If you were born between 1977 and 1983, and have never really felt like you fit in with Generation X or millennials, I have some good news for you: you're part of a micro-generation now known as Xennials. You remember a time before the internet and are nostalgic about your analog childhood, but your adult life is fairly tech-centered. I, myself, fit that description, which is why there are certain things this Xennial mom wants millennial moms to know.
My husband and I were both born solidly in the six year span that marks the Star Wars generation. Growing up, my husband and his brothers had free run of the neighborhood on their bicycles and didn't come home until it was time for dinner. We both still have our old home numbers memorized. I didn't have email until college, and I still use my Hotmail account. As adults, we binge Game of Thrones with the best of them, but we're still slightly uncomfortable taking selfies. Our generation is marked by a cautious optimism born of the recession. Now that we have a child, I can't help but feel like our unique experience informs the way we parent.
I never felt like I was a "classic" millennial mom, so identifying as Xennial has helped me understand why I am the way I am and why I do what I do. It's from this perspective that I respectfully share these ideas with millennial moms: