Failure on so many levels: Millennials are signing up for “Adulting” classes

Failure on the parents’ part, public education and at the individual level. I also blame social media.

But I bet “Julia” and “Pajama Boy” are proud…

From CBS New York: Millennials lacking life skills — like cooking, budgeting, or time management — are now signing up for classes designed to teach them those basics.

The trend gives young people a crash courses on adulting, CBS News’ Laura Podesta reported Wednesday.

At a cooking class in Queens, 29-year-old Elena Toumaras said she’s finally learning skills she wishes she’d been taught years ago.

“I don’t know, I was so used to when living at home, my mom always cooking,” she said. “Doing simple things now that I’m on my own, I’m struggling with it.”

She’s not alone. The number of classes geared toward teaching adults how to “adult” is growing.

Rachel Flehinger is the co-founded the aptly named “Adulting School” in Portland, Maine.

This month she’s launching online classes geared toward millennials anywhere who want to know how to sew a button, understand modern art or tell someone they love them.

“How to have a relationship, how to talk to someone, conflict resolution — how not to fight,” Flehinger said.

Experts say millennials are behind because many haven’t left childhood homes. The U.S. Census Bureau said in 2015, 34 percent of Americans between 18 and 34 still lived with a parent. That’s compared to just 26 percent in 2005.

“It’s more common than living with roommates and more common than living with a spouse,” demographer Jonathan Vespa said.

That translates into young adults marrying later, having children later and ultimately figuring out those crucial life skills later, too.

“I’m always surprised about people not knowing what I think are the simple things as far as knife skills, or flavors that go together,” said Kim Calichio of TheConnectedChef.com.

Calichio said she’s happy to keep teaching classes to help millennials catch up in the kitchen — better late than never.

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Brian Heinz
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Brian Heinz

So makes me wonder what they were doing all that time when we were learning life skills at school and home. So just what did the learn how to destroy a nation with in one generation. I only hope these slow learners wake up before its to far gone to do anything about it.

HI EVERYONE ALMA Thank you. 🙂

Alexa
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What were they doing? They were being manipulated by media and tech giants. They were taught to play violent and/or fantasy video games, playing on the blood and brain sucking internet, maybe watching dumb tv shows or movies, and they were sleeping late for decades due to lack of normal sleep patterns, due to their mind draining technologically pushed/based mindless computer activities. All because their parents and schools did not know or care to know how to raise normal, conscious, geared for success, aware, mindful, hard working intelligent and socially engaging, morally aware children.

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Watertender
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Watertender

I learned to cook at 8 as self defense…. If I wanted to eat I had to make it… As far as “knife skills” I have those too… Those were learned the hard way and not for cooking… I have paid my own way since I was a preteen and become a productive citizen that has never drawn a day of unemployment… Millennials and Snowflakes make me sick….

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I can assure you that none of this is accidental. The last thing on earth they want is independent, free-thinking individuals. Lately I find myself thinking more and more about this. Somehow, “THEY” keep coming out with these fads that everyone is supposed to agree to worship. I don’t recall asking anyone to develop a new civilization based on perverse principles. In fact, I can only think of one group who would find that desirable. This is a “global” thing. It may take slightly different forms from area to area, depending on the native culture, but it ends the same.… Read more »

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

I’ve been working since I was born breech and landed on my feet. From the moment that I could follow an instruction I’ve been expected to take care of myself as much as possible. I tell everybody that I’ve been working since I was 10. Truth be told that’s when I started getting paid in money. Before that I was expected to do chores. (I doubt millennials even know that word.) I learned basic skills from my father, mother, grandmother, older brothers and sisters. I cook, clean, sew. I can sew, do woodwork, electrical, electronic, computers lasers, plumbing, gardening, canning,… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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The Ruling Elites are winning. They used to produce citizens with civics. Then they produced consumers with money to spend. Now they produce little lugubrious leftist lemmings of LEARNED HELPLESSNESS.

Lenin & Trotsky are high-fiving each other in Hell!

Not to worry: The GREAT CULLING is coming. And DON’T call the Culligan Man! Nothing like a little Social Darwinism!

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Is pajama boy related to screaming girl?

TPR
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TPR

I think it’s the parents’ job to teach their kids vs. Schools & even Churches. My parents flunked in both categories & taught us nothing. Whatever I learned, I learned from Observing &/or just having to figure out how to do it myself. As for Schools: “Adulting Class” used to be called “Home Ec” (Economics) in 9th Grade, which included cooking, sewing, etc. I wonder what year public schools did away with that class? They used to also have Mechanics & other (pre-computer age) “Tech” classes for the boys. Spoiled Wives(?) And, evidently, some husbands dropped the ball re their… Read more »

Alexa
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Alexa

Ok. Women whose families started in the fifties or earlier were taught men ruled the roost until they passed away or left the ladies or vice versa. However, that does not take away from the fact that younguns like it fast, easy and believe less work is more. Parents have been uninvolved for nearly or more thsn twenty years. Nothing good comes or will come of society and families leaving kids to be raised by strangers and odd people claiming knowledge on the internet, in our schools or elsewhere. More hands on morality with present actual parenting and grandparenting is… Read more »

Jackie Puppet
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Jackie Puppet

I sent this pic to my daughter a couple of summers ago, saying this is her sometimes; she replied it’s her every day. :large My own experiences are similar to a few above, though not quite as extensive; I’ve always had an interest in cooking, even if it was just treats, as far as I can remember. I even got my own beaters (hand mixers) before I was a teenager, and lasted me for about 30 years – heck, even my recliner is 30 years old. In junior high, I took a semester of Home Ec, followed by a semester… Read more »

Alexa
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Alexa

Omg funny pic to your daughter Jackie!

Seumas
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Seumas

What you see with this is fallout from the 60’s, itself the result of fallout from the 20’s, and that as well was fallout from an earlier time I’d suspect. Really those from the 1920’s (when such modern mental illnesses such as anorexia & bulimia being induced in the public by companies got started, in the modern era anyway.) on up should’ve had “adulting classes”, imagine if they had known how to be mature, the federal reserve scam might’ve been avoided if people had actually thought, and understood they were being propagandized for the purpose of shackoing civilization to a… Read more »

D3F1ANT
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D3F1ANT

LOL! These clowns are enjoying a well-earned ignorance. Too busy whining to get their own way to learn how to “adult.” It might be wrong, I’ll admit…but I hold these people in disdain.

In the old days…kids were taught the it’s better to be the ant than the grasshopper. Of course…that lesson is probably racist or sexist, today.