When it comes to millennials, there are stereotypes aplenty. Millennials are always on their cell phones, taking selfies, and curating their Instagram accounts. They're lazy and entitled, the recipients of one too many participation trophies. Dubbed the "me" generation, they're narcissistic whiners. Yikes. Everyone seems to forget that millennials are highly educated, technologically savvy, progressive, global citizens. Something else they don't get credit for? All the parenting styles millennial moms have championed for the better.
I did quite a bit of reading when I was pregnant, and I continue to do so as a toddler mom. As I get to know my daughter as an individual (and myself as a mom, for that matter), I adapt my parenting style to fit our family's particular needs. I tried exclusively breastfeeding, but I ended up supplementing with formula. When it was time for solid foods, I made my own organic purees then switched to baby-led weaning. We co-slept for the first three months with our daughter in a bassinet next to our bed, then put her in a crib and sleep trained her.
Honestly, my "take what works for you and leave the rest" approach is distinctly millennial. Millennials are known for their open-mindedness, so it makes sense that, as parents, we don't have a one-size-fits-all mentality. Think we're snowflakes? Well, guilty as charged. The fact is, we're all unique. What's effective for one child might not work for another, even within the same family. That's why it's important to have lots of tricks in your parenting bag. Here's a sampling of strategies millennials draw from: