Dr. Christine B. Whelan is a author, speaker and professor. She is the author of Generation WTF: From "What the &%$#?" to a Wise, Tenacious & Fearless You, Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to True Love, Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women, and currently is under contract for a book helping young-adults identify and live a purposeful life.

Dr. Whelan is a visiting assistant professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned a masters and doctorate from the University of Oxford and has held teaching positions at Princeton University and the University of Iowa. She has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other national outlets. She has appeared live on television programs and radio programs across the nation.

She and her husband, Peter, live and work in Pittsburgh with their dictator cats, Chairman Meow and Evita Purrron, and their daughter, Eleanor.

Twitter: @christinewhelan
Facebook: @generationwtf
Websites: http://www.christinewhelan.com and http://www.generationwtf.com


America Needs a Time Out

America, it’s time for a national time out. Some mornings, my kids and I are cranky. We snap at each other. We judge. We jump to conclusions and we fight. The kids throw things. I yell. One child cries and the other child points fingers. On those mornings, we have learned to restart the day. … Continued

Culture

Calendaring on Purpose

Recently, I took a deep dive into the world of analog calendaring—a new, artsy spin on the paper planners you had back in the day. Think FilioFax meets Pinterest. Unbeknownst to me, it’s kind of a big thing. From Bullet Journals to Passion Planners, folks are ’gramming their beautiful pages of to-do lists and inspirational … Continued

Culture

Seek Your Purpose Before Your Paycheck

In a new national survey, 18-24-year-olds report that having a clear purpose in life is a big part of being a “real” adult. The problem is, most young people don’t feel like they’ve found that sense of purpose. If you’re graduating from college this month, congratulations. After you toss your cap in the air and … Continued

Culture

Top 5 Things to Say (and NOT to Say) to a New College Graduate

According to new national survey data, the #1 advice that older adults would share with their twenty-year-old self is this: make sure you know your purpose before making big decisions. This commencement season, here’s a primer on how to talk purpose with your graduate: Top 5 Things to Say to the New Graduate Ask open-ended … Continued

Culture

The Top Seven Myths About New Year’s Resolutions

‘Tis the season for making resolutions—and if you’re like millions of Americans, you’ve got your list of things you’d like to change about yourself. Every year, millions of folks talk about New Year’s Resolutions . . . and fail to change much of anything about themselves. Why? Here’s a dose of Resolutions Reality to start … Continued

Culture

American Apparel’s Invasive “Supermoon” Ads

Checking my email last night before bed, I found an email referring to the “biggest moon of the year.” Since my daughter and I had been enjoying the supermoon of the last few days, I (naively) clicked on the email… only to come face-to-face with a rear end mooning me. We live down the street … Continued

Culture, Fashion

Happy Money

Money can buy happiness, apparently—and it actually doesn’t cost all that much. Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton’s new book Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending is a nerdy but fun beach-read that will make you glad you splurged on the experience of a family vacation instead of a more tricked-out minivan and encourage you … Continued

Books

Finding Joy at Work and Maximizing Your Time

Spring cleaning usually brings up images of bleach and dust rags, but this spring, I’m cleaning up how I spend my time with the help of time-management author Laura Vanderkam. A few years back, Vanderkam wrote 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, a terrific guide to figuring out where your time really … Continued

Books

Hook-Up Land: A Map to College Relationships

For the last six years, I’ve taught a course on the sociology of marriage. Midway through the semester, we discuss courtship—the old-fashioned marriage-focused style of pairing up—and 1950s dating. Students dutifully take notes on terms like “parking” and “going steady.” As we make our way to present-day, I suggest to the class that courtship and … Continued

Culture

Money, Sex, and Romance: What Is the New Normal?

When it comes to relationships, we all wonder if we are having a “normal” amount of sex, if our idea of a “happy” family life is the same as our friends and neighbors, and whether our marital disagreements harbingers of doom or are just par for the course. In part we are voyeuristic and want … Continued

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