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6 Parenting Trends to Look Forward to in 2016

Downsizing, less helicoptering, and four other trends parents will be embracing in 2016, according to a new survey.

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Leading childcare site Care.com has predicted what parents will be focusing on in 2016; and let's just say, it's going to be a great year!

Explains Katie Bugbee, senior managing editor and global parenting expert at Care.com, "We are beginning to see parents—especially millennial parents—make fundamental shifts in their approach to raising children. With more dual-income households, greater access to technology, and shifts in parental roles, family dynamics are changing and giving rise to some exciting, and positive parenting trends."

Behold, six things you'll likely be doing in 2016:

1. Saying bye-bye to helicoptering. And hello to friend-parenting. Or, just being more laid back when it comes to managing kids' lives and schedules. If you can even call it "managing" when we let kids have a little space to breath.

2. Embodying enlightenment. Today's parents are bringing kids up in the modern world, where being transgender is no big deal, and accepting people with special needs is hardly deserving of a badge of honor. It's our job to show our kids how to embrace diversity through our own actions and words, and Care.com says that's exactly what we'll be doing.

3. Expecting more from babysitters. The kid down the block is no longer the ideal candidate when it comes to our childcare choices in 2016. According to Care.com, parents increasingly expect caregivers who really know their stuff. In fact, last year the site saw a 25 percent increase in job posts for nannies with a college degree, and a 55 percent increase in those requesting that a caregiver be certified in CPR and first aid.

4. Creating new baby names. According to the survey, today's parents are creating hybrid baby names out of two or more they love (Emily + Ava = Avily). There's also what's called the Lorelei Gilmore Effect where daughters are being named after their moms, and not just sons after their fathers.

5. Downsizing your parenting role. In perhaps the best news to come out of this survey, 2016 will see parents letting go of the idea they can do it all. Instead, it's all about outsourcing, and asking family members and caregivers for help with day-to-day tasks like car pooling and house cleaning.

6. Hiring more than one nanny. Given the unconventional schedules of many working parents, it won't be unusual for a family to hire more than one caregiver to help them get through the week.

Which of these parenting trends do you see yourself adopting in 2016?

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.