Why Family Ties Unravel Between Mothers and Adult Children

That perfect Norman Rockwell tableau doesn’t always match real life around the Thanksgiving table. Throughout the holiday season, family feuds can simmer, prompting outright refusal by adult children to join the festivities. Estrangement between mothers and children is sometimes the reason for an empty seat at the table. Recent research has found that such schisms impact about 10 percent of parents and adult children. The most common cause is a clash in core values between the parent and child over …

Why Millennials Return to the Nest? They Like Living With Parents

In what the Pew Research Center calls a “return to the past,” a new study found that a growing number of young women are now living at home. About 36 percent of millennial women reside with parents, a number almost equal to the peak in 1940 when statistics were first kept. Unlike the World War II generation, many are college educated and delaying marriage. An earlier Pew survey found that record numbers of both young men and women were less likely to …

‘Hidden Heroes’ Care for Children Who Are Wounded Warriors

For most of us, Veterans Day brings parades and one-day sales. However, more than 5.5 million Americans spend every day honoring a veteran by providing hands-on emotional and physical care. “Hidden heroes” is the name given those caregivers by a Rand Corporation study. While all veterans’ caregivers carry a burden, the study found that the 1.1 million assisting post-9/11 military shoulder a particularly difficult task because many of these young vets suffer from “invisible” combat wounds. Nearly two-thirds have mental …

Politics and Millennials: Will They Vote?

Come Election Day 2016, the country will elect a new president after an endless round of campaigning and debates. How will our adult children influence the selection of the new POTUS? A quick bit of political history: Millennials were a key factor in the election of Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama won 66 percent of the youth vote and in 2012, 60 percent of those younger than 30. The millennials were critical in helping him win the electoral vote in …

Humor Column Sets Off Millennials on Twitter Rants

Can millennials take a joke? Perhaps an SNL skit or an online parody passes muster, but sometimes a topic can hit too close to home, igniting a flame war on social media. That’s what happened to Los Angeles Times humor columnist Chris Erskine when he in effect told millennials to grow up. For the last 15 years, Erskine has penned witty observations in his Middle Ages column and two humor books. A 58-year-old father of four, including three millennials, he …

Millennials in the Workplace: A Hot Topic for Comedy Writers

As a generation, our millennial children have been the target of name calling: Generation Me, trophy kids, entitled, spoiled, technology addicted, even deluded narcissists. Many of those barbs came from academics and cultural critics. Now humorists have joined in mocking this generation. In its fall premiere, Saturday Night Live ran a sketch about a fake Fox TV “workplace drama,” called The Millennials about “beautiful 20-somethings trying to find the success they are entitled to.” Miley Cyrus, in a whiny voice, …