Jeanne Manford: She Raised the Flag for Tolerance

Back in the early 1970s, when being gay was still widely considered both a mental illness and a crime, Jeanne Manford got a phone call late one night in Queens, N.Y. It was a police officer, who informed her that her son Morty, a student at Columbia University, had been arrested. “And you know,” the officer told her in an ominous tone, “he’s homosexual.” The response from Manford, a normally soft-spoken schoolteacher, was blunt. “I know that,” she said. “Why …

The Takeaway: Young Adults Think Happiness Comes With Age

In a new survey of 18 to 29-year-olds, almost 60 percent said “adulthood will be more enjoyable than my life is now.” Awesome, right? Seems encouraging that the young folks of today don’t expect happiness to decrease with age. But after reading that statistic a few more times, the weird part jumped out at me. Did you notice it?

The Takeaway: Parents Helping Less With Education Costs

Mark this as one more way in which the Great Recession has affected Americans’ financial planning: Parents are contributing less to their children’s college costs than they did just a few years ago, according to a recent poll. In addition, more college students are living at home with parents to save money.

Grandparents: 5 Ways to Deal With a Bully (or Bullied) Grandchild

Bullying has been in the news far too much lately. It’s heartbreaking, life-changing and all too often life-ending. What constitutes bullying and how prevalent is it? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2009 that 20 percent of high school students nationwide experienced bullying. The National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics reports 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 experienced bullying in 2008-09.  The federal government-run website, www.stopbullying.gov, defines bullying as: Bullying is unwanted, …

The Takeaway: New Retirement Savings Route; Discussing Weight With Kids; Ethics of Alzheimer’s and Divorce

The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems this week proposed letting companies that lack their own employee pension plans buy into public retirement funds via the Secure Choice Pension … A new survey conducted by WebMD and the nonprofit Sanford Health found parents would rather discuss the birds and the bees with their kids than weight … And broadcaster Pat Robertson tells viewers it’s okay to divorce a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease.

Six Rules to Parenting: It’s Not as Bad as You Think

There are several questions that Sean and I get asked each and every time we speak. One question is how accurate was The Blind Side? Very; my three kids left the theater and in reference to Sandra Bullock’s performance said, “great there are two of them running around now.” My rhetorical question was, “Is there a problem with that?” The next question is, “What type of parenting skills did you use to raise three good kids? What was your plan?” …