The Slow March to Adulthood for Millennials

What defines adulthood? For boomers, the markers were education, marriage and starting a family, usually by our early to mid-20s. For our adult children, those markers often come five to 10 years later, as they take their time finishing a degree (or two) and delay starting a career, finding a life partner and having children. Even then, many don’t consider themselves full-fledged adults. That’s among the findings from a new survey of “established adults, aged 25-39” by Clark University professor …

Wisdom From a ‘Mother of the Year’

When Louise Battle’s husband died, their son was 7 and their daughter, 12. The grief was deep, but through her leadership and abiding faith, her family has not only maintained, but soared. Twenty-four years later, Dr. Battle, an ordained elder at Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C., is witnessing the fruit of her faith and diligence as she was named the D.C. region 2014 “State Mother of the Year” by American Mothers Inc., a D.C.-based national organization that …

Women Team Up to ‘Ban Bossy’ and Encourage Girls to Lead

If you’ve got a young girl in your life – a daughter, a niece, a granddaughter, a young friend – here’s a campaign you definitely should know about:  Ban Bossy. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, author of the best-selling book Lean In, has joined forces with a group of high powered women – including former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, CEO of the Girl Scouts Anna Maria Chávez,  and a host of celebrity spokespeople – to launch a public service campaign …

50+ Mommy Chronicles: Deliriously Happy, and Doubt-Filled

Should I Still Have Mixed Emotions Five Years In? I was of sound mind and body when we adopted Johannah, now 5. I’d just turned 51 and my husband, 57. We were late bloomers, marrying four years earlier-a first marriage for both of us. We wanted a family, but the doctors said my eggs were done. Multiple attempts at IVF failed. So we considered the options and decided to pursue a domestic adoption. I reluctantly dyed my hair (to appeal …

50+ Mommy Chronicles: Not From the Lens of My Upbringing

Three years into mommy-hood and each day I am learning more about myself. My own childhood upbringing certainly influenced me early on in the way I parented my 10-year old daughter, adopted from foster care. The reality is her childhood experiences are very different from mine. I had a solid family upbringing, raised as the eldest of three in a two parent family. My parents were supportive and encouraged me in all of my interests. Both working parents, my mom …

HBO’s Girls: The Millennial Dating Scene

The Sunday Styles section of yesterday’s New York Times featured an article entitled, “The End of Courtship,” about the complicated dating scene that millennials are navigating as they struggle to find a romantic partner. Last night’s first episode of the second season of Girls touched on much the same theme.  Both left me wondering how much different dating really is today from when we were that age. Ever since it debuted last year, I’ve been a huge fan of the HBO …