The Independence of Generation X: Born From a Childhood Lack of Supervision

The Independence of Generation X: Born From a Childhood Lack of Supervision

Generation X, born between 1965 and 1980, is often referred to as the “latchkey generation” due to the minimal adult supervision they experienced during childhood. While this may sound like a negative thing, it actually gave Gen Xers a unique set of skills that have served them well in adulthood.

Growing up with working parents or in single-parent households meant that many Gen Xers had to learn how to be self-sufficient from a young age. They would return home from school to an empty house, let themselves in with a key, and figure out how to entertain themselves until their parents returned. This led to a sense of independence and resourcefulness that has become a defining trait of the generation.

As adults, Gen Xers are known for being highly self-reliant and adaptable. They learned early on how to take care of themselves and make do with what they had, which has made them more resilient in the face of challenges. This has been especially valuable in the workplace, where Gen Xers are known for their strong work ethic and willingness to take on multiple tasks without complaint.

Of course, there are downsides to growing up with minimal supervision. Some Gen Xers may struggle with trust or attachment issues due to feeling neglected as children. However, many have also found that their childhood experiences have made them more empathetic and understanding of others who may have gone through similar experiences.

Overall, the independence of Generation X can be seen as both a blessing and a curse. While they may have missed out on some of the traditional aspects of childhood, such as after-school activities or family dinners, they have gained valuable skills and traits that have helped them succeed in life.

So the next time someone calls you a latchkey kid, remember that it’s not necessarily a bad thing. You’re just part of a generation that knows how to take care of itself and make the most of what it has. And that’s something to be proud of.

Thanks for reading, and stay independent, Gen Xers!

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Sean Harflinger

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