How Millennial Parents Are Raising Healthier Children Than Previous Generations

How Millennial Parents Are Raising Healthier Children Than Previous Generations

There's More to Millennials Than Avocado Toast

Millennials get a lot of flack. They’re too dependent on technology, they’re not buying houses, they can’t handle criticism, they’re eating too many avocados… the list goes on. But while these opinions circulate — likely among older generations who never really experienced the magic of guacamole — millennials have grown up and into their roles as parents.

And, as it turns out, this new generation of moms and dads is doing a great job of raising kids that are healthy — healthier than they were as children, even. While there are many ways to raise a child so they grow up in the best possible health, here’s how millennials are doing it:

They’re Taking a Step Back

Surprisingly, millennials aren’t creating these healthy children by carrying on the “helicopter” parenting techniques of generations past. Rather than looking at their children as vulnerable and hovering over them at every turn, millennials are leading a more casual parenting lifestyle. They do not cater to their children’s every whim — instead, they find group activities that suit the entire family.

This approach is known as “passenger plane” parenting, and it’s affecting all types of marketers who are used to parents being focused solely on their little ones. Today’s parents expect companies to accommodate their entire family, which lends itself to a fairer outlook for the kiddos they’re raising.

They’re Kicking Unhealthy Habits to the Curb

How many times did your parents take you to McDonald’s as a kid? Those Happy Meals, it turns out, weren’t such a cheerful choice for your health. As millennial parents learn more about healthy eating and how to avoid artificial flavors and preservatives, they’re re-shaping the food industry. They’re causing the country’s largest fast-food chains to re-evaluate their menus and the quality of their food, as millennial parents opt for quick-yet-fresher options like Panera Bread.

They’re Using Technology to Their Advantage

Today’s parents have the world at their fingertips — literally. They can access the Internet from just about anywhere in the world, and they’re using this ability to their great advantage. For many, technology allows once-difficult tasks to become much, much easier. By using a grocery delivery app, for example, parents can quickly and virtually do their shopping, thus saving a few hours to spend with their little ones instead.

On the other hand, today’s moms and dads are smart to limit their children’s use of technology. There are, of course, educational apps that help kids pass the time on long car rides or during long waits at the doctor’s office, saving their parents a whole lot of stress. But millennial parents have struck a balance between tech and real life, honing their kids’ love for activity and the outdoors, too, by incorporating daily exercise in a way that’s exciting for children.

They’re Taking Care of Themselves, Too

As we already mentioned, millennial moms and dads no longer center their lives on their children’s interests, and that’s a good thing for everyone. Millennial parents grew up with adults who did that, and they saw the way it took a toll. So, now that they’ve stepped into a parental role, they’re sure to make time for themselves.

For one thing, most millennial moms are highly educated, and continue to work after having children. Another common thread among today’s parents is the fact that they take breaks and ask for help. They continue to exercise, eat well and relax when they can, because they know how important “me time” is to be a happy, healthy parent.

With these four changes alone, millennial parents have begun to revolutionize the face of parenting. And, because of that, their children are growing up happier, healthier and more well-rounded than the babies of generations past — which proves millennials just might be doing something right this time.

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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