Generation X, Less Happy, Why?

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Generation X, Less Happy, Why?

Nowadays divorce is so common it's hard for people to try hard, fight through

their problems and make a marriage last when there's such an easy way out, divorce.

Marriages of earlier generations were sometimes happier, because divorce wasn't the

immediate anecdote to family or marital problems. I come to this conclusion from hearing

about my moms childhood.

My grandparents have stayed together to this day regardless of their problems

which made my moms childhood happier. One incident which illuminates my moms

childhood being happier is when my grandpa had to take care of the kids because my

grandmother was in the hospital. It was great for my mom to have her own father take

care of them instead of being left with an aunt or a close family friend.

My grandmother was told she'd be in the hospital for a couple of weeks , it ended

up being three.

This was the first time she was separated from her children, and the first

time my grandpa, the businessman, had to take care of the house and kids. All the

household duties changed and it was hectic, my grandpa had to take on the mother role.

He had to make breakfast for the kids, pack their lunches, go grocery shopping, help with

homework and take the kids to school. My mom who was only nine was the only girl so

they made her make the beds and clear the table. Those three weeks were hell, for all of

them. For my grandpa it was difficult to take care of everything and work over forty

hours a week. For the children it was hard to be separated from mom. All my

grandmother did was worry the whole time about the kids, the house and my...