ABOUT Gen X Girls:
I'm Erin Mantz, a Gen X girl, and creator and editor of this "Gen X Girls Grow Up" blog. I'm also the Editor of the book Hey, Who's In My House? Stepkids Speak Out (Motivational Press 2015). I am a writer, communications professional and working mom (is there any other kind?) of two active boys, ages 13 and 17.
My work has been published in The Washington Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul Parenting, Huffington Post Divorce and Parenting, Washington Parent Magazine, the New York Post, Bethesda Magazine, Suburban Misfit Mom, Manifest Station and more. I served as Editor-at-Large for Washington Parent and appeared on NBC News 4 in Washington, DC. I currently work in communications in the tech industry in the Washington, DC metro area. I attended the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, was born and raised in Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood, and attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, IL.
I loved growing up in the Eighties. I don't think we should be referred to as the "Slacker Generation." I am proud to have been a latchkey kid. And I refuse to let our generation be treated like a "neglected middle child." We've heard all of this. We're doing just fine. Even if we still haven't found what we're looking for...(Thank you, Bono, for giving us the #BestU2Years).
Gen X Girls is not about:
Millennial-bashing (we need and can learn from one another - in the workplace and in life!)
Just parenting or being moms (while that's a HUGE part of our identities - for many of us - we are are more than that)
Complaining without pondering how to make things better