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  1. #51
    Quote Originally Posted by prsboogie View Post
    I have 4 nephews and nieces all in the early 20s now and they had a fairly decent number of friends, say a total of 15, 2 of them had gotten their licenses asap the last to get hers was 20. A lot of the people I work with have older teenagers who were late getting their licenses with no real passion to get it other than the parents telling them they weren't going to continue carting their asses around. None of us live in a city where you can walk to get to everything you need.

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    I'm​ sure there are a number of factors contributing to this. For one, the cost of cars and insurance is way higher today than when we were kids. I don't think wages for first jobs have gone up at the same ratio. My first car cost $1200 and it was about $500 a year to insure as a teenager. I don't see too many $1200 cars for sale these days and I imagine the insurance is way higher for kids; even basic liability insurance on a clunker.

    The other factor is I assume that many kids are less social today due to technology. They can "hang out" with all their friends via texting, social media etc. today. When we were kids you had to do the unthinkable. You physically had to go where your friends were to have social interaction! Otherwise you were stuck home alone watching TV.

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    Older kids often don't want to drive to see friends since then they won't be able to drink. It has screwed me many times. I don't think people in New York put off getting there license unless they live in manhattan. I guess Boston area must be different.

  3. #53
    Quote Originally Posted by benski View Post
    It doesn't help the college application process has spiraled out of control. I don't think many kids wait to get there license. Those who wait seem to be mainly city kids who wouldn't drive anyway.
    College application process is out of control for sure.

    Our kids are required to get their license since we make sure they have a job part-time albeit but a job. I think it builds responsibility and character. Our kids play sports and are involved in other activities as well. I think it is how kids are being raised that is the problem. Parents have gotten too soft.

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  4. #54
    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    College application process is out of control for sure.

    Our kids are required to get their license since we make sure they have a job part-time albeit but a job. I think it builds responsibility and character. Our kids play sports and are involved in other activities as well. I think it is how kids are being raised that is the problem. Parents have gotten too soft.



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    And too concerned and afraid to let there kids make mistakes. I know kids who could get cell phones and facebooks till into sophomore year of high school. I bet most of the sat prep and extra curriculars go to waist. Any hobby or job counts as an extracurricular. Colleges say they just want to see that your busy and an interesting person. SAT are probably just an easy way to eliminate people who are way out of there league since they are really inaccurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benski View Post
    And are too concerned and afraid to let there kids make mistakes......
    Good one benski....
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    Kids need to learn by mistakes. My son is turning 25 this week and is now a DR. of Physical Therapy making more than I do already. He Ski raced thru college and started when he was 8 and never gave it up. Only had a few podiums. Ski racing gives you thick skin. If he made a mistake, you fix it, not me or Mom. Some of these kids these days are being turned into PUSSIES! They need to stop being Babied! Rant Over...

  7. #57
    As a high school coach I see the pampered kids and also the ones that get it.some of these kids are so spoiled and only think of what is good for them. No Idea of team dynamics.I think that the working two parent norm has put a lot of children on their own with little adult oversight.

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