Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CAUTION: Millennial Raising A Child

I don't know why but I've been coming up with the most random posts lately.

Bear with me guys.

Yesterday I read this post by Nadine at Back East Blonde, and it got me thinking.

According to pretty much EVERY article out there on the interwebs, as a millennial I really shouldn't be allowed to raise a child. No, think about it. We are selfish, lazy, entitled, the 'Peter Pan' generation. We expect to have our dream job, with our dream paycheck right out of college. Oh, with two months paid vacation! We were raised that we are all winners. We want instant gratification and have the attention span of a fruit fly. We are unicorns!

I'm sorry none of that sounds....like good parenting material to me.

Yet here I am. Seven and a half years in.

In many ways I totally a millennial. I've taken my mom to my job. I read her my performance review last year because I wanted her to clap and tell me how awesome I am. (She did not disappoint.) I think I'm pretty awesome. I acknowledge I have to try hard to not be selfish.On the other hand I'm very much not. I knew going in I'd be on the bottom level of my chosen career path and that I would have to work VERY hard to get ahead. I know that my way isn't always better or the best. Be wise and listen to instruction kiddos. I don't expect insane work perks. In fact I was pleasantly surprised by the ones I got. I don't live with my parents. (Anymore :-P) Basically most of the time I try my damnedest to be lumped in with the tail end of generation Y. Hell...having Boomer aged me up at least 5 years right???

All that said there is a lot of stuff that we had growing up that Boomer doesn't.

Home Phones
Dial Up Internet
Cell Phones used to call people
Road trips that required maps
Nickelodeon that had good shows
Justin Timberlake in the band N'Sync
Floppy Discs

Basically. What I'm getting at is.

World if you think WE'RE bad.... wait until Boomer and her friends grow up.

Grow up? Cuz why?

Also...I'm pretty sure everyone hated the Baby Boom generation at one point.

Oh, and I still have a home phone...for what reason I'm not sure.

6 comments:

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

those articles on the web that post about people should/shouldn't be having kids because of xyz are ridic.

i read crap all the time about having 1 kid and how selfish it is and why even bother etc etc. personally, they can all suck it.

remember the days of pagers? that was the hot thing in my teens and i'm not even talking about text pagers but numeric pagers that didn't even have voice mail.

and there's nothing wrong with expecting the best as long as you're willing to work for it. in our house, we are teaching kayla that there's a winner and loser in every game. such is life. you don't work hard, you get shit. you work hard, you will get what you want most of the time. disappointment is a tough but good lesson and the earlier they learn how to deal with that, the better. people always tell me that when we play games and i play to win, how i'm so "mean". how is teaching my daughter the rules of life mean? because when we play, i fully expect her to play to win. you want to win? you work harder. end of story.

sorry, this comment just went off the rails! great post is what this long ass comment was trying to say haha

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

So dumb to make generalizations like that! Times change, people change. It has nothing to do with how good or "bad" they are as parents!

Misty C. said...

I have a post in the works about kids having GPS. It's so unfair. We had to get lost in bad neighborhoods.

Elle Sees said...

i am an gen-xer and have no kids. but i have a dog, which totally counts, right???

MarlaJan said...

I get sucked into reading all of those articles, too. And I think the "hatred" towards each upcoming generation happens every time. There was a point when everyone hated the Baby Boomers and their peace/free love/lots of mind altering drugs ideologies. Gen X got a lot of hate, and now Gen Y.

But, we somehow allowed it to happen. We've allowed this mindset that everyone gets a trophy, this sense of entitlement no accountability for this generation. Who is really to blame? It's sad that, really. You want good things in life, you have to WORK for it.

jackie jade said...

it's so crazy how kids know will end up growing up sooooo differently than we did. i definitely can see a lot of the millenial type mentality out there but i think things will eventually change.
-- jackie @ jade and oak