Originally Posted by MichaelB
After my college graduation I would have lived under a bridge rather than return to my parent’s home....
My oldest nephew actually did live under a bridge rather than return to his parents' house after he left at 18. Knowing my brother, I completely understand. Actually, all of my nephews have been financially and physically independent since immediately after they graduated from high school, just as my siblings and I were. That is the way of my family.
Another family tradition is that if you want to go to college it's your own responsibility, not your parents'. I am the only one of my generation (siblings and cousins) to attend college (thanks to the US Navy). One of my nephews went part-time for 10 years before getting a BA degree (in Anthropology, so he waits tables). None of the rest of them went to college. Hard to say whether any of my great-nephews will go. The oldest one is only 13, but my guess for him would be not.