I love my dad, but it’s so frustrating to talk about how the world has changed because he’s been somewhat shielded from these changes due to his education attainment, allowing him to have a great job with decent benefits and pay and great job security. He was able to provide for 2 kids and my Mom without her working, but he does agree with me that you almost need to have 2 parents working to raise a kid nowadays, and he does know the struggles of working low-income jobs since he decided to go back to school to get his masters and doctorate for better job prospects, but I think he’s lost sight of the struggles he had to go through 20+ years ago.
My dad is quite similar. I love him too, but it’s a waste of time to try to convince him that young adults have it harder these days. He loves to remind me that his first job out of high school paid him $3 an hour, and he was able to buy land and build a house on that wage, so why can’t these lazy kids do it today? I plugged that into an inflation calculator and told him that’s the equivalent of making ~$19 hour today…and he had zero student debt, which is what shackles so many young adults to poverty because he never went to college.