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March 16, 2015

Your Kids May Be Ruining Your Retirement

Illustration: Manuel Donado

Illustration: Manuel Donado

We Reboot Partners have nothing against children – we have them ourselves!  But we can’t help but agree with this recent article by Carol Hymowitz in Bloomburg Business uncovering the fact that many parents are risking their retirement savings by supporting their adult children more than is financially viable:

With real wages stagnant and unemployment among those age 16 to 24 running above 12 percent, large numbers of households continue to dole out cash to children no longer in school, covering rent, cell phones, cars, and vacations… “The more boomers put out for adult kids, the less they can put aside for themselves, which is scary as they live longer and need savings to last them into their 80s and 90s.”

Read the full article here.


October 17, 2013

October Newsletter – Three T’s to Rebooting Your Life On Vacation

This personal story from Cathy is a perfect example of The Three T’s to Rebooting Your Life on VacationTrading Your Home or Apartment, Traveling with Friends and Family, and Taking Small Risks

We write often about the importance of taking “small risks”… and what better time to do it than on vacation?  My husband and I just returned from a wonderful vacation for three weeks in Ireland.  We practiced the “Three T’s” by trading my home in Santa Fe for a week with a friends’ daughter, who has a beautiful home near Kenmare, in the Beara Peninsula in southwest Ireland.  She wanted to spend more time in Santa Fe, and we wanted a place in the remote mountains, surrounded by sheep and cows!  The house was an amazing 300 year-old stone structure that had just been renovated.  We invited friends to join us, fulfilling, the second “T” by traveling with loved ones.
While the second house we rented, an 1840s Georgian right on the Atlantic at the end of a peninsula, was through VRBO – Vacation Rentals by Owner, we met the young couple who owned it, and are planning a trade again for the future. Our friends loved the house, the peat fires, the cattle walking by our windows, and watching the roiling ocean during a gale through the front windows.  We had time to explore, shop, cook dinners, hike, and sit and read….over an extended period…. and loved it.  The communal dinners and breakfasts were some of the best.  And we definitely took risks – such as would everyone get along and were the houses what we expected?  Of course, that was nothing compared to the harrowing drives on the left side of the tiny roads in the mountains!

We all had a great time for three reasons: we were able to spend quality time with our friends, we were able to cut costs significantly by sharing a house and cooking a number of meals, and we enjoyed Ireland on a local level rather than staying in hotels and seeing only the tourist stops.
There is a growing trend of friends and family members taking vacations together in foreign countries. Trading your house or apartment makes it more fun and manageable. Go on and, to name a few, to see what delightful places there are….and invite a few friends to join you!  We are writing much more about this in our upcoming book on ways Boomers are reinventing retirement!

September 28, 2013

An incredible Family Sabbatical Story!

We were excited and inspired by this story on Daily Mail about a Floridian family who sold their house and everything they owned to take a 13 month sabbatical together, visiting all 50 states in the union!  Parents Heidi and Randy took sabbaticals from their jobs and pulled their kids out of school for this once in a lifetime adventure:

“It really was the trip of a lifetime. We didn’t want our kids to learn about America through text books, we wanted them to experience it.”

The Martin family planned for three years beforehand for their sabbatical – the kind of intense planning process we Reboot Partners suggest for getting the most out of your time off.

Read the full article and get inspired for your own family sabbatical!


August 22, 2013

Family Sabbaticals – How to Do It

We were thrilled to find this inspiring and informative article about the meaningful benefits of taking a sabbatical with your family and how to do it by Chris Taylor, Reuters.  Taylor tells the story of many parents who are saving up for years to take a mid-life sabbatical – or a “mini-retirement,”with their children, using the kind of thorough planning we recommend in our book.

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The article also confirms what we know about the more and more Companies Who Get It:

Sixteen percent of employers now offer unpaid sabbaticals, up from 12 percent in 2009, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2013 Employee Benefits Survey. Another 4 percent even offer fully paid sabbaticals as a juicy perk.

Read the full article here and start making your plans!

April 17, 2013

Reboot Recommends – Tales from a Family Adventurer

Author and Family Adventurer Charles R. Scott was an Intel executive who took two sabbaticals. The first time he went back to Intel, and the second time he left to become a writer and is now a public speaker on sabbaticals with kids.

imagesHe is the author of the recent book Rising Son: A Father and Son’s Bike Adventure across Japan.  In the book and in his talks, he shares entertaining and sometimes harrowing stories from the adventurous family endurance challenges he has taken with his two young children across Japan, Iceland, and Western Europe.  He offers encouragement and tools to the audience to come up with their own adventures, unshackle themselves from sedentary living, too much stress, self-imposed limits, and anything else that gets in the way of pursuing a healthy, meaningful life.

You can check out video excerpts from his talks given at:

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