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Sunday Aug 28

Family and Relationships

Growing Pains

Sunday, 28 August 2016 11:33

Adulthood seems to emerge a full decade after it did for our parents. Why that's not a bad thing.

Author Q&A

A Pew survey says that most Americans believe that young adults are having the toughest time in this economy, and a majority also says that they believe that this cohort is having a harder time finding a job, buying a house, paying college tuition, and achieving other milestones, than their parents did. However, young adults are also optimistic about their prospects and futures. Author Barbara Ray, who co-wrote Not Quite Adults: Why Twenty-Somethings Are Taking a Slower Path to Adulthood and Why It’s Good for All of Us with generational expert Richard Settersten, PhD, says that the Pew results are not at all surprising. In an exclusive interview with demodirt.com, Ray explains why our notions of adulthood are ever-changing, the impact of underemployment and immobility on young people, and why, despite their many challenges, Generation Y is unflaggingly optimistic. 


Love and Marriage: Millennials and American Families

Sunday, 28 August 2016 11:33

What will American families be like in the Millennial era? 

Millennials (young Americans born from 1982-2003) are now beginning to marry and form their own families—or at least thinking about it. What will American families be like in the Millennial era? If history and generational theory provide any guide, Millennial families will be very different from the Baby Boomer and Generation X-parented families of the past four or five decades.


Marriagephobic Millennials

Sunday, 28 August 2016 11:33

While Millennials value parenthood, they are more likely to shun marriage. 



Modern 18 to 29 year-olds value parenthood above marriage, says a Pew Research survey examining generational attitudes towards marriage and family. While more than half of Millennials (52 percent) say that being a good parent “is one of the most important things in life,” less than a third (30 percent) say the same about having a successful marriage. This indicates, Pew says, a 22-point gap between the two items.



Children as Interpreters

Sunday, 28 August 2016 11:33

Who has the power when only the kids speak English  


Guest Column


Maribel Quiala, LCSW, discusses the troubling family dynamics that may develop when children are depended upon to interpret the English language for their non-English speaking parents, including the consequences of a shift in power, and its ensuing emotional consequences. Quiala is the Southeast Coordinator for the National Latina Health Network, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers  


I Don't Wanna Grow Up, 'Cause Baby If I Did...

Sunday, 28 August 2016 11:33

Young adults today have less in common with their Boomer parents than with their grandparents.   

An intriguing study from Oregon State University (OSU) has found that young adults today have more in common with their grandparents and great-grandparents than perhaps with their parents. The report suggests that their current life stage—fraught with financial insecurity, lower wages, and the need to live at home longer—mirrors that of early 20th century more than that of their Baby Boomer parents.



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