Today's parents aren't like the men and women who raised them. Case in point: a disturbing survey out today says that there are parents who are now accompanying their adult children on job interviews. Another poll, equally frightening, provides proof that parents have begun to abandon the cherished bedtime story.
"A 2012 survey of more than 500 college graduates by Adecco, a human-resources organization, found that 8% of them had a parent accompany them to a job interview, and 3% had the parent sit in on the interview," reads the key line from a highly distrubing Wall Street Journal trend piece today.
So that's 15 kids out of 500, three out of every one hundred adults (who are generally old enough to be considered legal adults) if extrapolated, that thought it okay to have a parent sit in on an interview. And those parents (generally grown-up adults) thought that accompanying their adult children to their big-boy and big-girl job interviews was okay too.
This is troubling.
The insanity of this trend aside, the subtext here is that parents may be too attached to their dear offspring. Moreover, this falls in line with other pieces in a similar vein The Journal has published, like the one about moms who text their kids at work, or the one about moms who cyberstalk their kids at summer camp.
But just when you were starting to think that parents are too involved, a poll of 2,000 mothers from English retailer Littlewoods released today showed that only 64 percent of parents with kids under seven read to them, and only 21 percent read to their kids every night.
This is really, really troubling.
Blame the iPad and busy schedules and whatnot, but that survey also found that 91 percent of those parents surveyed (including the 37 percent who don't read to them at all) were read to every night. Those numbers match up with a study in Australia from earlier this summer. And they closely resemble a survey in the U.S. conducted by Reading is Fundamental this past June that found that only 33 percent of parents read to their children every night.
Clearly, the solution to make everyone happy is to read your adult children bedtime stories after work.
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