I’m a Millennial. My Parents are Boomers, born to parents who advocated freedom, this makes me a Millennial. A Millennial childhood is encompassed by protection, an analogue existence and fewer rules than the next generation. According to research completed by The Pineapple Lounge Millenials value the happiness of their family above everything else. So how does being a Millenial shape my parenting style?
An analogue childhood –
I’m one of the lucky people who has experienced an analogue childhood, that is a childhood free from technology. No Facebook, no tablets and no smartphones! When I was growing up we really did make our own entertainment, we spent a lot of time outdoors and we enjoyed much more time involved in creative play than generations that continue to follow. This way of living will always be available, but technology has succeeded in taking over. Technology plays a huge part in children’s upbringing now, more than ever before.
Living through such a technology free childhood has given me valuable insight into the benefits of switching off. I firmly believe that children should remain unplugged for a large proportion of their upbringing. Valuable skills can be learned from technology, but there’s nothing more valuable than taking in the world first hand. I agree wholeheartedly with the research collected by The Pineapple Lounge, as a Millenial I do put my children’s happiness above all else. As such, I know from my own experience that an analogue childhood breeds happiness. Therefore finding the right balance of switched on and switched off for my own children is essential.
Digital adulthood –
Even though I firmly believe that experiencing an analogue childhood has shaped my parenting style for the better, I know that living a digital adulthood has opened my world up to an immense amount of opportunity. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for technology and for this reason, I know our girls need to get to grips with technology at some point. Sheltering them from the online world for too long could have detrimental effects on their success in the long run. After all, we are now living in a digital age.
More research from The Pineapple Lounge has found that Millennials are incredibly motivated to develop themselves personally. It’s about doing things to the best of our ability and that includes being a parent. Often we treat parenting like a career, progressing up the ranks as we learn from our successes and mistakes. I know from personal experience that I’m constantly questioning my parenting style and ability. I strive to make our girls’ upbringing as perfect as possible, even though I know there is no such thing.
The wonders of Millennial parenting –
Parenting as a Millennial isn’t an easy task. Having had an analogue childhood, I can see the benefits of providing our girls with a similar upbringing. As an adult living in the digital age though, I have been introduced to a world of connections, opportunities and friendships that wouldn’t exist without technology. What I can take from both scenarios is the need for balance. As a parent I believe it’s my responsibility to provide the next generation with the best bits from an analogue and a digital world.
As a parent all I want is the best for our children. My life revolves around enriching their’s as much as I possibly can. I also know that our girls have to make their own way in life, you never know they might gain more from living in a digital age than I ever thought possible!