70 Percent Of Young Italians Just Can’t Cut The Apron Strings

This will put that mama’s boy you dated in perspective: Over 70 percent of Italians between the ages of 18 and 39 still live at home with their parents, according to recent statistics. Mama mia!

The government is even proposing a law to deal with these “bamboccioni,” the Italian word for “big babies.” Minister of Public Administration Renato Brunetta has suggested a law to force Italian children to leave home at age 18. “All these young people think they’re living in a free hotel and actually there’s a price they pay,” Brunetta said. “It allows their parents to keep control of them, emotionally, socially and financially — and deny them their freedom and the chance to mature.” The minister’s suggestion comes on the heels of a ruling by an Italian judge that a 60-year-old father had to keep paying a living allowance to his 32-year-old daughter. Who still lived at home. And finished school eight years ago.

The London Guardian actually spoke to one of these bamboccioni, 36-year-old Maurizio Schiavi who lives with his parents. Schiavi said he has been affected by the recession and he can’t afford to live on his own now, even though he wants to:

“I’m a good cook, but my parents are very ­traditional. My father is 77. My mother is 72. They belong to a generation in which the man went out to work and the woman looked after the house. My mother is very attached to that role and will not let anyone usurp it. If only I was allowed to cook!”

Aw, rough life! But I’ll admit, if I had a mama who insisted on making home-cooked Italian food every day, I probably would stay at home until my late 30s, too. [USA Today, Guardian UK]