Boomerang Kids: How to Avoid Being One

07Jul11

It’s a term that we are all-too familiar with these days: Boomerang Kids. These are the kids that go to college and, before they even receive their final year marks, they are living back at home with Mom and Dad. These are the kids who leave the nest…but for only a couple of years. These are the kids who are a new breed; no other generation has seen the like.

So, how do you know if you are one? How do you prevent yourself or someone you care about from becoming one? And, now that you are one, what do you do about it?? (Assuming, of course, that you don’t want to live with your spouse and children in your old bedroom…you know, the one with the twin bed and Star Wars wallpaper?)

Photo Credit: starwars.com

Not only do you have the wallpaper, but you also have the bedsheets...c'mon...don't lie. (Photo Credit: starwars.com - Best. Website. Ever.)

Well, you know that you’re a Boomerang Kid if you graduated from college/university some time ago, have (most likely) an enormous amount of student debt, and are currently sitting at your [Dad’s] desk, reading this post on your [Mom’s] laptop, and realising that you don’t have to worry about dinner being made tonight because Mom just put the chicken in the oven. That is when you know you’re a Boomerang Kid.

In order to prevent this from happening to yourself (assuming that you’re heading off to or are currently in college/university) or someone you love (but not enough to have them live with you…), all it takes is some planning and wise decision-making. If you are able to save a large amount of money for school, then by all means, do so! If you have family members who may be willing to either foot the bill or give you a loan, then take them up on it. There are so many people relying on OSAP loans that they don’t think about what they’re spending while they’re spending it. You must remember that you will have to pay all of that money back at some point…plus interest! (I wrote a post on OSAP, the interest rates, etc. a little while back; feel free to read through it for more information).

No matter how far away this thing goes, it always comes right back. Word to the wise: don't be like this thing.

Make sure to enroll in schools that have programmes that you are interested in, yes, but they must also prepare you enough to actually get a job, too. There are many wonderful college/university courses available at several schools that are interesting (to some), but they don’t necessarily give you the right tools to enter the workforce once you’ve completed them (like these useless college courses). Look at the courses that a school is offering to ensure that once you complete the programme, you are prepared to get a job, and are, therefore, making enough money to support yourself (look forย  jobs like Engineering or Computer Studies, etc.). Also try to enroll in programmes that are intensive in nature so that you can accelerate your graduation. That way, you will have far less debt due to student loans or living expenses.

So, if you realise that you are a Boomerang Kid and aren’t sure what to do about it, don’t fret; you’re not alone. This Canadian study done in 2006 states that as much as 39% of young people aged 20-24 still lived at home with their parents within the city of Toronto. If you fall into that category, you must just be wise with your money, save as much as possible, and pay off your student debt as quickly as possible, perhaps through accelerated payments or lump sum payments.

If you are just a young student about to enter college or still have a year or so left, do whatever you can to avoid being a Boomerang Kid. After all, you don’t want to live with Star Wars bedsheets and matching jammies forever, do you?

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12 Responses to “Boomerang Kids: How to Avoid Being One”

  1. But the grilled cheese is so good! Good advice eh?

    • Yes. Great advice, Clay…great advice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. That’s so true.. very well written too! Hahaha, the useless college courses..

    Edwin

    • Thanks so much, Edwin! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. That was a great post Chris! Congratulations!

    It was really funny cause, I don’t know why, I felt identified in some of your speeches and started to smile and speaking by myself as in ” Chris has caught me! :P”. By now I guess Im not any kind of Boomerang boy. At least, I look into my bed and I do not see any Star Wars bedsheet lol, Im more of Lord of the Rings, Will Smith (Hitch!) and so on.

    Really, I decided to read it full at one go, and I learnt so much! It’s amazing to read you, you are worth of writing in an important newspaper or magasine Chris. I love the way you expose things, arguments and themes.

    Yours,
    JP

    • Well, thank you very much Javi! That’s very kind of you to say! Now, if only you could put me in touch with some editors of major magazines…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’m still in Ireland (my flight has been cancelled a few times), so I’ll be sure to drop by your blog just as soon as I’m back home. It’s quite difficult to get enough time to get online here, and sometimes it kicks me off for no apparent reason…haha.

      Anyway, thank you again for your kind words…made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 7 Anonymous

        Always glad of making your day ๐Ÿ™‚

        Dont worry about my blog. Right now Im quite busy and I use to post once a week or so ๐Ÿ˜›

        Have a nice day in ireland ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ah, the counterpart to the Helicopter Parent. You know you’re a Helicopter Parent when you’re kid is chillaxing in their new apartment rent-free cuz your hubby just paid it, and you’re bringing them hot soup, a week’s supply of stuff healthier than Ramen noodles, a stack of pamphlets covering everything from martial arts courses, to nutrition studies, to life insurance, and some nice, warm, freshly-folded Star Wars jammies.

    You really do offer great information!

    • Uh-oh…I have to make sure that my Mom doesn’t read this. She just dropped off my freshly-folded (and ironed) Star Wars jammies… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • ๐Ÿ™‚ I almost said ironed! You probably knew that…


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