4. Millennial Parents Are Anti-Shame
Without placing all the blame on Boomer parents, kids in the 70s and 80s faced prejudice that would be unacceptable today. “Growing up in the 80s, writes blogger Eric Jimenez-Lindmeier, “I was surrounded by a culture… movies, media, education, and social norms, that told me … as long as the gay was treated as a stereotypical joke, no one cared. It was okay to make fun and laugh at their expense.”
Thanks, perhaps, to their own childhoods, Millennial parents have a much firmer grasp on issues of social-emotional import. And they’re not letting go. Millennial parents are changing the world for their trans kids. Today, LGBTQIA+ characters are increasingly represented in media aimed at kids, according to GLAAD. Nine in 10 millennials approve of interracial or cross-cultural marriage, per to the Times. Millennial parents have also helped destigmatize everything from neurodivergence to mental health disorders. (Bravo, Millennial mom Amy Schumer for saying her son Gene, 2, will “most likely be diagnosed” with Autism like his dad, chef Chris Fischer, but “if he’s anything like his father, [then] that is wonderful news.”) They are more willing to support and advocate for their kids. They are pro-therapy and early intervention. They embrace gender-neutral toys and pronouns. They are more open about surrogacy, fertility struggles and solo parenthood (Single-parent households increased threefold since 1960, to 26 percent. About 1 in 5 Millennial parents are single Dads). They also desire a more equal division of domestic labor (though real life outcomes still fall short of these goals). “Millennial dads are different than their elders, in that they see it as a positive masculine trait to be involved with their children,” Anne Halsall, founder of a childcare startup called Winnie, told the Times.
5. Millennial Parents Aim for Less Toxic Divorces