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Am I adult?
From;    Author:Stand originally

Am I An Adult Yet?

I Turn 39 Soon. Even Though I've Already Suffered Through A Midlife Crisis, I Still Don't Feel Like An Adult. In Fact, I Feel I've Grown Less Mature As The Years Have Progressed.

I Was A Very Mature Kid. By The Time I Turned 10 I Had Lived In Two Houses, four Apartments And Attended At Least As Many Schools. By The Time I Was 14 I Had Been Through My Parents' Divorce And A Custody Battle. By The Time I Graduated High School, I Was Pretty Sure I Knew Who I Was And What I Wanted.

I Was Rebellious, said "No" A Lot (loudly) , and Was Frustrated By My Inability To Make Choices I Thought Were Mine To Make.

When I Turned 30, I Married, had A Son, and Became As Tired And Cranky As A Newborn.

Since Then I've Started Growing Up Again. But I'm Not Sure I've Quite Crossed The Threshold Into Adulthood.

I Asked My 8-year-old Son, colter, what Makes Someone An Adult. He Said Adults:
Go To Work
Can Cook
Have Money
Are 20 Or Older
Are Married
Are Parents

I've Done All Those Things And Yet I'm Not Quite There.

My Husband, gary, remembers The First Time He Felt Like An Adult. He Was 14 Years Old And Working Behind The Counter Of A Balloon-popping Game At An Amusement Park. Kids Called Him "sir" Because He Had The Authority To Hand Them Darts.

Fourteen Is Hardly A Magic Age; Some Cross The Threshold Into Adulthood When They Turn 18 And Can Vote, turn 21 And Can Drink Legally, graduate From School, buy A First Home, notice The First Gray Hairs Or Notice They've Started Falling Out.

"Coming Of Age In 21st-Century America, "A Study Conducted By Researchers At The University Of Chicago, describes Seven Stages In The Transition To Adulthood.

The Report, based On The 2002 General Social Survey Of 1, 398 People, also Determined When People Generally Expect Young People To Complete The Transitions. Becoming Self-supporting Is The First Step (20.9 Years Old) , living Independently Of Parents (21.1) , having A Full-time Job (21.2) , completing Schooling (22.3) , being Able To Financially Support A Family (24.5) , getting Married (25.7) , and Having A Child (26.2) .

But An Associated Press Story Following The Survey Reported That Many 20 Somethings Did Not Feel These Milestones Were Ones That Marked Them As Adults.

Living At Home Longer Than Previous Generations, living With Partners Longer Before Marriage And Having Careers Before Having Children Can All Contribute To A Trend Of "delayed Adulthood. Living With Partners Longer Before Marriage And Having Careers Before Having Children Can All Contribute To A Trend Of "delayed Adulthood..

Whatever The Factors That Are Causing It, much Of Society Seems To Be Embracing The Notion. And A Whole Line Of Increasingly Common Sayings Are Indicating A Ripple Effect- "30 Is The New 20" And "40 Is The New 30, "And So On. Elaine Wethington, a Sociologist In The Department Of Human Development At Cornell University, believes The Sayings Have A Ring Of Truth.
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