Millennial Moms Make Awesome Parents—Just Ask Them
A new survey from Pew finds that mothers between the ages of 18 to 30 are pretty darn confident in their parenting skills.
Millennials get a bad rap for growing up with parents who constantly told them how special they were. They've been called everything from lazy and whiny to stubborn and entitled, with no hope of ever accepting the fact that they will one day be forced to be fully functioning adults.
The joke's on us, however. Because it turns out that millennials have got this whole parenting thing down—just ask them.
According to a new survey from Pew Research Center, 57 percent of millenial moms (ages 18 to 30) said they are doing "a very good job" at raising their kids, while only 48 percent of Gen X moms and just 41 percent of Baby Boomers said the same.
Millennial dads were slightly less confident, however: only 39 percent overall (including 43 percent of millennial dads) reported doing "very good" work as a parent, versus 51 percent of moms. And while it would be easy to chalk the findings up to the fact that older parents are more likely to have older kids and older kids bring more challenges, Pew researchers said they adjusted for the age of the parents' children—so there goes that.
Millennials also reported being silmutaneously stricter and more loving than their own parents. And while they cop to being overprotective, they're not down with criticizing their kids. "Millennial moms and dads were more likely to say they sometimes praise their kids too much," Juliana Menasce Horowitz, one of the authors of the report, told Time. "And that it's extremely important to them for their kids to grow up to be ambitious."
Something else that's important to them: Millennials care what other people think. A whopping 93 percent said they want their spouses or partners to see them as good parents, and two-thirds said they want their own parents to see them that way.
They also feel more personally responsible for their children's achievements, or lack thereof, while parents of older kids were much more likely to say that their kids were responsible for their own successes and failures.
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Check out the full report on the Pew Research Center's site.