Millennial Moms are rocking Motherhood.
This statement flashed past my screen today as my Son and I were researching his school project about generations. It reminded me of a piece I wrote a long time ago for a site that is no longer. Anyhow, the statement sparked my curiosity, again. So off I went to research (i.e., opened google and typed “Millennial Mom’s are rocking motherhood.”), I found a plethora of stories suggesting Millennial’s are kicking Motherhood’s ass. Not only kicking its ass but also rocking it so hard; they are cooler than generations before them.
Ooookaaayyy, hold on, I may not be totes deck to all the fresh parenting styles, but I’ve been just as cool as the Millennial parent. I’ve rocked Motherhood. Haven’t I?
Disclaimer: I still don’t know if I’ve rocked Motherhood. I’m currently parenting; I will let you know when my kids grow up, leave the house and become responsible contributing adults to the community. Wish me luck; I’m sure I’ve messed them up somewhere along this god forsaken parenting road.
Albeit a lot has changed since I was a young Mom, fundamentally, Millennial Moms and Generation X-ers are not that different.
The reality is, Generation Y becoming parents has no bearing on whether they are rocking Parenthood, nor does it make them cooler than any generation before them. Nevertheless, I am sure they are doing an excellent job.
To be fair, I certainly didn’t face some of the challenges the Millennial Mom faces today. Indisputably circumstances have changed since my babies began dragging me through the mud of Motherhood. Sixteen, looong tired years ago.
For instance. In my day, screen time solely meant t.v.-time. Electronics were not what they are today. The most electronic of devices my toddlers wrapped their greasy little fingers around, was the remote to the television. My cell phone flipped open; I texted via T9 (google it if you don’t know), and downloading a picture off the internet took two to nine hours depending on my dial-up connection.
Yes, I’m old, forty-three, two teenagers and sixteen years of parenting behind me. However I wanted to let the Millennial Moms know; I did it too. I rocked this parenting thing.
Here are some quotes I found via the amazeballs (millennial jargon for amazing) Google, suggesting the Millenial Mom has wrapped this parenting thing up into the coolest package ever.
“You only buy all-natural, organic, gluten-free, non-GMO baby food.”
In my day, all-natural, organic, gluten-free, non-GMO baby food used to be called FOOD. Gluten-free was only for people with celiac disease, and not everyone had it. I spent hours making homemade organic baby food, without the baby bullet. A blender and a strainer made me super cool, as I slaved over a hot stove and packaged mushy carrots into ice-cube trays. I may not have known about the evils of Monsanto back then, but rest assured if I did, It would have been, hell no GMO.
“Your child’s birthday parties are just a real-life version of your Pinterest boards.”
Have you heard of Martha Stewart? No? I will refresh your Millennial Mind. She is the original party planner. You may know her better as the Woman, who embezzled money from the stock market and spent some time in jail. Regardless, I spent hours perusing her magazines (the paper version of the internet), flipping through page after page finding the best ideas to plan my little one’s parties. Folding corners to keep my place, sometimes even tearing out pages and putting them in folders labeled (Birthday Party Ideas). It’s super similar to pinning, but old school, and a lot more work.
“Your baby learned how to unlock an iPhone before learning how to walk…”
My babies played with actual toys. I want to end this here because I am not sure why this has anything to do with rocking parenting.
“You know the lyrics to “Let It Go” better than any of your kids.”
That’s cool; I knew Disney songs too. But do you know all the words to Grease Lightning or Little Shop of Horrors? The Lion King, The Jungle Book? See, we aren’t so different. I knew all the words to my kid’s favorite movies too. I just didn’t Youtube them for all the internet to see. Although, I did sing into an awesome wooden spoon. Thank god that’s not on video anywhere.
“You have no shame wearing matching outfits with your little one on the reg…”
Two Words, Nineteen Seventy. Not new and still a little unsure about why it would be cool. But, you do you. I’m going to stand on the side of un-cool Mom on this one.
“Your baby is pretty much attached to your hip and goes everywhere with you.”
Nope, nope, nope. No, you aren’t the only Generation to drag your child with you everywhere. I also took my babies everywhere I went. Seriously, If I knew that having a child attached to my hip meant I was rocking parenting, I would have been a much more confident Mom. Besides, I think one of my hips is out now, due to excessive baby wearing. How cool is that? 😉
“Kickin’ back at Coachella…”
It was called WOODSTOCK, people! I didn’t go to the original one, obvs. But I’ve seen footage, and there were definitely some Moms hanging out with babies there. Seems pretty cool to me, and not really all that new.
Hopefully we can all agree being a cool Mom isn’t really what matters. Being the best Mom we can be is what’s truly cool. Besides, if we survive the first five years of the child rearing process, haven’t we most certainly rocked Motherhood?
I’m not going to be led to believe the Millennial Mom is making Motherhood cool. I think being a Mom has always been cool.
To all Moms of every generation, keep on rocking Motherhood, you got this.