Meet Lily. She is a millennial. What does this mean, exactly?
This generation (born between 1981-2000, according to PEW
research), gets a pretty bad rap. In the media we hear about them being narcissictic, self-involed, entitled by their helicopter parents and 'everybody gets a trophy' mindset, and don't forget, they are the results of the "good job
you went to the potty!" parenting generation.
Did anyone ever get uber excited for you because you went to the bathroom? If they did, you would think you were pretty dang fantastic no matter what you accomplished, too.
Here is the catch though. These kids, these millennials, they are pretty cool and doing a really good job-to help others, and our environment, and paying it forward to the global village with their tech savvy and genuine concern about future generations. This generation is the most diverse we've ever had in our country, and cares more about diversity. They also seem to really care about their families more, and stay in contact because of texting. They like it. Does this mean that they aren't 'launching'? No, this means that they have different
The thing is, this particular millennial is my kid. I see her, and I'm with her friends, and I hear what they talk about, and they are not like my husband's sex, drug, & rock and roll generation-filled with idealistic notions, still! They are not like my "X-er" generation, practical,more conservative because of their need for stability-these millennials have a helicopter view of the world, and they have access to it from their phones, which makes their relationships, connections, and potential for success a very fluid process.
I believe these kids have it going on in a big way relationally, and they are going to do some pretty big stuff to heal the damage that we've done to our planet, too. Rock on millennials!
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