Category Archives: adult children

September Transitions

It’s September and another school year – for me personally, it means an exciting combination of fresh beginnings. A grandson just started high school, two nephews are now freshmen in college, a great-nephew has begun kindergarten, and I am teaching a new set of first year medical students. Are you too finding yourself in the middle of stimulating transformations? Some parents are dropping off their kids on campus and others are accepting them back home four years later as boomerangs, given the still sagging economy. If you’ve got a revolving … Continue reading

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Travel for Millennials or Their Moms

We created Her Mentor Center in 2000, 15 years ago. And way back then, before blogging was popular, women would tell us their stories and we’d share them on our website. Lately we’ve discovered that, despite all the talk about the generation gap, getting outside of the box is one ideal that Baby Boomers and Millennials share. Here’s one narrative about the lure of travel that might resonate for all: “The bad news came swiftly and unexpectedly – the office was being closed and I was out of a job. … Continue reading

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Boomerang Kids: A Cultural Shift?

According to recent Pew Research data, the national unemployment rate for 18 to 34 year olds declined to 7.7 percent in the first third of 2015. Yet now even more Boomerang Kids – many with a college degree, huge student loans and poor job prospects – are living with their parents than in the Great Recession. Millennials were hardest hit during those years and economic growth since has been slow. The 20s, now defined as Adultolescence, are considered a crucial decade when the lessons learned influence who they become as adults. Some … Continue reading

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The Positive Qualities of Millennials

If you’re the Mom of a Millennial or have a boomerang kid back home, you must know they don’t all fit into a single category. Yet the media continues to describe that generation as lazy, outspoken, with a sense of entitlement. Sure, they also mention the huge student loans, poor job market, and stagnant wages. But labels make you wonder about the credibility of the source. The financial collapse caught Baby Boomers by surprise and impacted the growth of their emerging adult children. Now, still, too many Millennials are not living … Continue reading

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