California Introduced a Bill That Would Require Cops to Have a 4-Year Degree

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you know there is a swirling conversation in this country around policing and police reform.

Violence has been wrought, people have died, and there have been calls for defunding the police to more sensitivity and de-escalation training, to those who believe things are fine the way that they are.

Now, a California assemblyman has proposed an interesting solution to the excessive uses of force by law enforcement – he wants to require all incoming officers to have either a bachelor’s degree or be more than 25-years-old.

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Reggie Jones-Sawyer introduced Bill-89, citing a 2007 study that found that the more educated officers were, the less likely they were to use force. They also rack up fewer complaints from the community and their fellow officers.

Jones-Sawyer made the following statement:

“This data-driven bill relies on years of study and new understandings of brain development to ensure that only those officers capable of high-level decision-making and judgment in tense situations are entrusted with working in our communities and correctional facilities.”

The requirement to be at least 25 is due to research that shows that, in the areas of impulse control, planning, and working memory, the human brain is not fully developed until after that age.

Image Credit: PexelsThe state already accepts that as true, since they extended youth offender parole to 25.

“These jobs are complex, they’re difficult, and we should not just hand them over to people who haven’t fully developed themselves.

This could be the beginning of changing the entire way that policing is done on the front end.

Then we can let the bad cops retire on the back end.”

California would be the first state to require a 4-year degree, though Illinois, New Jersey, and North Dakota all require at least two years of college.

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They would join plenty of countries around the world, though – England, Wales, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden all require college education before becoming a police officer.

Esteban Nunez, director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, verifies,

“The evidence is clear – the prefrontal cortex of the brain is not fully developed until age 25.

It is with similar logic that youth must be treated as youth by our criminal justice system.”

Science is on their side, but only time will tell whether other lawmakers will agree –  and whether science and research will translate to lives saved on the streets.

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Is It Okay to Want a Job for Money and Not Passion? People Share Their Thoughts.

Do what you love in life! Find your passion!

How many times did you hear that when you were growing up and going to school?

I know I heard it a lot. And while I think that’s good advice for certain people, it definitely isn’t for others. We’re all so different and that kind of “one size fits all” life advice just isn’t practical for everyone.

AskReddit users talked about whether they think it’s okay to do a job just because the money is good. Here’s what they had to say.

1. For the money.

“I’m so sick of people telling me to not only want to go into IT for the money, and instead choose something I like to do. What I like to do is play video games, and make music, but that isn’t secure at all.

I feel like it shouldn’t be looked down upon, pursuing a career just for the money it brings, because some people just want financial freedom more than anything and thats ok to want.

Also, some successful people originally just went into it for the money.”

2. A noble ambition.

“I for one am a firm believer of the concept that working to support you hobby is a noble ambition.”

3. Show me the money.

“I’ve been applying for insurance type jobs and its always, “Why do you want to be a claims specialist (for example).”

Seriously who the f*ck actually wants to do this?

I WANT MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

4. Good point.

“I think the problem people see is that if you do it just for the money, and not because you like it, you won’t necessarily do a good job since you don’t have an actual interest in it.

It’s partially why so many Wall Street people get burned out real quick.

They make a stupid amount of money in a short time working 100+ hours but because a lot of them don’t necessarily like it they have to get out after like 2 or so years.”

5. Gotta pay the bills.

“I don’t think any kid thinks growing up they’ll want to be an MBA in Supply Chain Management or Finance but they grow up and they see how important money is.

Most want to do something that they enjoy (or think they will enjoy) or something that has a lot of glamour like films, TV, sports, politics but then the success rate in those isn’t that great and you need something to pay the bills.”

6. It helps to be good at it.

“Nobody has a passion for sh*t like this.

I mean, why would someone want to be a tax attorney or a proctologist?

However, what you do need to have is the right set of skills and personality traits that will make you GOOD at a job.

Being good at something gives you satisfaction.

Maybe if you are really meticulous and like reading, you’ll be a good tax attorney.

If you are good with math, you’ll be a good actuary, etc.”

7. To each their own.

“Some people want big families.

Some people want flexible hour jobs.

Some people want money.

To each their own.”

8. Words of wisdom.

“I quit a job once and my grandfather asked me why…Because I didn’t like it.

He shook his head and said “You think I like what I do? I do it because it pays good money.

It bought me a house, two cars, and a boat I can fish in on the weekends.

I work for money, because I like to fish.”

The man said maybe a few hundred words to me his whole life.

I remember most of them because when he spoke, it was meaningful.”

9. Working towards a goal.

“I’m working a job that I just tolerate as a decent paying job with low stress.

It affords me enough to develop my programming skills while I make a video game.

But my ultimate goal is to be able to work full-time on my own projects.

Everyone’s got goals and that’s mine. “

10. Problematic.

“There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make money, and your 9-5 doesn’t have to be your passion.

I think it’s problematic to convince people they have to love every second of their job, because frankly very few people actually do.”

11. It’s true…

“Go for the money.

If you’re ever truly broke, like homeless broke, for a chunk of time your perspective on work(or at least mine) changes dramatically. Make your money my dude. If you ever are trying to bath yourself with the $.99 gallon of water and a five gallon bucket the importance of money seems pretty clear.

Do what you have to do and then if you get some free time do what you want to do. Real life is hard no matter how rich you get, but at least you don’t have to worry about an empty stomach and a bed.”

12. Not the right thing to do.

“If only all jobs were actually useful.

Some of the least important things make the most money. I’d be happy for people going for money, if the most important stuff were also incentivized the most with money.

Until then, it’s literally not the right thing to do. I understand it, but don’t sugar-coat bullsh*t either.”

13. Think about the jet ski!

“I have 2 teenage children and it seems that every adult at their schools says something to the effect of “find a job you love to do, and you never will work a day in your life”.

I used to love to fish until I worked as a 1st mate on a fishing boat over a summer.

Haven’t enjoyed fishing since the 2000s.

I tell my kids to get a job that makes enough money to afford a jet ski, because have you ever seen a sad person on a jet ski?”

14. A sign of maturity.

“I honestly think it’s a sign of maturity and being realistic if you can simply find something you’re good at and qualified for and just be content.

The idea of a dream job just isn’t realistic for most people. I spent too long chasing a career I thought I wanted, and it just wasn’t anything I’d ever break into. I’m at a job now that isn’t the best job ever, but I’m getting by and I really like the company. I’m hoping to figure out a way to maybe move up or around within, whether I earn certifications for something or whatever.

I like it because I have a flexible schedule, we get more paid holidays than I’ve ever had anywhere, company culture is super chill, and I’m just not crazy stressed or unhappy like I was at my last job.

I don’t go home exhausted and mentally drained, and were it not for COVID I would certainly be enjoying more hobbies and socializing in my spare time.”

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Should Everyone Be Cremated Because Cemeteries Are a Waste of Space? Here’s How People Responded.

In my humble opinion, people should be able to do whatever they want with their bodies when they die.

Want to be buried? Cool.

Leaning toward getting cremated? Go for it!

Want to be put on a raft and set on fire and pushed out to sea? Actually, I’m not sure if that’s legal, but it sounds pretty cool.

The question posed to AskReddit users was, “Should all people be cremated because cemeteries are a waste of space?”

Let’s check out the responses.

1. More trees, please.

“Keep the cemeteries, but instead of just burying people’s bodies, bury them with a tree seed.

So we can have a bunch of trees instead of rotting dead bodies.”

2. A place to remember.

“I’m still happy to have a place to go and sit and still talk with my husband even though he’s six feet below now.

I feel like it may not be quite the same if it was just ashes to the wind.

I like to picture both of us together on that mountainside someday.”

3. Habitats.

“In a lot of cities, cemeteries are important habitat for a lot of animals and birds.

They’re large stretches of green space that aren’t too frequently visited by (living) people, so are important refuges.

Although I agree with you that there are less impactful methods of interment, and I don’t want to be buried, I quietly support them for the animals.”

4. To each their own.

“I have opted for a green burial when my time comes. The whole embalming-casket-headstone thing creeps me out.

But I get that green burials creep other people out. It’s just that my way leaves room for future generations unlike traditional graveyards.”

5. Please cremate me.

“I want to be cremated and spread in the forests of my home, laws allowing.

My fiancé is wholeheartedly against this, wanting to be buried side by side.

I don’t like being around a lot of people while I’m alive, what makes you think I want to be close to other people in death for eternity?”

6. I agree, BUT…

“I do think that some cemeteries are way too big and a waste of space, but as someone who lost both of my grandparents this year, I’m very glad to be able to go and see them.

I have a big family, and if they weren’t buried, I would have to go to someone else’s house to see their urns.

Since they’re in a cemetery, I can go and sit and talk to them about what’s going on as long as I want.”

7. Emotional support.

“Having a place to go visit a loved one even after they pass away is a huge emotional support for many people.”

8. Respect the dead.

“I don’t necessarily like cemeteries and what they do, but all matters of body disposal isn’t really environmentally friendly regardless. My biggest thing about death is respecting the dead.

Do what they want you to do with their body. Don’t be disrespectful  because “they’re dead and don’t care”. Like if they told you a plan, they obviously cared while they were here and did not want you to do the opposite.

Your final say before you die is how you shall be taken care of and it disgusts me when a family doesn’t respect the final request because they don’t agree with it.”

9. A new idea.

“Cremation is a terrible waste of fuel and source of pollution.

What would make sense is to bury bodies in a biodegradable sack, and after they’ve decomposed for 50 years or so, after everyone who remembered them is dead, recycle the ground for another grave.”

10. Make them more beautiful.

“Some people are (due to religion) are only allowed to be buried.

But I think they should make cemetery’s more like….parks? Like maybe some trees and have like sidewalks.

It would be more prettier and also less depressing that bodies just laying all in a row.”

11. Get natural.

“Cremation increases the carbon footprint. Each death is 100 L of fuel and 200 kg of CO2.

It also risks burning the cremation center (anything that handles fires, gets fires).

I recommend natural burials: no casket, no chemicals, bury me directly in a field. I just become anonymous compost, and create trees or something.”

12. See you on the road!

“I don’t get why people are so caught up with being preserved after death.

It might be the atheist in me but throw me in the middle of the road and use me as a temporary speed bump.

At least that is more useful than being placed in a cemetery.”

13. Interesting point of view.

“If I learned one thing about cemeteries when working in one for some time, it’s that they exist to serve the living rather than the dead.

The dead don’t care, but the living need somewhere to mourn, somewhere memorialize their loved ones. We remain protective of our loved ones remains even after death, and burying them in a safe and beautiful place helps us in our grief.

This is what people critical of cemeteries don’t understand.

Another thing people often aren’t aware of is that the picture of a cemetery as a somber resting place that’s off limits for anything but grief hasn’t always been the case.

In the Victorian era it was perfectly common to hold picnics and other activities in the cemetery amongst your loved ones. In some senses it was a park, just one that bad a bunch of rocks in it.

If we went back to this mentality we wouldn’t have such as issue with cemeteries being a waste of space.”

14. Create gardens.

“Make it into a botanical gardens.

People pay for ceremonies where the deceased person’s ashes are scattered over the Japanese garden or the rose garden or the bamboo forest. Maybe put up kiosks of people’s names on small plaques with names and dates of birth/death.

Then people who want to visit their deceased loved ones can do so in beautiful surroundings.”

15. And then, there’s this.

“In the words of Danny De Vito, “when I’m dead just throw me in the trash.””

Cremation or burial?

What do you think you’d prefer?

Talk to us in the comments and let us know how you feel about this subject. Thanks!

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People Talk About the Statement “Construction Work Is a Respectable Job and Shouldn’t Be Stigmatized”

I’ve never understood when folks say things like “you’ll end up working construction” or “you’ll end up being a garbageman” if you don’t get your act together.

Both of those jobs are honorable, pay well, and I’m sure a lot of the people who do them enjoy them. There’s still kind of a weird bias in this country against people who work with their hands, for some reason…I don’t get it.

But, you still do hear comments like that from people out there.

Folks on AskReddit discussed this mentality. Let’s see what they had to say.

1. Something to think about.

“I always took “you don’t want to end up in construction” as you don’t want to do something your whole life that takes a toll on your body.

At least that’s how my parents always pushed it on me.”

2. Changed my life.

“I did construction work from 24 years old to 30 years old. I made $31 a hour and anything over 8 hours in a day was time and a half.

Saturdays and Sundays were automatic time and a half no matter how many hours your worked throughout the week. At 30 years old I was injured on the job and had to have a major spine surgery on my lower spine.

I can no longer play most sports without extreme discomfort afterward. It has completely changed my life.”

3. Lesson from Dad.

“My dad farmed for 40 years and supported a family on it.

But he outright refused to let any of us come back and take over the farm without trying college and other careers out.

It destroyed his body and he didn’t want the same for us.”

4. Won’t age well.

“I worked with my dad in construction every summer while in high school and college.

People on the job site tell you they’re all proud of their hard work and get payed appropriately, but they’ll all tell you to get out while you can.

You don’t age well in construction.”

5. Tough work.

“It’s a respectable job and the people who work it deserve respect.

But it’s also back-breaking work with a high risk of injury and will ultimately lead to a lot of nasty health problems as you grow old.”

6. Not for everyone.

“I’m a pipe fitter.

With only a technical high school diploma I make over 6 figures.

Pros are I get to go to different places everyday and fix things, good pay and I don’t have college debt.

Cons are it’s back breaking work that has given me two shoulder surgeries (one on each) and bad knees. Having to have surgery because of your job isn’t for everybody.”

7. A lifestyle?

“Unfortunately even though the money can be great, there’s a certain lifestyle that’s rampant.

Drugs, alcohol, crazy spending.

Obviously not true for all construction workers, but it’s definitely there.

My cousin could makes great money, but he’d have nothing left a week after payday.”

8. They were wrong.

“My grade school teachers would say “study hard or you will end up a construction worker”.

Well, now I make more than them and have one of the most valuable skill sets a person can have, in my opinion.

So y’all can suck it!”

9. A hot take.

“It’s not about it not being respectable. It is a respectable job.

It’s the fact that it’s hard labor.

No parent wants their child to get a job that’s going to take a tole on their body over the years they’re working it.”

10. Good advice.

“I’m a construction worker and I do make $100,00 or more a year.

I respect my job and the opportunities it has afforded me but I tell my three sons all the time to stay in school and get an education because I’m outside everyday when it’s nice, when it’s crazy hot, or when it is freezing cold.

That sucks and your body pays the price for that lifestyle.”

11. Miserable.

“Take it from someone who did it for years…

It’s about the most miserable sh*t I’ve ever done.

Enough to motivate me to actually go to college so I never have to do it again.”

12. Get out early.

“It’s a great job to have when you are young but be careful and get out early. The type of work you find on most construction sites is very back breaking.

I suggest it while someone is young because the body can handle it then but doing the job for too long, even with the proper technique and equipment, your body is going to start falling apart.

Then you have the worst case scenario where you can get hurt far easier than other jobs. My best friend was on a site where they were removing cases with glass panels. Someone accidentally bumped a case while not paying attention on a forklift.

The case hit another case which fell on top of my friend. He instinctually put his hands up to stop it but it came down on his glass facing him and it broke when it hit him. A piece of glass sliced the muscle or whatever it is that allows you to move your pointer finger.

Surgery was able to reconnect it so he can use his hand fully again but he was told flat out by the doctor this is an injury that will haunt him his entire life. And when my friend spoke to a lawyer he repeated what the doctor said and was told basically ain’t sh*t he can do about it.

He can sue for medical bills or years later when it starts to really bother him again he cant go after them again. He’s f*cked and now has an injury his entire life to deal with and the job wont do sh*t for it.”

13. Hard work.

“I’ve heard the pay is well but doing back-breaking work for so usually isn’t ideal.

It’s a very important and necessary job just doesn’t seem like one many think a lot about.”

14. As simple as that.

“I know it comes with some negative connotations, but construction work is a respectable job.

They build the houses we live in and the schools we learn and teach in.”

Alright, now we want to hear from all the readers out there.

In the comments, tell us what you think about this issue.

Please and thank you!

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Account Shares the Strange Weather That Russia Experiences

If you live in Louisiana or Oklahoma or some other place, you might think that you deal with the most extreme weather on the planet.

But I think that Russia might have those places and a bunch of other spots on the globe beat when it comes to crazy weather events.

Russia is absolutely enormous, so its people deal with every kind of climate imaginable…and, by the looks of the photos you’re about to see, it gets pretty wild over there.

Let’s see what’s going on weather-wise on the far side of the world.

1. Whoa! A waterspout!

You don’t see that every day.

2. The electric sky.

Be careful out there…

3. Have you ever seen such a thing?

I’ve never even heard of a Sun Halo.

4. It’s really coming down!

That doesn’t look like much fun.

5. Freezing rain all over the place.

I bet this was not fun to deal with.

6. Now that is cold!

Everyone is better off just staying inside.

7. Have you ever seen The Thing?

This reminds me of that movie.

8. That is very beautiful.

That might even be alarming to see that in the sky.

9. This is pretty cool.

A perfect ice circle.

10. Here it comes!

You better take cover!

11. Extreme blizzard conditions.

So glad I don’t have to deal with this kind of weather.

Now we want to hear from you out there.

Have you ever been to Russia before?

If so, what did you think of it? Talk to us in the comments!

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This Social Media Account Shares the Weirdest Weather in Russia

I can think of few places I’d rather NOT be during the winter than Russia.

Just thinking about the word “Siberia” makes my feet cold.

And when you look at photos of everyday Russian people, a lot of them look pretty…well, not incredibly happy all the time. And I think at least some of that has to do with the crazy and terrible weather those folks deal with year in and year out.

I don’t have any scientific data to back this up, it’s just my hunch…

Let’s take a look at photos of some wild weather that’s going on over in Russia.

1. Magical light pillars.

I’ve never seen something like that before.

2. How about some Lenticular clouds.

Look! Up in the sky!

3. Get a load of these frost flowers.

They’re actually very beautiful.

4. The geometry of frost.

That looks like plastic. Doesn’t look real.

5. A complex sun halo.

Cool! I need to read up on these!

6. They have volcanoes in Russia?

I had no idea!

7. That just looks like a nightmare.

How do you even begin to get the ice off?

8. Beautiful light pillars.

I wonder what causes these?

9. That’s pretty scary!

I’ve heard this happens from time to time.

10. Looks like something you might see in the Midwest.

There’s a twister coming!

11. It’s very pretty, isn’t it?

Feels like you’re at the end of the world.

12. That is stunning!

I love it!

What’s the weirdest weather you’ve ever seen before?

Talk to us in the comments.

And share some pics with us if you got ’em! Thanks!

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Have You Ever Wondered Why We Let Santa Claus Take the Credit for Our Gifts? You’re Not Alone!

If your family was Christian (or just not NOT Christian), then there’s a good chance you woke up Christmas morning to find that Santa Claus had visited your home.

Then, at some point in your young life you learned that everyone had been lying to you. Santa wasn’t real, your parents were buying the gifts, etc.

And honestly, most of us really don’t care because we’re still going to get gifts.

This (childless) guy wonders why parents want to give away the credit to a stranger, though. Why don’t family and friends say “this gift is from someone who loves you?”

Why do we give children illusions about Santa etc on Christmas instead of telling them that you get your loved ones a gift? The latter seems more lovely and is actually the truth from NoStupidQuestions

Why the lies?!

Keep reading to find out what these Redditors think about the whole mess!

16. You don’t want to mess it up for others.

I think the biggest problem with telling young people there’s no Santa is because kids have no filter.

When everyone at school is talking about Santa, they’ll blurt out that Santa isn’t real, and they’ll crush all their classmates.

15. Because it’s fun.

When I was a kid my parents would give me gifts from Santa as well as themselves, so it doesn’t have to be one or the other.

She would also write on other gifts from Frosty the Snowman, from Rudolph, and a bunch of other imaginary christmas characters.

My mother even did this long after we stopped believing just for fun.

14. It’s a powerful force.

My mom didn’t raise us to believe in santa We knew it was her.

We still did all the santa stuff (writing letters, leaving out cookies and milk, etc) though just for fun.

13. That’s part of it.

I always thought it was all a way to get kids to behave. You didn’t want to be put on a naughty list.

Kids deal with having to follow their parent’s rules 24/7/365.

They are much more open to the idea of behaving well for a supernatural, omnipotent being that will reward them with presents if they’re good.

12. Things have gotten out of hand.

Aside from the points people have raised about it just being a bit of fun and excitement for the kids at Christmas, the gifts never used to be lavish and expensive, they were usually just small token gifts or treats – so it wasn’t that Santa had gone out and bought you a new Xbox, it was that the small items you found in your stocking on Christmas morning were left there by a magical man who lives at the North Pole/Lapland and visits good children once a year.

Now the holiday has become entirely about consumerism, the idea of Santa leaving all these gifts seems a bit weird and antiquated. I’m not saying we should abandon it (for the most part it’s a nice tradition and just a bit of fun for the little’uns at Christmas), but as others have pointed out it leaves some kids with awkward questions about why Santa likes little Timmy down the road more than them.

Side note, when I was a kid we had both – we’d get some small “stocking filler” stuff from Father Christmas, but the “main” gifts would always be from our parents.

11. It could be practical.

I know when I was a kid my parents weren’t well off at all and loved budgeting so whenever I got a toy or anything it would be something cheap and small.

Every Christmas i would say “Im asking Santa for this because I know it’s too expensive” And “Santa” would get at least one of the expensive gifts and my parents would give me the smaller things.

I think it was good so I never became more entitled and expected more from my parents. As some of the other posts said it made things magical because not only the lore of santa but it was the one time of year I could get a toy that I often saw the kids at school with.

And once I realized Santa wasn’t real it just made the gifts more special.

10. Four months? I think I’m doing something wrong.

“Santa’s watching” is a good excuse to get your kids to behave for like four months.

It also just makes the day more magical and fun.

9. He’s not without issue.

I used to think it was magical or just a bit of fun until I started teaching.

Every year come January the kids would come in and start talking (sometimes bragging) about what Santa had given them.

Sometimes Santa was extremely generous to certain children, others unfortunately not so much.

You could see some of the other children who were “good” thinking to themselves “why didn’t I get as much as everyone else?” It was actually a little heartbreaking.

8. Simpler times.

Historically speaking, the original Santa was a man who gave to the poor and expected nothing in return.

That’s what Santa is supposed to be and it’s supposed to teach children to be selfless and give even if there’s no incentive.

7. Everyone likes playing pretend.

I never really believed my parents about Santa (I think they made some slip-up really early that I picked up on) but I quite enjoyed buying into the fantasy anyway.

It’s a fun make-believe thing and I think actually lot of kids enjoy it even though they see through it.

Most of what young kids do with their friends is pretending anyway.

6. Because wonder.

I will tell my son about father Christmas to have some magic/wonder and I will also give him gifts from family and tell him it’s family because of the reasons you mentioned.

Christmas can be full of magic and wonder and love.

5. Being “in the know” feels cool.

Same, I remember quite early on in life I I snuck down the stairs in the middle of the night on Xmas Eve and saw my Mum wrapping presents.

Shock.

I stayed up the rest of the night literally watching out my window just to be sure, and sure enough… nary a plump, white haired man in a red suit with flying reindeer in sight.

The jig was up after that, I told my Mum and she confirmed but asked that I keep it an “big girl” secret (so not to spoil it for everyone else) and I did, kept on playing along with it to my siblings and friends…

4. It creates an experience.

I think it’s a few things:

It’s about giving your kids a magical story which is WAY cool when you’re young, and also, it gives them something that they can talk about with their friends.

If a kid is unhappy with a gift given to them, they can blame “Santa”, and not their parents. Also, it is easier to convince a child that they should be grateful for a stranger gave to them, instead of their own parents. “Maybe it’s not what you wanted, but Santa delivers billions of presents to kids all over the world” will hurt less than a kid finding out their parent doesn’t even know what kind of toys they like, and buying them bad ones.

I think the experience of finding out that Santa isn’t real is a good one. Parents + adults lie, is a good thing to teach to kids, especially if they employ their own reasoning skills to understand this.

3. Because it just happens.

This is what I’ve been saying but nobody believes me. I never believed in Santa because my mom was against it (she was super angry when she found out as a kid). Still loved Santa. Children don’t care.

What is real and what isn’t doesn’t matter to children as it does to adults. They see no value in what is real, they play make-believe all the time. It’s only when you get older (to old to believe in Santa) that you start to pick on how adults differentiate between reality and fairy tales.

2. That’s beautiful.

I used to tell my son when he was little that Santa Claus was the spirit of giving.

Not a real person, in other words. A symbol.

1. Not everyone does it, though.

I was raised with no Santa. My mom did have to tell me other kids believed in him after I tried to let my best friend in on the secret. Anyway, my parents, the ever weird people that they are, and my aunt (also very weird) came up with a different magical Christmas deity, the Cosmic Christmas Jellyfish, when I was four. I’ll explain the CCJ below because Santa probably would have been better.

The Cosmic Christmas Jellyfish (CCJ for short) live deep below the ocean and sometimes comes out and flies in the sky leaving a colorful goo in his wake that some people mistake for the Northern Lights. He is a giant, colorful, magical flying jellyfish. To receive presents on Christmas you must do as follows: 1. Clean your room 2. Leave a pistachio offering out for him 3. Be asleep. If all of those things are done he will eat the pistachios and poop out your presents. If they are not, however, he will rip you limb from limb, eviscerate you, and leave your guts strewn about your room to be discovered in the morning. I had a weird childhood

I was honestly a bit torn on the whole Santa thing when I became a parent, but it just kind of happens, and you know what?

Magic is hard to come by in life. I say let the kids hang onto it for as long as they’d like.

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A Non-American Wants to Know Why American Parents Kick Their Kids Out at the Age of 18

Let me just say that, as an American, I know plenty of people who were welcome to live at home into their twenties, as long as they were contributing and had a job and all of that.

This stereotype could be the result of American movies, but I’m also sure there are parents out there who feel like 18 years is the commitment they made, and that’s it.

This person is curious why kicking a kid out at 18 became a thing, and Redditors are doing their best to dig out the truth.

Why is it acceptable for a lot of Americans to kick their kids out of home as soon as they turn 18? from NoStupidQuestions

Or at least, the truth as they see it.

Let’s take a look!

15. It depends on the kid.

It also depends on what the kid is doing.

My cousin’s son dropped out of college at 19 to come home and play WOW in the basement 24/7. Refused to get a job, go back to school, volunteer.

After a few months we did an intervention. Said he was free to play video games all day and night, just not at my cousin’s house.

Could go on social assistance, get an apt with friends, whatever, just not stay where he was.

Gave him a three month deadline, by which time he had started going to the gym and had found a college diploma course he liked and headed back to school.

He graduated and is doing great now, has his own apt in another city and a nice girlfriend.

14. It’s a holdover from another time.

I’m 30 now so it’s been a while, but at least when I was a kid it was just a holdover from a time when it was more doable. I come from a blue collar family that never had a college graduate before my generation so nobody ever had debt to worry about, we lived in the rural Midwest where decent-to-high paying jobs in manufacturing and construction were easy to come by, housing in general was cheap, it was all in all just much easier to do when my parents were that age and even easier for my grandparents (all of whom also got married at that age).

The difference with me is that my little farming town absolutely f**king boomed in population when I was growing up, and it coincided perfectly with the manufacturing jobs getting shipped out of town and the financial crash happening right as I graduated high school. I grew up expecting to leave when I was 18 but luckily my mom saw the writing on the wall and knew it wouldn’t be possible by the time I was that age, so she let me stay as long as I was working.

A lot of people in my area specifically (formerly rural, now suburban Midwest) weren’t so lucky, and had way less flexible parents who basically told them to suck it up because it was easy for them so logically it’ll be easy for you too.

So I can’t speak for America as a whole, but while it’s really not nearly as common as it used to be, when it happens in mostly white areas that used to be pretty small, it’s because it used to be easy thirty years ago and some people simply aren’t willing to recognize how different the world is and just shove their kids off to “be an adult” before they have any reasonable chance of being self sufficient.

13. Some families would never.

This only happens in families that already have other underlying issues. If you and your parents get along there is a pretty high likelyhood you are sticking around for a while. If you don’t want to get a job, dropped out of high school, and don’t help out around the house then maybe yeah they will look at giving you a kick in the pants.

A recent study found that 52% of people age 18-29 still live with their parents. This is the highest since the great depression. High cost of rent and student loans are a main contributing factor

12. They expect you to figure it out.

As a 30 something rural Midwesterner it was super common for pretty much everyone I knew. You had a few months after graduation to figure out how to get out. It was less common for kids to focus on only school or getting into college so most people I knew worked throughout high school.

Apartments were dirt cheap so you could actually afford them on minimum wage, this is so obviously not true in most places. I moved out when I was 17 because I wanted the freedom to just do whatever I wanted.

So basically agreeing, anyone could get a job at a factory so there was no reason you wouldn’t be able to support yourself at 18 (in the mind of adults). Everyone just kind of ignored that we were all total morons at that age.

11. A sad sort of story.

My dad flat out said he wanted me gone by 18 and that if I went to college I wasn’t coming back. He would have emancipated me sooner, but my mom didn’t want me to leave. Over time I’ve become convinced my dad never wanted kids especially me.

They were high school sweethearts and my mom got pregnant with my older sister when my dad was in college and at that time they had to get married. Then they had me (another girl) 4 yrs later.

Looking back on my childhood, and some key conversations with my dad and sister, him trying to emancipate me and telling me that by going to college I was on my own after that, was his way off ending his parental responsibilities toward a child he never really wanted.

10. Bootstraps and all of that.

It’s also part of our cult of rugged individualism, and connected with the myth of the nuclear family.

The idea is that once you’re an adult, you’re own your own and need to make your own way in the world.

We value the story of 18 year old struggling for years in crappy jobs and crappy apartments and rooms for rent, using their labor to one day get just enough money to buy a house and repeat the cycle.

This is especially outdated as this cycle is particularly bad at developing actual capital needed to participate in capitalism.

This also goes counter to how most people who actually succeed do it. They have a big support network that they use for debt free college, unpaid internships, and/or capital they use to start businesses.

As you note, older working class folks (boomers) think “I made it” and did not realize how anomalous their experience was. American growth was off the chart and companies were desperate for people. Now, people are just expenses and resources to be exploited. Oh, and if you don’t like it they will move your job to a country where the workers are more desperate or just automate your job away.

9. A bygone era (hopefully).

Hijacking this comment to note that this particular brand of a**holery is most prominent in the boomer “Me” generation. Most children of the Me generation are X-ers.

Post-Watergate (1974), young Americans began to receive a clear message that hedonism, narcissism, and greed were not merely acceptable traits. They were desired traits.

Here’s the general message:

“Do coke. Make money. Smoke weed. Jazzercize! Drink. If you have kids, just leave them at home to raise themselves starting at about seven. Make money. Eat more sugar, buy luxury goods, do more drugs. PTA Meetings! When you kid starts smoking weed at 14, send him to rehab. Don’t make him do his homework: it didn’t help you. He should be making money. And at 18, that f**ker can kick rocks, because now it’s time to retire at 53 with a giant pension and cruise the States in a 50-foot RV. Leave nothing to your children.”

8. Holding onto tradition.

The time period where it was relatively easy to move out at that age lasted long enough for it to become tradition. Basically the idea took hold that young adults moving out was a sign they are independent and mature enough to be on their own, which for parents was a sign of success. If your kid couldn’t move out then it was a sign you failed as a parent. Or that the parents were “coddling” their kids rather than raising someone that could cut it in the real world. Small rural towns placed high cultural value on self sufficiency, with dependence on others as a sign of weakness.

Of course in reality was that moving out was easier then for factors completely outside of the kids’ control. A region having a large demand for labor that doesn’t require much training is a matter of global market forces and level of automation. But if it feels like this is the way it’s always been, then it’s easy for people to only focus on their small town and assume it always will be this way, with no concept of globalization of markets and automation of physical tasks.

Honestly the “make america great again” slogan for some people translates to “make the manual labor jobs reappear so my community’s way of life can remain unchanged and I don’t have to confront how complex the world is”. And the fact that there is no easy way to just “put the jobs back” doesn’t register because they don’t want that to be true.

7. The times are changing.

Adult children living at home has been going up since the millennial generation, it’s the highest it’s been in 60 years

6. It’s a double-standard.

My ex boyfriend’s take on this was that he would have paid for them to live at his house up to 16 (get a job at 16 and pay rent) then kick them out as soon as they graduate. He said because at 18 they are an adult and all adults should take care of themselves.

Now he had crippling back pain and wouldn’t get out of bed for days, expecting others to wait on him. Its a back-a$swards thing that people do…

5. Are we so different?

What’s this compared to European countries? My theory is that the reason it’s been so low before was that America is pretty empty so rent/owning a house has been cheap, and now it’s getting to the point where anywhere near cities is too built up to do the same now.

Europe (and Asia I think) has always been like this and the idea of staying with your family, usually because it’s cheaper (and also looking after family)

4. It’s not everyone.

I’m 27 and my dad keeps on asking me to stay. “our strength is in our numbers” he has always said.

3. Extenuating circumstances.

In our circumstance, we said to our 18 year old son, “You can’t have your girlfriend over to our house while we’re at work and have loud s^x with her while your little sister is home. Give your sister some money and send her to the park for an hour, take her to her grandparents’ house, SOMETHING. This is not okay.”

“Junior, we told you not to do this. Your girlfriend’s moaning and wailing is embarrassing and upsetting. Stop it. This is our house, these are our rules: no loud s^x while your sister’s home. Go to your girlfriend’s house. Get a hotel room.”

“Junior, if you do this one more time, we’re going to kick you out, we’re serious. This is not your house, you pay no rent. We decide what goes on in our house, and this loud moaning and s^x talk cannot go on while your little sister’s home. If you disrespect us and your sister again, you’re out. Do you understand?”

He left us no choice.

Well, she did, really. All she had to do was be quiet, for Christ’s sake.

2. A setup for failure.

My grandmother kicked me out when I was 19. I was working at taco bell for. 7.25 an hour. Gave me 3 months to save up and move out. Kinda impossible making that little. Plus I had to pay for school out of pocket.

Slept outside for 2 days. Called crying asking to come back. She said nah, it’s time you learn how to be a man.

And I never went back. Maybe cause I didn’t talk to her lot or interact socially, But I still think it was f**ked up. Roadmap for failure in the future.

1. Parsing words.

A bit of context you’re missing is that in America, it is/was expected that you move out when you’re 18.

This is a bit of an artifact from a couple decades ago. But the idea was, nobody wanted to stay at home after 18. You turned 18, you were done with school, you could get a job and your own place, have some freedom, live your life.

Compare and contrast to some cultures where you’re expected to live with your parents until you get married. That idea is stifling to many Americans.

Now, all that is different than being kicked out at 18. But that’s the context. Now take a family that has issues, parents who are struggling or abusive in some way, they’ll go “you’re 18, this is America. Get out!”

I kind of love these discussions, I’m not gonna lie.

Did your parents kick you out at 18? Did they have another deal with you? Tell us your experience in the comments!

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Tweets About Midwestern Folks That Are Right on the Money

I no longer live in the Midwest, but I still have great memories of spending a lot of my time growing up in Illinois and Kansas. There’s just something special and unique about that part of the country.

And, who knows, I might end up back there someday…you just never know…

If you’re from there, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

So let’s quit with the chit-chat and celebrate the Midwest, shall we? Enjoy!

1. This is very true.

I’ve seen it myself many, many times…

2. It’s just the way it is.

Don’t try to figure it out. It’ll drive you crazy.

3. Bacon is life in the Midwest.

And don’t you forget it!

4. Oh yes, I know that spot.

It’s the guiding light for everyone.

5. We like to get down and roller boogie!

You gotta get on board with this one!

6. It’s a staple of every household.

Brings back a lot of memories.

7. We’re a casual people…

So don’t try to hurry us!

8. Yeah, that’s kind of a weird one…

No explanation for that one.

9. Just end it already!

Enough is enough, okay?

10. I can confirm this.

Even if it’s a five-hour flight.

11. It’s not close enough yet.

Nothing to worry about!

12. It’s nice and balmy outside.

You don’t even need a jacket.

Hey o! Those are great!

We could all use a little bit of laughter right now, don’t you think?

And now it’s your turn, amigos.

In the comments, share some more funny Midwestern observations with us. We’d love to hear from you!

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Funny Tweets About Being From the Midwest

I think I know what you’re doing here…you grew up in the Midwest and, even though you might not live there anymore, you still have an affinity for that special part of the country.

Well, at least that’s my story. And that’s why I love these Midwest memes so much! They remind me of growing up and all the great times I had with my friends.

And I still get to go back a lot, so I know the Midwest will always be waiting for me!

Enjoy these memes and please, pass the Ranch!

1. Pass the melk, please.

Yeah, that’s a weird one.

2. The classic garage fridge.

A staple of every Midwestern household.

3. This is true.

It’s just the way it is, okay?

4. Okay, buh-bye now!

It’s in our DNA. Deal with it!

5. Ope! Sorry about that!

Have you heard this one before?

6. It’s part of the uniform.

Camo for days, baby!

7. There is no excuse for this.

No excuse at all!

8. It is quite popular, there’s no denying it.

I’m more of a Sierra Mist person.

9. No need to do that.

We’re all looking at the same thing here!

10. Just can’t collecting them for some reason.

You never know when you’ll need one.

11. Don’t even start with me, okay?

Ranch is life!

12. Because it does solve every problem, okay?

No need to argue about this one.

13. I’m just sayin’…

It’s part of our vocabulary for some reason…

Are you a Midwesterner?

If so, what did you think of these tweets?

Talk to us in the comments and share your thoughts. Thanks!

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