Why Millennials Raise Their Children Differently
6 scientifically substantiated reasons that prove the different attitude of the new generation.
Did you know that 82% of babies born each year are millennial babies? Who are the millennials? They are all born between 1980 and 2000. And when millennials become parents they handle things a little differently than previous generations as researchers say there are 6 key characteristics of millennial parents:
1. They turn to the internet for parenting advice.
According to an article in the New York Times, millennial parents search Google, chat, and any app that can give them tips on how to better raise their children, and not just family or friends. As one expert told the Times, “Google is the new expert, the new grandfather, the new neighbor and the new nanny.” The good news is that today’s parents know a lot more about their children’s development than in the past.
2. Promote their children’s lives on social media
The same New York Times article states that many millennial parents make special hashtags for their children. Some even create YouTube channels for them. TIME questionnaire revealed that only 19% of millennial parents have never uploaded a photo of their children on social media, compared to 30% and 53% of the previous 2 generations.
3. They are confident in their qualifications
A Pew Research Center study found that 57% of millennial moms say they are very satisfied with their abilities and parenting, compared with 48% and 41% of the previous two generations respectively.
4. They face greater financial difficulties
An article by Young Invincibles explains that millennial parents face more financial problems than previous generations. Taking care of their children and educating them has increased the cost of raising a child by 18% in the last 60 years. The Washington Post even claims that young people aged 18–34 make an average of $ 2,000 less than 40 years ago.
5. They make children older
The age at which a woman gives birth to her first child has increased greatly in recent decades. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, in 1980 it was 22 years and in 2013 it was 26 as the more women study and work the slower they get married and have children because it is difficult to combine their professional career with motherhood.
6. They are less likely to build a traditional family
In 2009, the largest millennials were 20 years old. According to The Wall Street Journal, the majority of those who had children were unmarried. Another study found that only 46% of children in 2016 lived with married parents with the corresponding figure in 1980 being 61%. The trend, however, seems to be changing, as the article also predicts that 60% of millennial children will be born to married parents.
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