It is still too early to see our results as parents, but the truth is that we are doing it differently from how we were raised. Partly because circumstances and the environment have changed, and partly because we have made the decision to make changes in raising our children.
Undoubtedly, the way of seeing life and facing the challenges of the generation known as Millennials is not the same as their parents and probably will not be the same of their children when they reach their age.
It is not only parenthood that is changing, but values and the concept of family. We see family structures that were unthinkable when we were kids. Mom and dad working, Parents who have decided to stay at home to take care of their children, single mothers many times by choice, among many others.
Although we live in more hectic day to day and with more stress, contrary to what is believed, Millennial parents seem to spend more time with their children. And the role of the Father is increasingly participatory in everything related to children, giving great validity to the term "co-parenting". Studies conducted by Boston College have found that 85% of millennial dads want to spend as much time with their children as possible and see it as a priority.
Millennial parents are mostly focused on positive parenting where communication is reinforced, leaving aside the vision of an authoritarian parenthood. It is done! because I say so ... apparently it is something of the past. Towars a parenthood phylosophy that seeks to reinforce positive behaviors instead of punishing negative ones.
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New vision of timeshare, where it is not the amount that we can dedicate to our children, but the quality of those moments. Always focused on creating family memories that last over time, especially on weekends when the schedule allows it and not necessarily at dinner time as we were used to. Memories that are also shared on social media, with friends and family, as a means of communication.
Definitely, many of the changes have been the result of the natural characteristics of this generation, as well as the influence of great technological development, the internet, social media platforms and access to a lot of information.
Not forgetting that they are becoming parents at an older age. In 2017, in the United States, according to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green University, the average age for women to have their first child is 26.8 years, compared to 1970 when the average age was 21.4 years.
Until a few years from now we will not know how positive changes have been, have these children been rewarded too much even when they have not reached the goal set?
What will they be like as adults on a personal and professional level? They are answers that only time will tell ...