A new report shows that Millennials think they’re better parents than previous generations since they see themselves as more loving and stricter to their offspring than their parents or grandparents were.
Study investigators found that Millennial moms are really confident about their parenting skills, wile only half of U.S. moms from other generations display the same level of confidence.
According to a recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center, 57 percent of Millennial moms believe that they are very good at child rearing. By contrast, just 48 percent of mothers in Gen X, and 41 percent of moms in Baby Boom generation think the same. Yet, Millennial fathers are slightly less confident, with 43 percent of them saying that they are great dads.
The Pew report also shows that Millennials tend to be more over-protective than having a laissez faire approach when it comes to raising their kids. Plus, they are less likely to make concessions than their parents were. Millennials also said that they may be at fault because they do not criticize their kids too much.
Juliana Menasce Horowitz, one of the Pew researchers who conducted the study, noted that Millennial respondents sometimes exaggerate with praising their children, but they also want their offspring to grow up into ambitious adults.
The recent Pew research involved 1,800 respondents who had kids. Participants had to answer questions on how they raise their kids and how confident they are about their parenting skills. Investigators learned that raising kids is an experience that varies a lot from one person to another.
Pew found that parenting in America is critically influenced by social status, income, education, and race.
Most Millennials were concerned that their children may sometimes fall victims to bullies, while more than 50 percent of respondents were worried that their kids may someday be affected by depression or anxiety.
Yet, depression concerns were very frequent in the group of white parents. Blacks and Latinos were more concerned that their children may someday be shot dead, kidnapped, or become pregnant.
About 40 percent of low-income parents expressed worries that their kids would eventually have troubles with the law enforcement. Only 21 percent of high income parents expressed a similar concern.
Parents with a poor education said that they can not get too involved in their children’s education, while parents with better education believe that getting too involved may negatively affect their children’s development.
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