Sandwich generation

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The Perfect Christmas Gifts

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl About Mommy-in-the-Middle: The voice behind Mommy-in-the-Middle, Lorraine Duffy Merkl is the author of the novel, Fat Chick. She is also a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and many other publications. “What do you want for Christmas?” I asked. “New... more

Which Celebrity Are You?

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl About Mommy-in-the-Middle: The voice behind Mommy-in-the-Middle, Lorraine Duffy Merkl is the author of the novel, Fat Chick. She is also a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and many other publications. Debra Winger, Christie Brinkley, Lorraine Duffy Merkl. One of these... more

Sandwich generation: 9 tips for managing your unique stress

The "sandwich generation" is made up of the people who are both taking care of their children and helping their aging parents. Predictably, this causes a lot of stress. At times, it can feel impossible to manage everything. You're only one person, after all! "I don't think I... more

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No, No, No

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl About Mommy-in-the-Middle: The voice behind Mommy-in-the-Middle, Lorraine Duffy Merkl is the author of the novel, Fat Chick. She is also a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and many other publications. Sometimes I wonder if my children will ever draw inspiration... more

Sandwich Generation Role Reversal

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl About Mommy-in-the-Middle: The voice behind Mommy-in-the-Middle, Lorraine Duffy Merkl is the author of the novel, Fat Chick. She is also a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and many other publications. My mother used to take care of my 16-year-old son... more

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Review of "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake"

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl About Lorraine Duffy Merkl: Author of the novel, Fat Chick and a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Lorraine Duffy Merkl lives and breathes her role as attentive mom and daughter perched inside The Sandwich Generation. “We are the first generation... more

My Mom, My Neighbor

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl About Mommy-in-the-Middle: The voice behind Mommy-in-the-Middle, Lorraine Duffy Merkl is the author of the novel, Fat Chick. She is also a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and many other publications. My mother lives across the street from me. Over the... more

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My Mother Told Me So

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl About Lorraine Duffy Merkl: Author of the novel, Fat Chick and a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Lorraine Duffy Merkl lives and breathes her role as attentive mom and daughter perched inside The Sandwich Generation. I know the year ahead... more