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Cool, this is me.
Personally, I notice a big difference in parents my age (34)from parents that are just 10 years older.
As a gen X'er who was into the grunge thing, I can relate to this article. I am now in the corporate world with a three month old son and my entire outlook has changed. Spending time with him, and sharing the responsibility for caring for him with my wife are my utmost concerns. My wife and I combined made well over $100,000 last year, now she's a stay at home mom and we will be making considerably less. But you know what? He's worth it make sure that a stranger doesn't raise my child. It's the only way we can be sure he's raised with the right set of beliefs.
Add my beautiful Gen-X wife to the list.
This is so great and I really see the difference! I am on the cusp of boomers and xers (born '62), but always identified more with xers. I'm a latch-key kid, stay home mom, who doesn't want to be friends with my kids,I don't schedule the hell out of them and I'm strict. Winning combo if you ask me.!!
As an aging boomer, I'm delighted by this news. Now get back to work and get ready to pay my social security. :-)
Baby Boomers are a very strange anomaly. They are the Worst Generation (apologies to the many fine people who don't fit the stereotype).
So... who's working?
28 and a dad. Although my parents and the extended family are all Christian, military, and void of divorce.
Being a dad at 28 just makes me realize how happy I am to vote for Bush. Like I want Kerry to allow my kids to be killed.
This boomer agrees.
I truly understand the resentment of the Gen Xer's to the stereotypical boomers - but not all of us are so bad. In fact this article describes my husband (1955) and I (1960) in very many ways. As well as most of our friends.
Our daughter is now in 1st grade and I am going to start looking for a part-time job. I willingly made the decision to move in order to give her a better education, knowing full well that the work I had done for more than 15 years would not only not be in demand, but totally non-existant in the area we chose to move.
Another example of generation X's refusal to participate in the economy in a meaningful way. Nothing like spending a Labor Day watching a Monty Python marathon with the kids. Get a job and grow up.
I'll be the half of the couple who has the much higher earning potential, but in a field where I cannot consult or otherwise work at home. Meanwhile my husband will be more able to work part time from home. It may not be possible for when we plan to have our first child, but good daycare is just so expensive for multiple kids that we will do our hardest to let him be a stay at home dad when we're blessed with children.
We both are at the tail end of Gen-X, both from loving, intact families where both parents worked. I don't feel as if daycare was detrimental to me...I think it's sad that sometimes people assume that daycare is a horrid experience. There are really good centers around here, but they come at a steep price. So for us, it's really a financial consideration rather than a philosophical one.
The Nintendo Generation of couch potatoes are beginning to replicate.
When are the parents of these Gen-X slackers ever going to kick 'em out of the nest???
Also the way that all my "X'er" friends are much more conservative than our parents were is encouraging.
I see too many generalities in the article. It seems some people presume a status or condemn groups of people just because of the date on their birth certificate. A lot of it is contrived anyhow. I think the only significant difference is between the kids that were raised up pre TV and post TV. My brother was born in '41. His generation seemed generally better adjusted than my group born in the late 1950s. The kids born in the 60s, 70s and 80s shared with my age group the deleterious effects of the overpowering popular culture. The big difference between the kids of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s were superficial like what no-talent popular musician was being forced upon us or what ugly clothing style was afflicting our particular age. This Generation X, Q and Z garbage sociology is just a reflection of a people with too much time on their hands.