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Regardless of what generation you are born into you have choices to live and act the way you want. Now depending on how you live and act you may also have consequence or benefits. This article is meant to inform from the research I have done because let’s be honest I am a millennial born in 1988. I do not fit most of this research.
What is the definition of Millennial?
It refers to the generation that was born in the early 1980s and 1990s according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This generation is also known as Generation Y because it comes after Generation X which is those that were born between the early 1960s and the 1980s.
What are Millennial parenting differences?
There is a huge thing right now about “Millennials Parenting.” Studies are showing that they are raising kids differently than the generation before them. For instance, not committing to marry before having kids. An article from The New York Times suggests that millennial parents are turning to Google, chat rooms, and apps for all kinds of parenting advice. The same article goes on to mention that their kids live on social media and have their own YouTube channels.
Honesty, I was born in 1988 and I am classified as a “millennial.” No two people are alike, and we all have different situations that occur for instance having a child before marriage. I did get married before having my boys, but my situation was always school first and then build a family. Some parents have been able to do both raise a family and go to school at the same time. I am completely amazed by them!
Why do Millennial parents seem to struggle more financial?
If you honestly think about it the cause is inflation. Childcare and education have increased 16% from what it was in 1960. The Washington Post states that the average 18 to 34-year-old today makes about $2,000 less than they would have in 1980.
Our millennial parents are suffering financially they are stuck paying high-interest rates on their student loans while trying to provide for a family and struggling also to pay for childcare which can be upwards to $30,000 a year. Some individuals and I are trying to plan by putting away a little bit of money for my own kids’ college education to prevent them from struggling.
What age do millennials tend to start a family?
A mother’s age at birth as been increasing steadily for decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 1980, it was 22.7 and in 2013, it was 26.
I do fit this statistic because I waited until I was done school and, in the workforce, before I married and had my boys. I had Jack at the age of 27 and Luke at 28 years old.
What is different in the household then prior decades?
Gender roles are changing more than prior generations before where it was known as the father is the breadwinner and the mother being the homemaker. A 2015 survey by the Working Mother Research Institute, found that dads were more likely to help out around the house than previous generations of fathers before. Still, 79% of working mothers say they are responsible for doing the laundry, and mothers are twice as likely to take care of the cooking.
I completely feel that if you both live in the house then you should share responsibilities. This is regardless if you are a millennial or another generation. I know some may say that if you are a stay-at-home mom or dad that they don’t work they should have more household responsibilities. Think about that statement again, please. They are caring for your child which includes cooking, clothing, cleaning, and more. Taking care of a little human, educating, entertaining, and more is very exhausting.
As you know I am a full-time employee, mom, wife, and blogger. My husband is also a full-time employee with the government. We should share more responsibilities, but his commute outweighs mine since I work from home. I can tackle a lot of things before he gets home so we can spend quality time as a family.
Why are parents spending more time with their children?
A 2016 study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, found that mothers spend about an hour more taking care of their kids than mothers did back in 1965. Meanwhile, dads are spending almost an hour, up from about 16 minutes in 1965.
A 2018 study by Capital Group found that millennials started talking to their kids about money sooner than Boomer’s parents did. In fact, 39% of millennial parents said they would start telling children at age 12 or younger to start saving early.
My dad raised me and my twin sister by himself, however, he occasionally had help from my aunt and grandparents. My dad wasn’t around too often as he was working, but he is classified as a baby boomer. He never really talked about finances except he would say that’s not in the budget. My aunt one day taught me about a checkbook and just those 2 instances have helped me a lot in my independence.
My boys are currently ages two and three that currently have a piggy bank. I tell them that their money is for when they really want something. Currently, they have chores like matching socks, setting the table, and making their beds. This is how they learn to help momma with daily household chores.
Why are millennial families more concerned with kids’ nutrition?
A survey in AdWeek found that millennial moms say nutrition is more important than price or convenience when it comes to packing their kids’ lunch. In a survey, 60% of moms said they pack lunch boxes differently than the way they grew up.
Clearly, this is important as also Michelle Obama started the let’s move to raise a healthier generation of kids. This is so important to me as food is the best way to get your body nutrients. Not from a pill, but from well balanced and healthy foods.
Do you have more ideas that millennials are doing more than previous generations?
I almost feel like it is more publicized than it ever was before. Please share your thoughts by commenting below.