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A Moment Between Mothers

Wendy Cray Kaufman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Wendy Cray Kaufman

Someday, I will be the old woman in a parking lot who walks up to an overwhelmed mother juggling two small children, bags of groceries and a cart that won't stay put.

A Bubble Generation: The Millennials, Generation X, and Historical Amnesia

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Christine Henseler

It is time we recognize the impact that Generation Xers across the globe have had on the Millennials' outlook on life, work, politics, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, activism or culture. Let's not sell our Millennials short. Let's add nuance and perspective to the conversation. Let's burst that bubble, shall we?

Dear Family Whisperer: Overcoming 4 Difficult Truths About Your Grandchild's Parents

Melinda Blau | Posted 08.07.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

When our children have children of their own, we have to remember that their lives are not ours to live. Your son has "the right" to circle the wagons around his family, but not to be rude and inconsiderate.

Dear Family Whisperer: You Can't Go Home but You Can Grow Up -- Here's How

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

With grandparents staying active and healthy longer, many families are trying to figure out how to have stress-free three-generation gatherings.

A Warning For Parents Of Millennials

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

All of us should be very concerned about the picture that's emerging around two of the most profound choices today's young adults will face, marriage and parenthood, because they are bearing the next generation of children.

Why I Fear We're Raising A Generation Of Ungrateful Kids

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 07.24.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Kester Doyle

The other day I got into an argument with my youngest teenager. He was complaining about our family's strapped financial situation and was quick to point an accusatory finger at me. He understands that I'm a struggling writer trying to earn a buck, but he couldn't resist asking when I was going to get a real job. The argument quickly turned sour.

5 Reasons "Dating" As a Millennial Is Traumatic, Confusing and Fantastic

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Beth Leipholtz

Dating has evolved into a pressure-filled, semi-confusing, yet rewarding endeavor in which millennials participate. But what is held responsible for this shift?

Why It's So Important To Pause And Take A Breath Together On The Fourth Of July

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 07.03.2014 | Fifty
Ann V. Klotz

Independence Day. Ideals. Parades and fireworks. Big ideas counterpointed against ceremony and celebration. On July 4, I suspend my worries about our country. I dive into nostalgia, grateful for immersion in traditions free of cynicism, free of the complexity of close analysis.

I Am a Digital Dinosaur

Chuck Nyren | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Remember WordStar? WordPerfect? Apple Writer? Lotus Notes? If you don't know what these are, open up Netscape Navigator and do a search on Alta Vista.

A Generation Plants the Trees in Whose Shade Another Generation Rests

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Despite the sound public finances, robust economic growth and low unemployment over the past decade, Singapore has not successfully tackled the growing problems that have the potential to tear apart its social fabric.

5 Phenomenal Life Lessons Passed Down Through 4 Generations

Janie Emaus | Posted 08.09.2014 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

Having a grandchild while your own mother is still alive adds a new set of shared experiences to the mother/daughter relationship. I knew my mom was excited when I went into labor. She would have sold her soul to get across the country in time to see me in the hospital.

All Your Stupid Rants Against Millennials Just Make You Sound Old

Andy Bobrow | Posted 08.04.2014 | Comedy
Andy Bobrow

Each generation gets to start life one rung higher than the previous generation. That's a good thing, you old fart.

Generation X: What's in the Label?

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Christine Henseler

When punk rocker Billy Idol found "Generation X" on one of his mother's book shelves, the title seemed more than appropriate for an emerging band searching for a new identity and a rebellious voice.

Mother's Day When Your Mom Is Absent, But Not Gone

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

The simultaneous presence and absence of a mother is a dull but persistent ache that is ironically and chronically prodded on this particular day.

"What About the Men? They Need Life Outside of Work, Too"

Karyn Twaronite | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Karyn Twaronite

In short, the workplace is changing and men experience many of the same work-life conflicts as women.

What Makes a Good Mother?

Janie Emaus | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Janie Emaus

Every minute of every day, I saw her taking charge of our family life. She was the CEO, the nutritionist, the event planner, the therapist, the traffic controller, all in one.

Generational Differences

Lara M. Gardner | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Lara M. Gardner

What I miss the most about my childhood has nothing to do with the involvement or lack thereof of my parents, but of what technology has taken from us.

It's Not My Fault

Steven Clifford | Posted 04.08.2014 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

My generation is unjustly criticized. But it's not our fault. The fault lies with our parents' generation. Most of what they taught us was nonsense.

Workplace Trends to Watch in 2014

Amanda Schneider | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Amanda Schneider

While younger generations entering the workforce are pushing the envelope even further on work life balance, they are often sacrificing pay for said balance. This is causing a shift.

Generations of Women Breaking All the Rules

Tara Campbell | Posted 02.02.2014 | Women
Tara Campbell

Grams didn't have daughters of her own and now proudly watches me, her granddaughter, standing tall and doing what's right, making moves to pave the way for my own daughters. By doing this, I carry on her legacy while she watches and enjoys.

Generation 'Why?'

Aubrey Bach | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Aubrey Bach

Millennials are entering a stalled job market; many chose degrees based on their personal interests rather than their earning potential; and a large percentage also carry a skyrocketing amount of student debt. All of this contributes to a general sense of malaise.

Why I Fear for Our English Language

Janie Emaus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

Every day, I get a text with some sort of code that I can't understand. And believe me, I try to figure it out. I make up what I think the letters stand for and then hope that I'm wrong. How dare they say that?

Gen Y: You're Not "Entitled," You're Unlucky

Steve Dalton | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Steve Dalton

As a career coach, my job is to help job seekers succeed regardless of economic circumstances, but understanding my consumers and withholding judgment is a key first step. I'll call Gen Y unlucky. I'll call them victims of a bad economy. I refuse to call Gen Y entitled.

How I Discovered The Wonderful Young Man My Son Had Become

Sandra Salmans | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Salmans

My son had a week before he went back to college for what everybody fervently hoped would be his final semester. We'd traveled together, sometimes with his older sister, and had some wonderful trips. But lately it felt like the age gap was widening. He's 23, and an enthusiastic outdoorsman. I'm 64, and an ardent bookworm. So I was more than a little apprehensive.

3 Tips For Survival When Grandkids Speak The Truth

Janie Emaus | Posted 11.08.2013 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

There is nothing like being a grandparent, except perhaps sharing this experience with your own mother. Yes, we have four generations in our family, something I wouldn't trade for a second. Our grandchildren are showered with love and affection and, in return, what do they do? They give us the truth!