>Twentysomethings aren’t rushing to grow up—and Not Quite Adults co-author Barbara Ray says that’s A-OK.

WHICH STEPS IS THIS GENERATION DELAYING?

Marriage, work, living on their own. Many move home after college to save money and figure out a good first step.

AND THAT’S SMART?

Economic changes have made jobs more unsteady, so you have to be strategic. You want your first job to be a step in the right direction. Slowing down ensures a more secure future.

WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO?

Relax. If a child moves home, it’s not your personal failing. Most of the kids we talked to were planning; they weren’t playing video games on the couch. Parents are a good resource. Share your advice.

BUT WILL KIDS LISTEN?

Parents and kids are much closer today. Young people do have the epiphany, “Mom is right, and she can help.”

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