In today's world, it's nearly impossible not to introduce our children to all the techy, gadgety things while also promoting inclusivity, open-mindedness, and compassion among a wide range of prominent topics. Politics, religion, and the inner workings of a person's fundamental beliefs are all on the table. From what I see plastered in various places, the common opinion of moms today leans on false perceptions of apparent "entitlement." I disagree. I actually think millennial moms are raising more socially aware kids than previous generations. We're raising smarter, happier kids than ever before and I think a lot of it has to do with the way we implement social awareness throughout their everyday lives.
My two children, while five years a part in age, are both acutely aware of how times are different from they way I grew up (because I tell them so often, for one). My parents, who did the best they knew how at the time, didn't work to instill the very things I'm working so hard to with my kids. It's not that they were cruel or unfeeling, but didn't necessarily have the tools or knowhow to speak on the topics we've come to hear about (and on a daily basis).
My babies live in an internet-obsessed world, they know the dangers of being online, where the games are, and, above all else, they're able to read and follow the journeys of those living different lives they otherwise might not have knowledge of — like children across the ocean in war-torn territories who are fighting for their lives. It's a huge game changer because my kids are connected to others in ways I wasn't able to be when I was their age.
Because of all this, not only are they able to recognize the (sometimes drastic) juxtaposition between their lives and other people's, but it also helps strengthen their compassion and empathy muscles. On that note, here's just some of the ways us millennial moms are raising more socially aware kids (and killing it, by the damn way).