Why Won’t Boomer Parents Listen to their Millennial Children?

8 min readMar 17, 2020

The Coronavirus is targeting the Boomer population and America isn’t prepared. We need Bernie Sanders now more than ever.

Frustrated with the lack of information getting out to the public, I began a group text message several days ago.

And I made the choice to include my Boomer parents and other Boomer relatives.

I already knew my anti-social, self-absorbed parents would be annoyed that I would dare disrupt their daily lives to discuss Coronavirus, a deadly viral pandemic and the 2020 presidential election.

I mean, who cares, right about such trivial things? I would guess that a lot of people would care about the Coronavirus and who will be the next President of the United States. But, no, not my Boomer relatives.

My Boomer “coasting through life” parents just can’t be bothered with the boring, serious stuff.

I used to think, when I was a kid, that my parents worked damned hard. My Mom worked for the post office after being forced out the Army due to an overpopulation of soldiers. My Dad got in trouble which caused him a bar to reenlistment (that’s the story I heard anyway).

My Dad put himself through night school and became a paralegal, a job he’s done at the same law firm, for the last 30 years.

My Mom now works for TSA, but she’s basically been able to “stay Federal” as she calls it, her entire career. She always lectured me to do the same.

Of course, as a Millennial growing up in a high tech world, I began to dream of life outside of my cubicle. I didn’t mind working. In fact, Millennials aren’t nearly as lazy as Boomers might think. We just do things differently, but we actually work a lot, even outside of the typical 9–5 hour range, plus weekends.

I know for myself, as an entrepreneur, I don’t have set office hours. I simply work whenever the work needs to get done. I’m innovative and creative running 2–3 businesses at any given time. I’m constantly challenging myself and finding ways to make a living while also be more present for my sons.

So, life might look different between Boomers and Millennials, but, I thought we’d essentially want the same things.




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