Mad Men in Your Family After Christmas ?

Did you just spend the holidays with your dysfunctional family and wonder- how did we get this way? Want to make a New Year’s resolution to change the rules? Family rules and how siblings behave are passed down from generation to generation . Look at your grandparents and parents era and family laws to find the key to miserable holidays.
If you watch AMC’s Mad Men , you might find your parent’s or grandparents set of rules in Don and Betty’s Draper’s era- The Silent Generation.
Don Draper, is modern depiction of a typical Silent Generation Dad . The wildly popular main character in Mad Men, fought during the Korean Conflict and came out of that war determined to ruthlessly scale the corporate ladder. Both his bizarre TV plot line experiences during the Korean War and his tortured Depression era childhood created the popular early twenty-first-century television lot of Mad Men.
In contract, Don Draper’s icy wife, Betty, even though she graduated from prestigious Bryn Mawr College, ended up a fur mode who wants to raise a brood of children.
For young women like Betty Draper , a career position was seen as un -attainable. Creating their own nuclear family remained a primary focus. Loyalty to the American way was expected – especially from children and most people who came from this generation were affluent quiet, conventional, happy members of the post-World War II corporate culture.
Children were seen not heard- like poor Sally Draper. Mom Betty has a miserably strained relationship with her three kids, particularly with her poor daughter. Sally and Silent Generation kids accepted what their parents said. But Sally’s childhood rebellion and , Don’s cheating and Betty’s and Don’s divorce in the show you can see the beginning dissolution of the family and the beginning of the Baby Boomers – who shattered all family rules.
Find out more about Don Draper’s or maybe your family’s Silent Generation rules in my You Tube segment on Mad Men- The Silent Generation


About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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