Baby Boomer Retirement Trends

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Baby Boomer youth didn’t look much like our parents’ or grandparents’ youth. Baby Boomer retirement isn’t going to look like theirs, either.

We just always have to be different, don’t we?

Of course, not all of the trends that we Baby Boomers will need to face in our retirement feel that entire active. Job security is dead, and so are pensions. In their place, we Boomers are faced with falling property values, damaged investment portfolios, and a system that seems to promote an “every person for themselves” kind of mindset.

It’s hardly the “Age of Aquarius,” is it?

On the other hand, though, we Boomers have a lot of strong, encouraging things going for us. For one thing, we can expect to live much longer after retirement than our parents or grandparents did. Today’s financial planners plan for a lifespan of 90 to 95 years!

And with medical science, knowledge of proper nutrition, and the introduction of complementary modalities like Yoga and acupuncture, our generation is going to be healthier in our retirement, too.

Yes, many of us have financial challenges ahead of us as we plan for and enter our retirement. But Boomers also have a lot of tools to meet those challenges. I’d like to talk about one of those tools here. It’s called the Internet, and if you let it, this tool will totally change how you go about your retirement. I dare you to try calisthenics, here’s where you can get started:

I can’t say enough about how the Internet has changed things. And since you’ve found this article, I probably don’t have to-you’re already using the ‘Net! But did you know that the Internet has made it easier than ever to own and operate your own business?

If you think that you can’t own a retirement business because you don’t believe that you’ve got the time or the money to invest, think again. Some Internet companies only cost a few hundred dollars to set up others just a few thousand. And as for time, with an Internet business, you’re not trading your time directly for money anymore.

You post the content, and then that content works for you when you’re reading, vacationing, and sleeping it like having a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week workforce that you don’t have to pay or manage! Do you think you can spare a consistent 10 or so hours a week in your retirement on something that will help finance that retirement? I didn’t think so!

Another great thing is the variety of Internet businesses you can own. You can do network marketing on the Internet or be an affiliate marketer. You can convert one of your hobbies into a business. Or you can use your expertise and create e-books, videos, and other materials that people need to improve their lives.

That way, you can use your retirement to help others even as you’re helping yourself.

The fact is, Baby Boomer retirement doesn’t have to be a matter of shutting ourselves away in “old folks’ homes” and never coming out except when the kids visit. We don’t have to take up the bridge or spend our nights in front of the TV unless we want to. Instead, Baby Boomer retirement can look an awful lot like the rest of our lives except during our second lives; we can have the freedom to do whatever we want!


The Unbreakable Laws of Grandparents

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When welcoming a new grandchild into the world, you naturally believe that you will have at least some say in the rearing of this little bundle of joy as far as it is well concerned.

You are wrong.

I am sorry, but no matter how fiercely you love your new grandchild, you will have absolutely no say in how that child is raised. This is a very common phenomenon, and there are several books on the subject of helping new grandparents adjusting to their children taking the reins in the raising of their children.

To help you cope with this new time, and to help keep the hurt feelings to a minimum, here are a few rules to bear in mind.

1. Keep Quiet

Your opinions are neither wanted nor welcomed so that you know. Not even if you are asked for your opinion on something should you state your full and unbiased opinion: your children are likely stressed, sleep-deprived, and fed up with everything that tries to defy them, so telling them something helpful that you think they also want to hear is important.

To be clear, your children will assume you know absolutely nothing about childbearing. Even though you raised the little urchins yourself, you will need to audition for the part of a grandparent.

Which leads me to…

2. Know That Your Grandchild is NOT Your Grandchild

Not yet, anyways.

As stated above, you will need to show off your expert childrearing skills before your children – who love you always, and never forget it –will even begin to trust you with their child.

DO you hold them right? Do you know when to and not to burp them? Do you know that you shoulder never put a child down on their stomach?

You will make mistakes, and you will have to earn their trust back. And then you’ll have to renew their faith, like license plates.

3. Learn the New Rules of the World

Parenting has changed in the years since you raised your kids, and indeed, the world has as well. Things that were only spread through word of mouth are now available in seconds over the internet, and so things that you would have thought perfectly fine or completely out of the question are now flipped.

Don’t hold your baby too much? Studies show that holding your baby promotes brain development. Shove a soother in their mouths? That gives kids buck teeth.

Most young adults know more little trivia from the internet about childrearing than you can shake a stick at, and your hard-won knowledge you gained from experience just don’t compare in their minds.

4. Stay Up to Date With Your Life

Don’t get so swept up in the new life your kids are trying to raise that you forget about your own. So many people get caught up in their grandchildren that they forget about what’s going on with them themselves.

Always do your best to maintain your sense of self-worth and well-being, and don’t let your grandchildren take precedent over things like bill payments or other things. They’ll still be there when you’re done. For men and women over 40, look for alternative activities such as yoga. Check out yoga for weight loss for beginners. Yoga has many benefits and is easy enough for older ladies and gentlemen.


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