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Generational Shift in Parenting Styles: Study Reveals Striking Differences Between Millennial and Generation Z Parents

Generational Shift in Parenting Styles: Study Reveals Striking Differences Between Millennial and Generation Z Parents

Motherhood Life Balance

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According to the 3,000 mothers polled by Everyday Health Group, the publisher of What to Expect, an “ideal” parent is defined by many qualities, including encouraging children to reach developmental milestones and setting a good example in terms of work ethic.

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The moms, who ranged in age from 18 to 54, were asked their opinions on 26 different parenting principles and what it means to be the “perfect” mother to children aged eight and under.

Opposed to their Millennial counterparts, mothers of the current generation, Generation Z, tend to place a higher value on perfection. They gave much higher marks than their parent’s generation did to eleven of these parenting ideals.

GenZs Want To Be The Perfect Parent

– The importance of providing children with a wide variety of activities to keep them busy. 48% of Gen Z aspired to this ideal, versus 34% of millennials – 39% of Genz versus 30% of millennials for giving children a lot of downtime

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– 50%, versus 41 % for facilitating kids’ unplugged playtime – 51%, versus 42% owning to the responsibility for the family’s organization, scheduling, and monthly planning  – 53%, versus 45% for accepting a child’s or children’s exploration of who they are

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– 41%, versus 33% for putting their loved ones ahead of them – 65%, versus 58% for being able to bounce back quickly from setbacks One point on which both groups are in agreement is that social media has the most significant external effect on their notions of perfection.

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Two parenting ideals were scored considerably higher by Millennial moms than by Gen Z moms: – 50% of Millennials chose, as opposed to 45% of Gen Z, Modeling a strong work ethic – 72% versus 68% saw the importance of establishing a stable domestic unit and value having a successful partnership/marriage

On Parenting Ideals

– 64% are in favor of setting a regular bedtime opposed to 60% of Gen Z. – When asked whether they agree with prioritizing experiences above material gifts for their children, only 5% did so, compared to 29% of millennials. – Comparatively, only 29% of Generation Z agreed that parents should prioritize experiences over gifts for their children.

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