This is the kind of stuff we talk about in Mile Marker discussions. For parents, it’s so helpful to see how vastly different the adolescent experience is for their kids in duration and experience. For youth workers, it helps us understand that ministry to adolescents may not be “over” when they graduate high school—or even when they graduate from college. They may not need us to plan outlandish, crazy games, or take them to summer camp. But, they do need adults who are a season or two ahead of them in their lives to look to for guidance, encouragement, mentoring and practical resources (like teaching money management).
Baby boomers have long been considered the generation that did not want to grow up, perpetual adolescents even as they become eligible for Social Security. Now, a growing body of research shows that the real Peter Pans are not the boomers, but the generations that have followed. For many, by choice or circumstance, independence no longer begins at 21…read more