Every generation of new parents chooses to do things differently than the generation before them. Whether you want to refer to them as millennials or Generation-Y, mothers in their twenties and thirties give birth to 82% of new babies.
These children of millennials are brought up in homes that look vastly different from their parents before them.
Parenting Advice Comes From The Internet
Before the widespread use of the internet made anyone with a blog an expert, parents relied on parenting advice from their family and friends.
If they wanted more professional advice, they would read baby books. These days, the internet has become a new parent’s best friend.
Parents have plenty of information at their fingertips, even if it all can be overwhelming.
Photo Albums Have Been Replaced By Social Media
Social media has allowed us to put our lives out in the open. Millennial parents are leading the charge with posting their children’s lives on the various networks.
While many just post the occasional photo, others start YouTube channels or create hashtags for their kids. A Time survey found that just 19% of millennial parents have never shared a single photo of their kids on social media.
In comparison, 53% of Baby Boomer parents and 30% of Gen X parents have not posted photos of their kids.
Finances Might Be A Struggle
One of the biggest issues that millennial parents might find is a difficulty keeping their finances together. Many were greatly affected by the 2008 financial crisis and had not fully recovered as it cut into early savings.
In addition, education and childcare costs have risen mightily in the past 50 years, taking a larger chunk out of child raising costs.
Kids Come A Little Later
Millennial parents are in no rush to have children immediately. The Centers for Disease Control says that the average age of mothers at the birth of their first kid is currently 26.
In 1980, they first gave birth, on average, at age 22.7. This could be due to an increase in working women and the later ages that people marry.