happens.

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