Four Myths About Baby Boomers Which Aren’t True

After reading some of the comments recently about the young generation’s perception of baby boomers I feel I have to state my case.

Myth 1: Baby boomers were able to manage to live on one salaryBaby boomers, of which I am certainly one, did not stay home en-masse like some believe. I spent the 70s and 80s working with hundreds of other young parents out there working to get by.

Myth 2: Education was free

Unless my parents lied to me, sorry, but I had to leave school at 15 simply because my parents could not afford to keep me at school.  University was a dream and back then you actually had to pass your university entrance exam to get in.

Myth 3: Housing was cheaper and there was government assistance to get your own home

Housing was and still is extremely expensive relative to income. There was no easy ride for baby boomers. If they did qualify for loans, at best it meant we could somehow afford a modest three-bedroom, one-bathroom house with no garage, no fence, no driveway, carpet, vinyl or drapes, and would be lucky to be 1000 square feet.  That would have been considered a huge home.

Myth 4: Goods and food were much cheaper

BS.  Food was expensive. We ate very simply and basically.

I would love to hear comments from the few baby boomers out there who actually did get all the advantages the younger people seem to think we all had.

I know there are a few, but most baby boomers did nothing wrong. They went to work, they supported their families, they lived through the oil shocks of the 70s, and the restructuring of the 80s and 90s.

Yet the younger generation seems to think we had it all. I wish.

We had to work, we had no subsidized childcare, maternity leave (paid or otherwise), no interest-free student loans and we certainly did not have low interest rates on our mortgages.

Now that we are reaching our sunset years, once again the younger generation seems to think we should work even longer, whether we can physically cope or not.

I am sick to death of having to justify my existence to a generation that is under the impression that they are so hard done by.

Do you agree that the younger generation has an attitude problem? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Oh my God, 1975 I used coupons and any money saving hack I could find to put food on the table, no phone, no tv, no night outs, and one car for two working people. 1979 loan from parents to buy house(ARM).One child, went back to work from materinaty leave when he was 5 1/2 weeks old. I could go on but I won’t.
    don’t remember anything being given to us or easy but didn’t expect it either. Worked paying into social security since I was 16 (45) years. Give me a break!!!

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