It has become all too clear to me that the university students who I teach now are far closer to my children’s age than they are to my age. Twenty years ago, when many of them were born, I was starting college myself.For the large part, freshmen entering college this fall weren’t alive before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. They were only preschoolers when Facebook became mainstream. They were in elementary school when the first iPhone was released. They are part of the Gen Z, a [...]
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It’s been said that millennials are different from the older generations, because they aren’t as into material possessions.Apparently, the generation of young adults, largely born between 1981 and 1996, don’t collect things, don’t want an expansive, lush yard or large house. They don’t want the formal dining rooms like their parents have and don’t want the formal china passed down from the grandparents.When it comes to home buying, approximately [...]
Nearly one in five school-age children in the U.S. is considered obese, a number that has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Reasons for childhood obesity are varied, including eating habits and amount of physical activity, how much sleep a child gets, metabolism and genetics, and what kind of community a child lives in - whether it’s safe for the child to play outdoors.With a rise in popularity of smartphones and tablet [...]
Dress codes are misfortunate for many awkward, growing kids - specifically for girls. At 13 or 14, I hadn’t yet reached my full 6-foot height and yet my feet were already the size of small submarines and my arms and legs were like long, lanky noodles. It took a few years for my painfully short torso to catch up with the rest of me.I now pity my mother, who had the challenge of finding shorts that were long enough so that they were 2 inches below my fingers. My arms were so long in [...]