the new normal

by rantywoman

http://www.forbes.com/sites/sylviaannhewlett/2011/09/14/does-no-kids-equal-no-life/

While childless Xers certainly sympathize and support the special challenges facing parents, they would like their lives outside work celebrated too – or, at least, respected. Some of our interviewees lamented the difficulty of caring for a dog or getting to the gym when kids provide the only legitimate cover for leaving the office at a reasonable hour. “I don’t begrudge my colleagues with children,” one financial services professional admits, “but I’d like someone to acknowledge that I have a life outside work, too.”

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As choosing not to parent becomes “the new normal” for Generation X, their employers need to make sure that childless Xers aren’t relegated to second place in the war for work-life balance. Otherwise, they risk losing the fathers and mothers of their own future.

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