Over-60s who have raised their own children, packed them off on their own life journey and are now biding their time before the grandchildren come along are more likely than not to still be helping out their offspring in everyday tasks.
Research from Churchill Home Insurance found one in five parents of 20- and 30-something adults still get asked for help with washing, cooking or cleaning, while a similar proportion get roped in to making appointments for their adult children.
Shockingly, 13 per cent of over-50s still buy and sign Christmas or birthday cards and presents on behalf of their grown-up son or daughter.
Psychotherapist Christine Webber, who wrote Too Young to Get Old: The baby boomers' guide to living life to the full, explained that those in their 60s were born in the "harsh austerity" of the post-war years.
"Once they became parents themselves, they vowed to be much more in tune with their kids and more affirming and helpful and often devoted themselves to smoothing their way through the world," she pointed out.
"But now we have a situation where they are heavily subsidising their grown-up offspring, both in terms of time and money. Indeed, many mid-lifers remark that when they go out on family outings it never seems to occur to their children – who are often in their 30s or 40s – to pay for anything. And though they realise that today's young adults need financial help and other types of assistance too, trouble can arise when they feel that they are taken for granted."
The problem seems worse when you take into account that many over-60s are planning not to retire because of the current economic situation, while six per cent of 45-65-year-olds believe they'll never give up work, according to a recent report from Standard Life.
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