Though millennials often get a bad rap in popular culture, many of them are indeed slowly becoming adults and starting their own families. However, having children doesn’t necessarily mean reverting to parenting methods of days gone by.
Young parents who are used to a technological solution for everything are turning to apps to help with everything from breastfeeding to child development. Some have even found that when an app they need doesn’t exist, they’re the perfect person to write a new one.
Other millennials or ‘parennials’ as some are calling them, are so social media conscious that they’re choosing names for their children based on the availability of Twitter handles.
Parennials aren’t just changing how parents interact with technology. They’re also redefining how they split parenting duties with their partner.
While there are still plenty of parents who are perfectly fine with the women taking care of the children and the home while their husband works, more young couples are choosing to split the work equally.
There’s a caveat, however, some dads report that though they would like to be more involved with parenting their children, their partners often criticize how they go about parenting tasks, causing some men to shirk away from doing more.
Another difference between parennial parents and previous generations is the relative financial independence that the latter was accustomed to.
Even for those families who found it difficult to make ends meet, they were more likely raised with a similar level of income, whereas many young parents are finding that they’re struggling to achieve the same income bracket as their parents did.
Parennials are often forced to turn to their parents for financial assistance as they try to balance paying their rent, student loans, plus every day expenses.
If they aren’t asking for money, they often rely on their parents for childcare in an effort to save some cash.
All in all, parennial parents may face some challenges that their parents didn’t, but they’re overall better informed and more fluid in their approach to child rearing than generations past.