Alternatively titled: 10 Reasons Why (You Think) Millennials Are Screwed Up.
Now before I go on, let me be clear about something: I am a Millennial. Born in 1986, I’m firmly in that first-wave Millennial demographic — and no, I am not a child nor an adolescent (which is how the Internet likes to label us). I’m a mom, just like a growing portion of Millennials. (That’s right, folks! We’re all grown up now!) In fact, about 9,000 Millennial women give birth every day.
So as a grown woman with the responsibility of raising a tiny human, I’ve been doing what most new parents do: Reflecting on all the ways my parents did and didn’t totally screw up, and trying to figure out how to avoid their parenting mistakes.
This is only amplified by the fact that the Internet looooves to create bullet-pointed lists and slideshows about all the ways Gen Y is the worst group of employees/humans that ever existed. To which Gen Y responds: Y’all raised us this way (and passed down some serious economic road blocks).
Are there any truths to this? Well let’s back it up: Millennials were raised by Baby Boomers — a generation that largely comes from emotionally detached/slap-happy/sternly ruled homes. The Boomers then watched the next batch of kids (Gen X) be raised in latch-key homes that were, by today’s standards, borderline neglectful. Not their children! They’d do things differently!
Fast-forward to today: The Boomers’ kids are all grown up, and we’re now accused of being a generation of entitled, narcissistic, incompetent people locked in an arrested development of sorts. While I don’t agree with the gross over-simplification and umbrella stereotype, that isn’t the kind of kid I want to raise. So what went wrong? Let’s explore…
Disclaimer #1: The Boomers had good intentions — they were trying to raise us to have self esteem and passion — but every parenting fad is subject to unforeseen consequences.
Disclaimer #2: Although I’m illustrating this with my own childhood photos of the ’90s, I’m not at all insinuating that my parents did all of these things. (So calm down, Mom. Also: Sorry I outed your ’80s perm to the world.)