What is a millennial?

TIME Magazine in May 2013 called us “narcissistic…lazy…coddled…[and] even a bit delusional.” Author Jean Twenge called us “miserable.”

Millennials, or more commonly known as Generation Y, are fundamentally children of the Baby Boomers.

From about 1982 to 1995, the United States experienced what demographers called an “Echo Boom” which was essentially a rise in birth rates similar to what the Baby Boomers caused in the 50s and 60s. Generation Y is said to encompass some 60 million people, ranging from those in their late 20s to mid-teens.

Millennials grew in an age of technological advance and pop culture shifts. Millennials grew up with the internet, texting, e-mail, instant messaging, Facebook, Myspace, and a whole host of next social media that transformed the way we fundamentally communicate with one another.

Millennials, on the whole,  are seen to be more tolerant and wholly accepting than their generational precedents, especially in areas such as LGBT rights and cultural diversity. College is a foregone conclusion for most millennials, and while millennials are often viewed as a generation of privilege, the recent economic recession has taken its toll on the way Gen Y spends, saves, and manages their finances.

So what does this have to do with parenting?


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