When it comes to generational divides, boomers and millennials go at it like two squabbling siblings. Boomers just don’t understand why this younger gen can’t do things the way they did, while millennials are saying the old ways don’t all work, so can we open our minds a bit? From marriage, to pregnancy and even punctuation, these two generations are always at odds. And while millennials don’t mind taking advice from their predecessors, here are 10 phrases boomers just need to stop saying to millennials.
1. “That's just how the world works.”
Millennials came of age through 9/11, endless wars abroad and a recession and housing market crash that made graduating from college and joining the workforce seem, well, futile. Climate catastrophe, toxic politics, racial violence and inequities, an exhausting gig economy and a global pandemic have given millennials a front-row seat to systemic failures that many boomers didn’t experience. So maybe it’s millennials who see boomers as having an unrealistic view of the world.
2. “Just take whatever job you can get.”