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Mary W. Quigley


Mary W. Quigley, a journalist and author, has written two books about motherhood and work. An NYU journalism professor, she is the mother of three adult children, and blogs at

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Tips for Empty Nesters on Selling the Family Home

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyLast spring Cathy and Gary Chester put their ranch home in Morris County, N.J., on the market. Come August, the house is unsold and Cathy admits that she’s enjoying another summer in the home that the couple built 21 years ago. What saddens her is the prospect of closing a chapter in her life. “This is where — young, married, pregnant with my son — I started a new part of my life that ends when I sell the house,” …

A Millennial’s Hard Look at Grandparents’ Generation

Posted on 08/12/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyTaking too long at the checkout line or driving too slowly? Many seniors may not think so, but chances are millennials will let them know by sighing heavily or hitting the horn. That’s according to a Canadian survey that found a “growing intolerance toward seniors” by millennials, with one-third believing that seniors should not get any special treatment. So does that mean that “Millennials Are Scared of Seniors,” as columnist J.M. Henderson wrote in Forbes? She points to the cultural …

Here Is Why You Should Share Family Stories

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyIn 1902, 16 years old and alone, my grandmother set sail from Cork, Ireland, to a new life in America. She landed in New York and found work as a maid with a wealthy family whose physician suggested she train as a nurse. She didn’t have a high school diploma but talked her way into nursing school. After graduating, she joined the Red Cross and was deployed to French hospitals near the front lines of World War I. Terrified by …

Shouldn’t Parents Have Fun at Weddings, Too?

Posted on 07/29/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyMay through October is peak wedding season, and because receptions can get repetitive, bride and groom often try to make their day distinctive. Sometimes the parents of the couple, often contributing part of the $30,000 average cost of a wedding, want to put their stamp on the event, too. But proceed with caution. There’s a good reason for those traditional rules of etiquette for the parents, says wedding planner Sandy Malone, the star of TLC’s “Wedding Island” reality show. “It’s …

Why More Generations Are Living Under One Roof

Posted on 07/21/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilySo much for the empty nest. For decades, older Americans have shared the same roof with their adult children. Since the recession, millennials started boomeranging home, and staying and staying, often into their early 30s. In 2012, in fact, a record 57 million Americans — or 18.1 percent of the nation’s population — lived in multigenerational family households. That’s double the number in 1980, according to a new Pew Research Center study. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter The multigenerational …

How to Enjoy a Vacation With Your Adult Children

Posted on 07/15/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyFamily vacations run the gamut from a mountain cabin shared with mice and other creatures to a retirement celebration in Hawaii. As we jump on planes, trains and automobiles for multigenerational summer sojourns, what can we do to guarantee five-star success? I consulted three experienced family vacationers who’ve traveled near and far with adult children and grandchildren in the toddler-to-teen range. All agree that planning is essential. Who pays for what — transportation, meals, rentals, activities — must be discussed …