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Gimme shelter, mom

A guest post from Liz Atwood: I wouldn’t normally look to Mick Jagger for parenting advice, but an item in the news a few days ago caught my eye. Jagger’s ex-wife Jerry Hall is reportedly asking him to buy three houses for their grown children (their youngest, 15, still lives at home). According to the story, Jagger says he believes his kids should make their own way in the world and not expect him to give them handouts. Lately I’ve heard my friends talking about helping their children after they graduate from college. Some are saying they fully expect and welcome their children to come back home once they graduate. I have yet to send mine out the door, but I always hoped that once they left for college they would be on their own. Does this make me a bad mother? Am I selfish? Maybe so. I just can’t believe the world has changed so much. When I was a teenager, I couldn’t wait to leave home and get my own apartment. I can’t predict the future. Maybe my kids will end up back home, too. But it seems to me that if Mick Jagger’s kids have to work to put a roof over their heads, then my kids should, too. Liz Atwood is a former Baltimore Sun features editor who teaches journalism at Hood College. She is the mother of two sons, ages 11 and 16. 

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