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Millennials Are Taking ‘Adulting’ Classes To Learn Basic Tasks

Millennials often get a bad rap for being unreliable, overly dependent on their parents and unmotivated. Now, however, a new program hopes to elevate their life skills with cooking, budgeting, or time management courses. The courses, known as adulting classes seek to give young upstarts a new set of self-sufficiency resources.

Millennials, known as Generation Y or Gen Y, follow Generation X and precede Generation Z. Researchers consider the early 1980s as the starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as the ending birth years. Millennials are often known as "echo boomers" since they are often the children of baby boomers. The generation is known for its knowledge of communications, media, and digital technologies.

A Pew Research Center report says millennials are often "detached from institutions and networked with friends.” The report says millennials are more positive than older adults about America's future, with 49% saying the country's best years are still ahead despite the fact that they have record levels of student loan debt and unemployment.

In Queens, 29-year-old Elena Toumaras is taking a cooking class she hopes will compliment her basic food prep skills.

“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.”

Adulting classes are growing exponentially. Rachel Flehinger has even founded an “Adulting School” in Portland, Maine, which will offer online classes for millennials who want to learn life essentials like sewing a button, appreciating modern art or professing their love for someone.

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

Experts say 34 percent of Americans between 18 and 34 still live at home compared to 26 percent in 2005.

American sociologist Kathleen Shaputis calls millennials the Boomerang Generation or Peter Pan generation since they tend to put off adulthood longer than most generations before them. Palmer attributes the high cost of housing and higher education as well as the affluence of older generations to the the trend. A 2012 study from Brigham Young University noted that in the last older generations tended to get married or start a career earlier, though millennials are often negatively affected by high divorce rates as well as career expectations.

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

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Millennials tend to marry later, have children later and also learn vital life skills later, as well.

“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 says she enjoys teaching millennials how to cook, believing it is better to learn late than never.

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