Criticism towards the way of raising children is very common, especially if they come from previous generations in which you feel watched all the time, either by your mother, mother-in-law, or grandmother; everyone thinks they know the magic formula about parenting. To all those who have criticized you, you can tell them that: Millennial moms raise happier children.
Most of the mothers in Mexico are Millennials; by 2020, 66.9% of births in Mexico will be to women under 30 years of age. According to Inegi, the average age of the Mexican population is 29 years old.
The Millennial Parents and Education Study, which analyzed 150,000 mothers born between 1980 and 1990, reveals that this sector is not afraid of negative criticism. They are willing to change the way they were raised and how to perceive life.
Research conducted by sociologists from the Walton Family Foundation indicates that Millennial moms have greater access to information, which gives them more tools to face the challenges that parenting entails.
What are the children of Millennial moms like?
The conclusions of the investigation detail that the children raised by this group of the population have the following qualities:
- Diverse: These types of moms are more interested in promoting in their little ones the importance of diversity and respect for all people regardless of their differences.
- More communicative: They can better express their emotions and what they think.
- Nature lovers: Children are concerned about animals and caring for nature.
- Altruistic: Millennial mothers are witnesses to the selfishness of previous generations, so they encourage their little ones to share what they have and put limits on the competition with others.
- Multitask: Although they are in constant contact with technology, this does not limit them from doing many tasks simultaneously. Their moms encourage them to get involved in many activities.
Who are the Millennials?
It is a category spread in the media that brings together those born with the consolidation of the digital era and who became adults with the change of the millennium.
Although there is no agreement on its time limits, it can be said that its starting point of reference is the first years of the 1980s and that it extends until the end of the 1990s, explains the International Youth Organization (OIJ).
Rubén Darío Vázquez Romero, an academic from the Aragón Faculty of Higher Studies at UNAM, comments that millennials grew up with the Internet and easily understand digital communication.
“They point out what they don’t like and that had been normalized, such as systemic violence against women, labor abuse, etc… and they don’t hesitate to use the platforms to build these protests by creating trends and content on social networks that can point out situations and make us aware of them”.
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Translated by: Ligia M. Oliver Manrique de Lara
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