My husband private messaged a video to me today. He couldn’t post it on Facebook and tag me because it might have caused adverse reactions from Thing 1 and Thing 2. I was reminded today that I’m a Millennial Mom. As I was cooking dinner for the two us, which will probably last us the rest of the week, I was entertained by a video entitled “You’ve Gotta Love Millennials”. The video made me chuckle but it also made me pause and think, I’m a Millennial Mom. I started to wonder how my generation of parents contributed to what we now know as the Millennial Generation.
Thing 1 and Thing 2 aren’t your typical Millennials according to the video. They don’t sport man buns or live at home though they both have an impressive amount of facial hair. One of them hangs out at coffee shops but craft beers are more their thing. They played soccer, baseball, and basketball and unfortunately got trophies just for showing up. As they moved out, it was clear those trophies didn’t mean a thing to them because they left them behind.
Thing 1 and Thing 2 had a different childhood than I had. They had a stay at home mom who resumed her career once they started school. I had a stay at home mom who had to get a career when she got divorced in her forties. For the most part, they grew up in a two income family but they weren’t handed everything. They did chores, had jobs as teenagers and bought their own cars and while they are on our cell phone plan, they pay their share. We let them fly solo and learn a few hard lessons along the way. I think these are some of the things that have prevented them from being typical Millennials.
The video pokes fun at Millennials and reminds us that one day the roles will be reversed and Millennials will be in charge and taking care of us. My hope is there are more Millennials out there like Thing 1 and Thing 2. They might have man buns and facial hair but their Gen X parents weren’t over the top Helicopter Parents and they instilled a good work ethic in them. They’ll be the Millennials who’ll step up when it’s their turn. Perhaps the world will even be a better place by then.