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How to Keep Peace at Family Gatherings

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyWe’re all familiar with the scene, especially after the Passover and Easter holidays. The extended family sits down to dinner and a grandchild starts whining that he’s not hungry or eats the mashed potatoes with her hands or takes a dive under the table. As grandparents, we’re tempted to take charge and correct the behavior, but the wisest among us won’t say a word. Still, we don’t have to feel relegated to watching the gathering descend into chaos, says Melinda Blau, …

Can Parents Strengthen Sibling Bonds?

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilySometimes I feel like an in-house publicist for my three adult children: a text to the middle son asking him to give his sister a call; an email to the oldest telling him about his brother’s time on a half-marathon; a phone call to the youngest suggesting she check in with her brothers. Why persist in trying to tighten the sibling bonds? Because adult children are often at different stages — and locations — in their lives so it takes …

Why Your Children Should Help Pay for College

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilySpring means college admissions, and we still recall the agonizing wait for the mail carrier. A thin envelope brought bad news, a thick envelope acceptance. Today, though, the “envelope” arrives via email — and that’s not all that’s changed. These days, the sticker price for private colleges starts at about $40,000 a year, going much higher for a prestigious institution; in-state schools run about half that. Nearly as soon as the anxiety on the admissions front dissipates, it’s replaced by …

Why Millennials Are Slow to Marry

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyA friend recently shared some news: His youngest child, a successful professional, was getting married in September, finally. Did he approve of the nuptials? “She’s 32,” he answered in a deadpan manner. “I’m just happy she’s getting married.” While the boomer father liked his future son-in-law, the young couple had been living together for a few years. Dad had expected them to get married a lot sooner. What were they waiting for? The couple was following the path taken by …

Choosing Home for Someone Else

Posted on 11/12/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family | Public Policy InstituteI am my husband’s guardian. I was appointed by the Vermont probate court after a court hearing over 13 years ago. He had suffered a severe stroke, was disabled and could no longer manage his affairs. Although he had lost his speech, he developed his own sign language and could make his wishes known, at least to those of us who were close to him. And he clearly wanted to go home, and to make sure, he celebrated leaving the …

The Infrastructure of Inequality

Posted on 10/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Public Policy InstitutePut people first. That was a theme of the first national Walk Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1-3. Unfortunately the message relayed by several participants was not encouraging. “I feel my life is worth less than nothing,” said one self-described vulnerable road user as she outlined the challenges of navigating our transportation system without a car. The Sunday before the Walk Summit, I was driving along a four-lane road in my neighborhood and was surprised to see a young man …