I started the idea of this post planning to just wing it and write based on what I think. However, I ended up asking more questions as I dug deeper into this topic. I did some research and my findings were pretty eye opening. Obviously each generation is undoubtedly different than the last. Surroundings, and people change. As I was researching I fell upon an article about Millennials.. Surely you’ve heard this term before, but if you haven’t I’ll explain. The Millennial Generation is a group of people who grew up, and are growing up, in an electronics filled, online, socially networked world. This group was reported, by Newsweek Magazine, to have been born between the years 1977-1994. There are arguments on those exact birth years, between countless articles, but overall I’ve found the years 1976-2004 to be a happy medium between them all.
This generation, my generation, was always told to follow their dreams. That we can be anything we want to be. From the first day of Kindergarten up to Graduation it seemed we had everyone on our sides pushing us to achieve greatness. We were told that we were the generation of change and we could do anything we wanted to. We are a confident and powerful generation, to say the least. Older generations tend to think this is all a bunch of crap, and in some aspects I totally agree. As a result of being told that we are “special” some of us have lost ourselves in the narcissism. Here are some astonishing statistics that i found about Millennials, via Pew Research:
- 50 percent of Millennials consider themselves politically unaffiliated.
- 29 percent consider themselves religiously unaffiliated.
- We have the highest number of Facebook friends, with an average of 250.
- 55 percent have posted a 1 selfie or more to social media sites versus 20 percent of the older generations.
- We send a median of 50 texts a day.
- As of 2012, only 19 percent of Millennials said that, generally, others can be trusted.
- There are about 76 million Millennials in the Unites States.
- 20 percent have at least 1 immigrant parent.
Now onto the topic of the day.. I’m about to do a complete 180 because regardless of these stats Millennial Mothers are kicking a whole lot of booty right now. A Millennial Mother can and will to do it all. She will work to feel independence but will not let it affect the way she’s raising her child, not one bit. Millennial Moms all over the world are joining forces and empowering each other like never before. These Mothers are tech savvy and they are using this to their advantage. Mom blogs are at an all time high just because each Mother feels she has something to offer, and she really, really does. Millennial Mothers tend to parent differently than their Mothers. We tend to want our children brought up differently than ourselves. What I mean is that we are more laid back, we want to focus more on love and affection toward our children instead of preparing them for the tough life they may have growing up. From Elitedaily.com, “Our generation has continually been taught that independence is empowering, and we can do whatever we set our minds to. No mountain or hill is too big for us to climb. We are the women taught to get an education and to learn to take care of ourselves first. If we want to let people take care of us, it’s because we choose to, not because we need to. We aren’t afraid. We were born to do this.” Now really, after reading that are you not pumped to do the best you can do? Not only be the best Mother, but be the best woman you can be as well!
I don’t think I’ve ever had this much fun researching a topic. It’s incredible how much you can learn when you just read. Have a great weekend with your families Mommas! We’re all in this journey together, Until next time! -Rae