Sandwich Generation - Parenting Kids and Parents

  The so-called Sandwich Generation is caught between a rock and a hard place. Comprising people in their 40s and 50s, the Sandwich Generation find themselves responsible for both their elderly parents and their children. Unfortunately, this occurs during yet another challenging economic period. Many members of the Sandwich Generation can't support themselves in the current economy, where full-time jobs with benefits are hard to come by. Some in the Sandwich Generation also still have minor children for which they're responsible. Many of the minor children also include college age children, which is another financial strain. At 47%, almost half of those from 40 to 59 in the United States are facing the challenge of supporting two other generations besides themselves. Out of that age group, just about three-quarters are providing at least some support to their adult children. What's more, this generation has already weathered several financial setbacks. Many in the Sandwich


As a seasoned educator, I have relished in the moments to teach again.  However, I did not think it would come to fruition in this manner.  We left for a family vacation that has been planned for over a year on March 6th knowing that Asia and parts of Europe were dealing with the Corona Virus.  As events started to unfold, we started making plans for changes when we would arrive home.  Then, we couldn't get home.  What was going to be a Friday departure ended being a Tuesday departure with all new custom protocols, including possible temperature checking.  Additionally, while out of the country, our amazing governor enacted wise precautions ranging from restaurant guidelines, gathering limits, and closure of schools for two weeks.  My mind began racing with possible learning opportunities for my 11-year-old son.  I started to dream about hooking up to the airstream and venturing off until I truly understood the impact this virus could have on him.  He was born with bronchial issues