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Did We Teach, Teach them Well?

June 23, 2017

I have to say, we Baby Boomers can be a self-satisfied lot. There are all kinds of posts out there about how we did just fine with spankings, wooden toys that didn’t do anything, no car seats or even seat belts for that matter. Bad TV, bad diets, flammable pajamas, DDT, baby oil instead of sunscreen, none of that had a deleterious effect on us, right? We’re just fine, you young whippersnappers.

And if you Millennials had had it a bit harder like we did, walking uphill in the snow to school both ways, you wouldn’t be so lazy, entitled and clueless.

But take a second look, my friends. Our blessed Millennials may be gurus you will want to be looking to in the future. Here are my top six reasons why:

  1. Millennials don’t work at a job for 30 years that they hate. They don’t even do it for 20 years, 10 years, or even 5 years. They know that’s stupid. If you have to work for that many years, you might as well try and be happy about going to work.

    They know what to do with this!

  2. They are saving more money than we ever did.   According to The Christian Science Monitor, they are better at saving and wiser about it. Money magazine agrees. You think you’re so smart? You will be happy when your Millennials can throw a few bucks to your home-health aide to keep you out of a nursing home because you didn’t save any money.  They will be too, because they don’t want to be your home-health aide.
  3. Our kids work pretty darn hard, harder than we did. According to the Boston Globe, Millennials are workaholics, probably because they are in jobs that they like. Since they are not willing to stay in a job that makes them miserable, they work harder when they find jobs they like. And they keep looking. So maybe that search for happiness isn’t so selfish after all.

    They really like babies!

  4. Millennials actually value their work-life balance, according to Forbes. Even though they may be workaholics on one hand, on the other hand, they are known for taking pay cuts to have a work life balance. When they have families they want to be with them. This is a big plus, especially since they are saving more than any other generation before them.
  5. They do and know how to embrace technologyAdweek tells us that they are ever-willing to learn new things. As technology is speeding us up every day, we better have someone to help us with it. I don’t know about you, but I try and find a 12-year-old every time a new app comes out or I can’t figure out how to use my iPhone.
  6. They’re pretty freakin’ smart. Even as we have bogged them down with unimaginable student debt, they listened to us about education. They are the most educated generation ever.  I like being surrounded by smart young people. Although just this week my daughter chastised me for ‘mansplaining’ something to her. I corrected her immediately: “I’m not mansplaing, I’m MOMSPLAINING.” That’s always acceptable.

So stop bad-mouthing Millennials. First of all, you raised them. Aren’t you proud of anything they’re doing? Secondly, look closer, they actually have their shit together. In many ways, much more than Baby Boomers. Finally, respect, people. Remember when you were 25 and your parents wondered if you had listened to anything they said? Millennials listened alright, and they took what they needed and left out the bad advice.

To Millennials:  We’re still your parents, don’t get all up in our grills, either.

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Cathy is the author of Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial Caregiver  and

Who Moved My Teeth?


cathy sikorski

After more than 25 years of caregiving and Elder Law, Cathy writes about the comedy of caregiving in her blog; "You just have to Laugh..."She is the author of "Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial (killer) Caregiver" published by HumorOutcasts Press in 2015.

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12 Responses to Did We Teach, Teach them Well?

  1. June 26, 2017 at 7:33 am

    As you know I am a big fan of the millennials. I love they are not doormats for corporations and they take their work ethic very seriously. I also like that they understand there is more to life than work! That makes them all around good people with a lot of heart. They take a lot of crap from people who say they are shallow, but I never found that to be true. They have lived through so much from 9/11 to the great recession to whatever hell now is. I think they deserve a ton of credit.

  2. Bill Y "The Legend" Ledden
    June 25, 2017 at 6:08 am

    The Millennial Falcon rocks.

    • June 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Calling a Spade a spade, Bill Y.

  3. Bill Spencer
    June 24, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Thank you for this X-planation of Generation WHY?

    • June 26, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Happy to help a Baby Boomer who gets is Alpha-bits Gen mixed up!

  4. June 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    My kids constantly amaze me. My daughter started working at 16 and now has a high paying job she loves with lots of perks. My son has been in the Air Force for 9 years. I was always the artistic/entrepreneurial type who flew by the seat of my pants. They seem so much more prepared for the long run than I ever was. Millenials are smart, for sure.

    • June 26, 2017 at 9:41 am

      See, Rebecca…all people have to do is just look around them. These Millennials are rocking it!

  5. June 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I like this view point. I think every generation has its pluses and minuses. No one gets a free pass or a life of ease.My nephews are both in this age group and they definitely have had their challenges, unique to these times and their ages.

    • June 23, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Yes, and we need to give them credit. We, too were considered lazy and crazy by the generation before us!

      • June 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm

        Oh MAN, were we ever considered crazy! LOL!

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