Living at Home, Again
In Recession Drives Adult Children Back Home, Minnesota Public Radio chats with a Twin Cities father of two and his wife who live with his parents while he works at a low-paying job. While the 24-year-old has “guilt about failing” to provide a better living for his family, his parents are loving and supportive. His mom says, “The absolutely best part is having our granddaughters here.” Yet she finds herself explaining to others that “It’s the new economy where people are moving back with their families. My son is not a failure because he came back.”
Meet the Parents
First it was a movie and now it’s a reality show—in your living home. The son or daughter brings home the new significant other and is looking for a stamp of approval. Sometimes it happens. Other times not.
While meeting a partner’s parents can be stressful for anyone, this can be especially true when a partner doesn’t fit the mold families had for their loved one’s mate: for instance, a partner of another race or religion, or a same-sex partner.
Go Ahead, Tell Those Stories
In Story Time The Heck With Looking Forward. There’s Value In Looking Back Ellen Graham writes,
“Along with so many other arbitrary rules for “aging gracefully,” older adults often feel pressure to stifle an unseemly interest in the past. “When I was a girl…” or “in the old days…” are phrases that tend to make the younger generation’s eyes glaze over.”
Yet sharing stories are important for connecting generations and providing an oral history of a life well lived, and lessons learned—or not—along the way.