I never would've categorized myself as a "millennial mom" but, having been born between 1980 and 2000, I am. I see the term tossed around as if it's a bad thing but I prefer to wear it like a badge of honor. Millennials aren't just breaking barriers when it comes to societal norms; we're smashing them when it comes to parenting. So, it should come as no surprise that there are a few things, millennial moms don't need your opinion on in order to crush everything we touch. I know what you're thinking — modest much? — and I totally get it. If I weren't on this side of things, I might have the same preconceived notions about millennials that our elders seem to have. Luckily, I have some insight.
My parents, though divorced when I was seven, raised me on a specific set of beliefs. A lot of them are completely traditional and old-fashioned and honestly, not any way I wanted to live my life. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I'd raise my kids differently so they could be whoever it is they wanted and were meant to be. I wanted them to grow with the confidence and the belief they can rule the world and do anything without barriers. After all, times have changed and so have the ways we're collectively choosing to parent. Honestly, I think it's a pretty damn good thing. Millennial moms have the chance to raise more insightful, compassionate, technology-inclined, sensitive kids. Our children can be more aware with the world around them than I was, my parents, and their parents before them. It doesn't mean everyone deserves a trophy for participating. I think, actually, it's the opposite. My children are just as competitive and scrappy as I was and we come from two different backgrounds. It's all in the lessons you, as their parent, teach them.
Now, I'm not saying millennial parents are automatic experts in parenting, but we're definitely willing to try different methods until we find something that works for us. There's no one way to do it and that's a good thing. Because there are many different options now, here are some of the things we millennial moms don't need your opinion on. Trust me when I say: we've got this.