My parents would be willing to support me if I really needed it (and, while not rich, are in a much better financial position than Dan), but they still made me pay rent when I lived with them after college. Granted, it was less than I would have paid anywhere else, and I got six months after graduating before I had to start paying, but I still had to pay. (They wouldn't have kicked me out if I truly couldn't afford it, though.) There's supporting, and then there's enabling. Dan enables them to continue making bad decisions (not that he's been a great example, himself).