Author Archives: phyllis

Father’s Day and the Changing Role of Dads

A big shout out to all husbands and fathers on their special day! According to Pew Research analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of dads who don’t work outside the home has doubled over the past 25 years. In 2010 this category reached its highest point-over 2 million-just after the official end of the Great Recession. Since that time the numbers are slightly lower due to a decline in unemployment. These Mr. Moms represent 16% of all at-home parents. Roughly a quarter of them report they can’t find a … Continue reading

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The Universal Appeal of Friendship

It’s apparent that friendships mean a lot to Millennials. You see it when they’re gathered in groups, enjoying beach volleyball or breaking bread at a café community table. As digital natives, their connectivity is primal – busy checking a constant stream of texts, punctuated by comments on social media. But whether we’re Millennials, Gen X or Baby Boomers, don’t we all value our friends? They’re the ones who love us even with all our quirks. And when we start a business or finish our first novel, there they are clapping … Continue reading

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Launching Your Boomerang Kids

One quarter of the 80 million Millennials have boomeranged home. It’s common in today’s society. What’s a parent to do? If your kidults have huge college loans and no job, you can’t turn them away. You may consider this generation’s long transition into adulthood a gift, with extra family time and connection. But it’s also necessary to put ground rules in place and set objectives so they’re working toward greater independence.  Readings from our library can help you navigate this transition Sometimes it feels like the only constant is change. … Continue reading

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Millennials and Marriage Advice

Millennials have been keeping their distance from one of the core institutions in our society. Only 26% of this cohort, that numbers over 80 million, is married. Compare that to other generations: 36% of Gen X, 48% of Baby Boomers and 65% of the Silent Generation  were married at the same age. According to a Pew Research Center survey, one of the main qualities most women want in a husband is a secure job. Yet the report points out that young men are increasingly less likely to be employed. And those … Continue reading

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