How to stand out: the differences between manners, etiquette and protocol and why they matter

Posted On August 30, 2019

Have you ever been invited to a formal dinner and didn’t know what to do? Been in a meeting and weren’t sure if it was rude to check your smartphone? Joined a conversation in progress and didn’t know how or when to introduce yourself? Our guest in a recent episode of “What’s Working With Cam […]

Categories: Education, Parenting, What's Working with Cam Marston

Having trouble adulting? Now there’s a class for that

Posted On January 22, 2019

Well, this won’t help combat the millennial stereotype: There apparently is now such a thing as “adulting classes.” According to CBS News, the classes teach life skills like cooking, sewing, budgeting and time management — you know, those things most of us learned from our parents or through our own trial and error. I can […]

Categories: Blog, Generation Y / Millennials, Parenting

Still supporting your adult children? Join the club

Posted On January 10, 2019

Have you helped your adult children with a rent payment since they moved out on their own? Covered their insurance? Helped them pay down their bills or chipped in on a down-payment for a house or car? You’re far from alone. You’re actually in the majority. Nearly 80 percent of parents continue to help their […]

Categories: Blog, Generation Y / Millennials, Parenting

My kids have no idea about the other use of a yard stick. Maybe they should…

Posted On November 1, 2018

Keeping It Real Alabama Public Radio Broadcast November 2, 2018

Categories: Keeping It Real, Parenting, Travel

AL Public Radio – Weekly Commentary – 10/19/18

Posted On October 22, 2018

Alabama Public Radio Commentary Air Date: October 19, 2018 Topic: Progress can be defined by how chickens get to your kitchen.  

Categories: Keeping It Real, Parenting

Lifeguarding isn’t just for the young anymore

Posted On July 13, 2018

They were the cool kids, the kids we aspired to be. They sat atop their chair, with their mirrored sunglasses and tan skin, twirling a whistle around their finger and reminding us, once again, to stop running and stop hanging on the rope by the diving well. One day, we told ourselves, we’ll be lifeguards […]

Categories: Baby Boomers, Blog, Parenting, Work, Workplace

I Don’t Want to Grow Up, I’m an iGen Kid

Posted On October 6, 2017

So it appears today’s teens are doing less. According to various studies and surveys, fewer of them are driving or working part-time jobs. Are they just lazy? Fewer of them are drinking, having sex or getting pregnant. Are they more responsible than previous generations at that age? In a recent piece for CNN, San Diego […]

Categories: iGen, Parenting

Another dose of adversity, please, for the kids’ sake.

Posted On December 23, 2016

Are millennials suffering from a lack of adversity? The question was posed in a headline on AL.com this week, introducing a column by Eddie Vines, a Jefferson County, Alabama district judge whose guest editorial on the website was basically a column-length version of “Get off my lawn.” Most millennials haven’t known want, Vines says, on […]

Categories: Generation Y / Millennials, Parenting

Kneepads? No way.

Posted On May 12, 2015

I heard from a friend recently whose son turned his knee the size of a grapefruit at the skate park after refusing to wear knee pads because they’d make him “look like a nerd.” And while the parent in me shook his head slowly at the youthful ignorance and vanity, the rest of me understood […]

Categories: Parenting

Frustrated by a lack of initiative from young employees? Blame the rubric.

Posted On August 12, 2014

One of the recurring themes in my discussions about working with Millennials is that you can’t hold them accountable for what they don’t know they should do. And one of the frequent counterarguments is that they need to think for themselves, show a little initiative. A college professor recently shared this article with me, which […]

Categories: iGen, Parenting

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