“It’s getting out of hand”: Gen-X Mom’s Viral Rant About the Struggles of Today’s Youth

Jessica McCabe, a 51-year-old retired US Air Force mom from Alabama, recently voiced her concerns about the challenges faced by today’s youth, particularly her own children.

This garnered significant attention and sheds light on the stark differences between the experiences of her generation and those of her children.

You’re about to find out why.

The World Has Changed

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Jessica begins by expressing her helplessness as a parent. She recalls teaching her children the values she grew up with:

“you work hard, you get a good job, you’re gonna get the things in life that you need.”

However, she quickly realizes that this formula no longer holds true. She states,

“I am so tired of feeling helpless as a parent… because the world has f*%**** changed.”

Struggling vs. Drowning

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Distinguishing the struggles of her generation and the current one, Jessica notes that while her generation faced challenges, they always saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

In contrast, she observes,

“It seems like kids today, no matter how much they struggle, they just get further and further down.”

Real-Life Examples

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Jessica shares personal anecdotes to highlight the gravity of the situation. Despite having a degree and a full-time job, her son had to move back home due to exorbitant rent prices.

She questions,

“Why are one-bedroom studio apartments almost $2,000 a month. Why?”

Similarly, despite working tirelessly, her daughter faces challenges with her mortgage and unexpected costs.

The Resounding Echo

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The comments on Jessica’s video resonate with her sentiments. Many young individuals expressed gratitude for her acknowledgment of their struggles.

Parents also shared similar experiences, with one stating,

Nothing that worked for me as a Gen X works for my kids. The rules are stacked against them.”

A Call for Change

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Jessica’s message is clear: the younger generations need support, not criticism. She emphasizes the importance of generational living to foster generational wealth.

Passionately stating,

“It’s not a ‘handout’ if your kids are an active member of society… It’s called a ‘HANDUP’.”

She also calls for political reforms, stressing the need for representatives who truly understand the challenges faced by working-class Americans.

Inflation’s Grip: Gen Z’s Financial Challenge

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In recent times, the financial challenges faced by Gen Z have been exacerbated by the rising inflation rates.

According to a report by NPR, Gen Z Americans are experiencing the impacts of inflation in unique and sometimes unexpected ways. The generation, which is just stepping into adulthood, is feeling particularly squeezed.

This sentiment is echoed on platforms like TikTok, where Gen Z users express their frustrations and concerns about the economy with a mix of humor and seriousness.

Furthermore, a report by PYMNTS and LendingClub highlighted in Business Insider reveals that 65% of Gen Zers are living paycheck to paycheck, a significant increase from 55% in the previous year. This rise indicates the economic pressures brought about by inflation, which surged at its fastest rate in 40 years.

While inflation affects every generation, younger generations like Gen Z are grappling with a unique set of challenges.

Many struggle to cover essential expenses, with some having as little as $1,158 saved on average. The increasing costs, especially in areas like rent in major cities, make it difficult for many in this age group to keep up.

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The video challenges the notion of these concepts as privileges, advocating for them to be seen as the norm rather than exceptions.

Trust me; you’ll want to hear this.

8 Things Young Generations Do That Confuses Older People

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Here’s eight things about the younger generation that older people don’t understand.


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  1. npr.org/2022/09/30/1126282701/gen-z-is-feeling-the-impacts-of-high-inflation-extra-hard
  2. businessinsider.com/broke-gen-z-living-paycheck-inflation-living-costs-economy-2022-2

This article was produced and syndicated by Viral Chatter. It was inspired by this video:

@that1crazy72 Its no wonder there is a mental health crisis amoung the younger generation..and to make matters worse most cant afford to get treated and if they do they are told to “get a better job” what happened to the middle class just wanting to make w decent living? #housingcrisis #mentalhealth #americandream #rent #longervideos #howtoretire ♬ original sound – That1crazy72

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