I seriously do not know what I would do if someone asked me to rate my parenting skills. The numbers would probably not be sky high due to the excessive mom guilt that influences my parental self-reflection. Apparently “Millennials” do not relate. Parents between ages of 18 and 32 think that they are awesome parents. Like totally rad in almost every way! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but they are pretty darn confident caregivers to their offspring.
BabyCenter presented a new survey called the Millennial Mom Report on Thursday highlighting “revealing new insights surrounding Millennial Moms’ parenting style, technology usage, and overall ambitions as both parents and individuals.” Besides being more relaxed, tech savvy, and “entrepreneurial in new and creative ways,” the most revealing info was just how great they think they’re doing.
According to a Forbes article, Millennials Give Their Parenting Skills An A+, “a whopping 96% describe their parenting style as loving, while 92% call themselves encouraging and 90% choose supportive. Hmm, or maybe these self-given high marks have something to do with the fact that they’re coming from a generation who some note are more egotistical than the generations before them. The Los Angeles Times wrote awhile back in “Gen Y’s Ego Trip Takes a Bad Turn“ that “all the effort to boost children’s self-esteem may have backfired and produced a generation of college students who are more narcissistic than their Gen X predecessors.” These Gen Yers or millennials have been out of college for years, and now it seems their narcissism is popping up in their parenting style.
Okay, maybe I should take my disdain for these confident moms and dads down a notch. I may not spend enough time playing Calico Critters with my child, her food is not always organic, and she watches far more TV than she should, but I do think I would give myself pretty good numbers for being “loving,” “encouraging,” and “supportive.” But parenting is far more than just that as Gen-Xers like me know. As Forbes writes about those parents of a certain age (points at self), our “rose-colored glasses have likely long since been smudged by grubby baby fingerprints.”
Still, I wonder how different a Millennial Mom and a Gen-X Mom really are, all things considered. Although we all may not rate ourselves 100% in the “loving,” “encouraging,” and “supportive” departments, we all strive to be the very best parents to our kids. Maybe we can learn something from the Millennials about trusting in our abilities as parents. Maybe their lack of parenting guilt is actually something to strive toward.
Do you see a difference between Millennial parenting and Gen-X parenting?
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