Parenting Trends: What’s Going To Change For Millennial Parents In 2016?

We take a look at the parenting trends you can expect to see in 2016

New Year, new you—it’s an adage that gets thrown around every year in late December and early January. But what about New Year, new parenting strategies? Mayne not something you hear as often, but according to Care.com, 2016 is going to bring some very big changes for parents.

“We are beginning to see parents—especially millennial parents—make fundamental shifts in their approach to raising children,” said Katie Bugbee, senior managing editor and global parenting expert at Care.com. “With more dual-income households, greater access to technology, and shifts in parental roles, family dynamics are changing and giving rise to some exciting and positive parenting trends.”

The number one change according to Bugbee? Parents are going to say goodbye to Helicopter parenting and move over to a more relaxed take on parenting. Think of it like a return to how our grandparents raised our parents.

Heralding in a new era in parenting, 2016 will see parents ditch the micromanaged schedules and the hyper-involved social life. Instead parents will adopt a “third-child style” of parenting—think more relaxed—which will help their kids develop a greater sense of independence. “Millennial parents will evoke an Elsa-like let it go approach [to raising their kids].”

Parents will also embark on their own age of Enlightenment in 2016. The idea here is to take the lead from our kids and start to see the world and what makes us all different through their eyes. “[Children] don’t always see their friend’s wheelchair or the little boy playing princess as points of discussion. A few questions, maybe, but for them, it’s just how to world looks.”

As enlightened parents, the importance lies in showing acceptance and understanding, not telling, when it comes to breaking down stereotypes and gender norms.

In 2016, less is going to be more when it comes to parenting. Parents and their kids are overworked and overscheduled—they barely have time to just be a family. Next year, we will see more and more parents who are “downsizing” their schedules and taking a more simplified approach to parenting.

Whether this means only one after-school activity a week or only one celebration per holiday, parents are leaving behind the notion that they can do it all and are instead focusing on doing what matters most to their family.

What are you planning to change about your parenting in the New Year?

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