Baby Boomer moms support grown kids?
Baby Boom-generation mothers support their adult children financially and when they encounter problems.
This trend contrasted with the 86% of those 46 to 65-year-old women surveyed who said they were fully independent of their own parents by age 25.
"We wanted to get the hell out as soon as possible," said Liz Kitchens, a partner in The Kitchens Group, a public opinion research firm in Orlando, Florida, that conducted the survey.
The company conducted the national online survey of 441 women.
Eighty percent of the women said it was "very accurate" to describe themselves as reliable and dependable, a much stronger response than other self-described characteristics, including "spontaneous and flexible," or "playful and fun" received.
Of women with children over age 18, 9% said they had adult children living back home for indefinite periods. Twelve percent were primarily responsible for their adult child
or children's financial well-being and 31% said they had children who returned home, relied on them but expected to become independent
Kitchens, who is writing a book about "Lady Boomers," said in an interview that her survey and research suggest a shift in attitude not solely due to the current state of the economy.
Boomer moms, the first generation of women born amid the "baby boom" after the end of World War II, came of age amid the 1960's culture revolutions in the United States when protests over civil rights, feminism and the Vietnam War flourished.
Kitchens said many boomer moms enjoyed stimulating careers and had wrestled with guilt over leaving their children for work
. She said mothers had perhaps indulged their kids in ways that made them happy to move back.Would you continue to support your adult children financially?