MILLENNIALS “ADULTING” (how to survive having kids as a young millennial)

In my quest to understand college students more thoroughly, a friend shared the February 2016 edition of the Atlanta Magazine titled, “The Millennials Issue, How Atlanta’s Boldest Generation is Shaping Our City.”

Along with profiling eight millennials on an array of topics, a small side bar article caught my eye. It was titled, “Modern Family-Making,” with the tagline, “Having a kid in your 20’s or 30’s doesn’t mean your life is over, but it does require changes.”

It then imparts the following nuggets of wisdom:

  • Cut back on your expenses; eating out or possibly ditching your car
  • Daycare sharing
  • Have friends over while the kiddos are asleep
  • Make time to stay in touch with friends
  • Swap kid time with your partner for some quality YOU time
  • Pick your battles when raising your kids
  • Should you live OTP (outside the Perimeter) or stay ITP (inside the Perimeter) based on schools

As a Gen Xer, what you are describing above is my childhood. Is it possible that millennials love of the hipster culture is really just a throwback to the 70’s?

Many of the items listed above are what my parents did.

My parents had card club so they could socialize while we slept. We were trotted out early for a hello and then off to our rooms with strict instructions to not interrupt the grown-ups while they were playing cards (and drinking and smoking, it was the 70’s).

My parent’s economized. Saving was top priority in our household. We got what we needed and the “wants” were saved for Birthdays and Christmas. Both my folks drove used cars and dad often changed the oil himself.

While daycare was pretty unheard of back in the 70’s, my mom had a plethora of neighborhood moms who routinely watched us. I also went to the local church for summer camp. The church was Catholic and we were Protestant, but no matter, god was god, it didn’t matter the denomination as long as I was out of her hair.

My parents were masters about getting some “me” time. My dad golfed one day every weekend and my mom had her local girlfriends. We often were taken to a grandparent’s house for a day or even a weekend depending on what they had going on.

generationlongforyouthI do believe that technology, GMO food and the current state of the world impact young millennial families more than when I was a kid.

However, I think every generation longs for the “good old days” of their youth. Even now, millennials wax poetic about the 90’s.

In the end, common sense never goes out of style.

Actually putting some of these tips to use will help millennial families survive financially and still have a social life.

It’s called “adulting” and while none of us feel ready for it, falling back on the “old” ways may just be the ticket to successfully thrive as a millennial family.

Are you a young millennial with kids? Tell us if you are using any of these “old school” ways in your life. What works? What doesn’t? We’d love to hear form you!

Every generation longs for the “good old days” of their youth. #bridgebrand #thebypass

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smallksavatarKathryn Siggelko has worked in Higher Education for over 15 years. She’s part of the Crew and a contributing blogger on The Bypass. Connect with us – share your ideas, topics, challenges, etc. and we’ll keep you in the loop about what we’re building just for you!

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