Sorry Baby Boomers, Millennials are better at marriage than you.

While Baby Boomers may gripe about entitled Millennials and the participation trophies they handed them, studies show the younger generation may be better at life.

They work harder.

They’re more optimistic.


They’re better educated.

They give back more to their communities.

They had way less teenage pregnancies.

And, unlike their parents, they don’t get divorced.

According to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen, the U.S. divorce rate dropped 18% from 2008 to 2016. Cohen’s calculations are based on the ratio of divorces to the total number of married women.

The study suggests that marriages today have a greater chance of lasting than they did ten years ago. So, to put it bluntly, Generation X and Millennials are much better at marriage than their Baby Boomer parents.

“The change among young people is particularly striking,” Susan Brown, a sociology professor at Bowling Green State University, said of Cohen’s results. “The characteristics of young married couples today signal a sustained decline [in divorce rates] in the coming years.”

The lowering divorce rate also tracks another trend in American life: fewer people getting married.

“One of the reasons for the decline is that the married population is getting older and more highly educated,” Cohen said. “Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they’re doing.”

A poll by Gallup found that young people still believe that marriage is important, but are waiting to walk down the aisle for reasons that include: finding the right person, feeling ready/old enough, and being financially stable.

According to sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger, couples who get married between 25 and 34 have the best chance of sticking together.

So while Millennials may get accused of killing everything from yogurt to diamonds, they’re not killing each other in divorce court as much as their parents did.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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