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Cheryl is certain: 'In my opinion it's the responsibility of parents to help out financially,' she says.'Dad has the means, but his attitude is that it's his money; he earned it and I can do the same.'He won't accept I don't have the opportunities he had. I feel resentful.'The resentment is deepest when Cheryl considers the material divide between them.'When he was my age, my father bought a three-bedroom house.

He could afford two cars and is sailing through life with a big pension to look forward to.'At first glance, she seems to have a point.

They have done U-turns on university education fees that have left us with massive debts, and wages are stagnant.'We are told we haven't made it if we don't own our own home, yet most millennials can't get on the property ladder and are left paying huge sums to landlords who probably belong to the baby boomer generation and have a nice buy-to-let earning them money on the side.'It is undoubtedly true that baby boomers found it easier to get on the property ladder.

In the Sixties, the average house price was £3,620, around four times the average annual wage of £891.

Indeed, research shows two out of three of those born during the population explosion following World War II would rather spend their children's inheritance than pass it on.

But are the baby boomers really to blame for their children's financial misfortune?

My dad jokes that he only had to turn up at his law firm to be hired.'Then there is the cost.

But many will agree that the job market is much tougher in this new globalised world we inhabit — Rebecca says she struggled to find a foothold in the world of work, despite her long years of education.

All I want is a small property and enough money to buy a dress from Topshop every now and then.

That's less than my parents had.'Though Rebecca insists her father Tim, 54, a lawyer, and mother Charlotte, 53, a writer, have been nothing but supportive, the fact they could buy their three-bedroom London home while they were in their early 20s must grate.'Buying to let means there are fewer places available for the rest of us.

I try not to feel resentful — not always successfully.'It wasn't as if I wanted to be a millionaire with a swimming pool full of flamingos.

But it transpires that wanting any kind of home or financial security was just a ridiculous notion.'It was the accusation of entitlement from those of her parents' generation that really rankled.'Well, they raised us — so everything wrong with us is either a result of their DNA or their parenting,' says Rebecca.'We're not greedy.