A Texas couple who began charging their daughter rent after she opted not to attend college sparked a discussion about contemporary parenting.
Erika and Cody Archie of Gatesville have almost a million TikTok followers, where they broadcast videos of their ranch life.
Their choice to charge their 19-year-old daughter Kylee Deason $200 in rent each month split their social media following and produced a range of reactions.
Kylee graduated from high school in May 2022, and two weeks later, on June 1, she started paying rent to her parents.
Because of this decision, most of their fan base is divided on how parents should best educate kids for financial maturity.
According to the Pew Research Center, 50 percent of individuals in America aged 18 to 29 lived with one or both of their parents as of July 2022. That was roughly 44 percent in 2010, and 38 percent a decade before that, in 2000.
‘Our thought together is that since [Kylee] has graduated I told her… I been telling her, “June the first, our rent’s due if you continue to live here,”‘ said Cody, who was a little more stern than Erika.
‘I thought that was a little harsh, I mean maybe a little leeway,’ Erika added, but the two were mostly in accord.
‘200 bucks a month is plenty cheap to live like a grub in your parents’ house,’ Cody added.
‘That’s cheaper than she eats in food,’ said Erika. ‘We think it teaches them a good lesson in paying bills.’
One viewer expressed support for the couple’s choice.
Some individuals shared their childhood memories and remarked on how their parents’ actions influenced them.
Many have proposed a system in which youngsters pay rent to feel responsible while having the money returned to them later.
Others were adamantly opposed to charging youngsters rent.
This year, over two-thirds of 1,500 Americans polled by Newsweek agreed that individuals in their twenties living in their parents’ homes should pay rent, even if the parents do not need the money.
Many kids in the United States, like in many Western nations, leave their parents’ homes once they reach maturity.
According to Pew Research Center statistics, over 60 million American homes are now considered “multigenerational,’ a number that has doubled since the 1970s.
It was discovered in 2020 that the number of individuals living at home had reached its greatest point since the Great Depression.
Despite the fact that the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic had an influence, the tendency has been noticed before.
The median monthly rent in the United States reached a new high in 2022, while housing prices in key cities continued to grow.
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