Just when you think the media can’t go any further into the tank for President Obama, AOL runs a piece celebrating the death of family income by touting “multigenerational homes.” Seriously. In a piece titled, “Multigenerational Homes: Real Estate’s Next Big Thing as More Families Share a Space,” Krisanne Alcantara gushes:
Being roommates with your parents after age 21 sounds like a nightmare for most, but Jessica Bruno wouldn’t have it any other way. Bruno, a 40-year-old mom, wife and DIY blogger, lives with her 62-year-old parents, Connie and Fred, in their Sutton, Mass., home.
Oh, and there’s Bruno’s husband, Tony, and their 6-year-old son, Tony Jr.
Think that’s a lot of people under one roof? There’s more. Bruno’s grandparents, Grace, 80, and Fred, 82, live in the house, too. That’s seven people from four generations living together in one home. Actually, make that nine: Bruno’s two stepdaughters, 12-year-old twins Alexia and Gabriella — Tony’s kids from another marriage — stay with them on weekends.
What fun! What’s the point of owning your own house if you can sponge off the parents for the next few decades? The Census Bureau has found that since 2000, multigenerational households are up 30 percent. That increase has largely been concentrated in the years since the recession.
But celebrate good times! There ain’t no party like a grandparents party, because a grandparents-parents-children party don’t stop. At least not under Obama.