Adventures in Gen Z Adulting: Parental Guidance Required

In this episode, Dorien Morin-van Dam and I get real about their experiences as parents of young adults transitioning out of the nest. The conversation pivots to the challenges Gen X parents and their Gen Z children face, ranging from economic pressures, the boomeranging trend of adult children returning home, and the significant impact of social media. They discuss the evolving expectations on wedding costs, college education’s value, and the importance of trade careers. Highlighting their parenting strategies, they emphasize setting expectations on financial independence, teaching kids about fiscal responsibility, and encouraging them to engage in life experiences over material possessions. The dialogue also touches on the mental health concerns prevalent among Gen Z, attributing factors, and the need for parents to model desired behaviors and engage in meaningful conversations with their children. The episode closes with a call for parents to lead by example, showcasing the belief in instilling practical life skills and values from a young age.

About Dorien:

Dorien Morin-van Dam is a leading expert in organic social media and content marketing with over 13 years of experience. As a Certified Social Media Manager and Agile Marketer, she is well-versed in the latest techniques and best practices for driving engagement and results through organic social media. Dorien is an international speaker, and hosts her weekly livestream show and podcast, “Strategy Talks.” on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. You’ll recognize her on stage and online by her always-present orange glasses, a nod to her Dutch heritage.

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