When it comes to Millennials, those between the ages of 23 and 34, ideas about child birthing and rearing tend to deviate from earlier generations. Trends in these aspects of having and raising children will inevitably tend to change with prevailing attitudes. Since Millennials place different values on what is important, as concerns their children, it is understandable that they will endeavor to indulge a new generation of children with these values. The following points comprise a closer look at some of the trends Millennials have pursued in child birthing and rearing.
Parenting Is Primary
Millennials have a tendency to place a high value on the process termed parenting. How a child is to be taken from diapers through to becoming an adult is the focus of the new generation’s value system. In many cases, this may appear to be a reaction that arises from the feeling that their generation was not parented correctly, or perhaps to the level that Millennials imagine that children should be parented. Such feelings of wanting to do better than their parents with raising children is maybe not such an uncommon concern of any generation though. This does, however, raise the question of whether or not such a trend is built out of a genuine understanding of how to parent. Or, is the prevailing Millennial attitude about parenting simply a demonstration of a generations idealism having bitten off more than it can chew?
The De-emphasis on the Family Structure
One of the trends in the new generation is drawing a lot of criticism, which is their de-emphasis on the two-parent family structure. Where giving birth and parenting is considered a high value by Millennials, the idea of marriage and keeping the two-parent family structure together has lost ground in the current value system. This has reached the point where a growing number of Millennials are tending to argue that the old model of a stable two-parent family structure is perhaps obsolete in today’s society. This, of course, is a radical departure from the ideals put forth by the Baby Boomers and earlier generations. It is a point that begs the concern of how parenting is improved through the process of eliminating one of the parents from the traditional family structure.
Digital Natives and Child Birth
Millennials are among the first generation to be termed digital natives. “Savvy with technology pervading every aspect of their lives, it is no surprise to learn that Millennials are most likely to obtain information about giving birth from Internet sources,” said Dr. Gilbert Webb. For this reason, it has become important for government and private-practice-based health programs to provide credible information about medical issues related to child birth through online avenues in order to reach the youngest segment of the population.
Although the new generation has its own ideas on child birthing and parenting, much of what they believe on the subject is perhaps a product of the tech-intensive world in which they live. As compared to Baby Boomers and older seniors, Millennials are also more widely educated than former generations. It is yet to be seen if their values and parenting style will necessarily augment how children turn out.