A Millennial Mom: 10 Reasons It’s Great To Be One

September 1, 2017 46 comments
A Millennial Mom: 10 Reasons It’s Great To Be One

 The Traits Of A Millennial Mom And Why You Should Love Her

I am a Millennial Mom. 100%. With all these words and phrases being thrown out there, let me first explain the term millennial mom.

Born between 1980 and the early 2000’s, she is strong, modern and independent.

Likely a college graduate, and in tune with technology. Ready to take over the world!

Often judged by generations before us, yet confident we can do it all, if only we put our mind to it.

A millennial mom is tough and resilient. Sound like you?

Neil Howe and William Strauss coined the term “millennial” in 1991.

The reason being that this generation came of age with the internet, the rise of technology, cell phones and more.

I have to mention that many people hate to being dubbed millennial.

Sure, I can understand that. Not everyone likes to be labeled or to be put in a box.

The older generations often view millennials as entitled. Oh well. Maybe we are.

 

“As we age, we feel less like leaves and more like trees. We have roots that ground us and sturdy trunks that may sway, but don’t break, in the wind.” ― Meg Jay

 

A millennial moms know how to get things done. Life, motherhood, career. You name it; we got this hands down.

We kick a&*!!

What makes a millennial mom different to other moms?

Several things. We have more choices than ever before.

You can be a working mom, stay at home mom, a work at home mom, a business owner.

The options are endless.

 

95% of millennials say their friends are the most credible source of product information.-J. BaerClick To Tweet

 

Once upon a time, a woman’s place was in the household.

That ship has sailed so let’s take a look at this list.

1. Social Media and Technology

A Millennial Mom 10 Reasons It’s Great To Be One A Busy Bees Life Social Media and Technology Mom

 

I figure we’d start with this one as the internet and cell phones makes a millennial mom different to her mom and grandmother. Millennial moms are on social media daily.

We grew up into this age of technology, and most of us cannot live without the internet. That feeling of being ‘connected”.

Be it Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. You name it and they are on at least three sites. For both work and personal use.

I spent less time on social media before I began my blog. Now, I am on social media daily promoting blog posts and sharing information.

I love connecting with people.

Prior to having my little one, I would take one or two pictures a week, if even that.

Since he was born, I have upgraded my iCloud storage twice!

I still need to download pictures once a month to create free space on my phone.

Can I count on my fingers and toes just how many of these pictures I have printed out? Yes. We love our technology.

While that’s all fine and good, it is important not to miss out on great moments by trying to find your phone to capture what is happening.

Social media can wait. Savour those moments, sit and experience them.

They will be embedded in your heart and memory forever.

 

2. Competition

A Millennial Mom 10 Reasons It’s Great To Be One A Busy Bees Life Competition

Parenting can be a bit of a competition for millennial moms. Even though it shouldn’t be.

Three out of four moms say that it’s important to try to be the perfect mom. As we all know, perfection doesn’t exist. Why do we bother?

Millennial moms have defined perfection as being organized, educated, healthy, fit, well-dressed, a good cook, has a career and is focused on her family.

She must wear many hats, and this is where that feeling of competition sets in.

Ever see pictures on social media and wonder…..how come her house is always so clean and perfect?

Her kids look like adorable angels..why is mine constantly throwing tantrums?

You think to yourself – she is always well put together, and here I am in sweatpants and a t-shirt covered in toddler drool.

Let’s face it. No one posts pictures of their worst mommy moments on social media.

Healthy competition is a good thing. There is no point in feeling bad about your not-so-perfect parenting skills.

Just do your best for you and your child.

Praise other moms and show support. Which brings me to my next point.

 

3. Millennial Moms Empower Each Other

A Millennial Mom 10 Reasons It’s Great To Be One A Busy Bees Life Empowerment

We all love our little ones right?

Our kids can be perfect angels sent from the heavens one minute, then test the patience of a saint the next.

You’ve seen those three-foot nothings throw tantrums at the grocery store, in Toys”R”Us, or at the playground right?

You smile because you know the feeling. There is a sense of compassion and empathy because you’ve been there.

We are all doing our best to make sure our kids are safe, healthy, happy, and have a wonderful life.

 

'A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.' —Melinda GatesClick To Tweet

 

4. Opinions Matter

A Millennial Mom 10 Reasons It’s Great To Be One A Busy Bees Life Opinions Matter

Millennial moms value the opinions and recommendations from other moms.

Whether it is for a stroller, a car seat, or even baby wipes. They want to know from other moms who have tried and tested the products they are inquiring about.

If a product has crap reviews from other moms, you bet I am not buying it.

Amazon Prime has become a good friend of mine.

I read product reviews, and will not buy anything that is reviewed with less than four stars.

In addition, I ask other moms if they have bought the same product and what their opinions are.

Brands who don’t care about their digital reputation will not get a dime from me.

Obviously, I can’t do this for every single thing, but for products I would like to keep for a while, I definitely do my research.

For items like car seats and strollers, safety is the top priority for me. Next in line is quality.

Both of these go above value and price.

 

5. My Name Is Not Mommy

Of course, it is. It’s just not your birth name. LOL.

Whether or not you are a working mom, spending time with your child is important.

As a millennial mom, I still choose to maintain my identity.

We need the “me” time to relax, de-stress, do yoga, exercise, dance, or just take a bath and sleep.

Give ourselves permission to do things that make us happy without feeling guilty about it.

This doesn’t mean we love your kids any less.

It means we are cautious of not only our physical health but emotional well-being too.

Give yourself permission, you don’t need permission from anyone else. Doing so helps make us be better moms.

While you are enjoying the blessings of motherhood, don’t lose sight of yourself.

 

6. Independent Moms

We, millennial moms, appreciate help and support, but don’t necessarily go out seeking it.

Many millennial moms are giving birth to, or adopting children while they are single or unmarried.

They are not afraid to leave bad marriages, and abusive or toxic relationships.

Sure, it is so easy to get a divorce, and nowadays, there is less effort being put into “working things out” in a relationship.

Almost half of divorces happen in the first 10 years of marriage. The highest divorce rates have been among women and men aged 25-29.

Marriages that are built on fairy tale promises begin to unravel at the seams when the honeymoon phase is over.

It is great for a child to live in a healthy environment with both parents.

However, if the relationship is not working out, moms know they can still offer their child a happy home.

Independence allows moms to have a career, and control of their finances.

Women no longer feel they have to stay because they are not the breadwinner in the relationship.

If we want to let people take care of us, it’s because we choose to, not because we need to.

We can do whatever we set our minds to. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Bring it on!

Okay, that’s taking it too far. I’d rather take the lift than climb two flights of stairs!

 

7. Euros, Dollars, and Pounds.

A Millennial Mom 10 Reasons It’s Great To Be One A Busy Bees Life Money

Did you know that only about 30% of millennial moms work full-time?

I used to work full-time prior to having my son. Now I work 30 hours a week and it is the perfect balance for home and career.

Feels good to go to work and do my best. To be valued. Earn a salary.

Some moms choose to stay at home or open their own business. Whichever is best for your family is the right choice.

Maternity leave for me was for a year because I live in a wonderful country that allows parents paid parental leave for up to two years! Awesome right?

My little one builds his developmental and social skills in daycare, while I build my career at work.

At work, I am at work and focused solely on that.

When I am home, I’m home, where everything revolves around my baby love.

I get butterflies in my stomach when I walk out of the office knowing I am going to see him in a little bit.

So in love with my little guy, it’s crazy!

As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Even if it’s only for 8 hours.

 

8. A Millennial Mom Is Open-Minded

A Millennial Mom 10 Reasons It’s Great To Be One A Busy Bees Life Open Minded

It’s 2017, so we know all about families with a mom and a dad, single parents, two moms, two dads, adopted kids, blended families, step parents, step children, interracial relationships etc. No big deal.

Modern families have a different “look” to what past generation families looked like.

Open-mindedness means forward thinking. No judgements.

It is important to have and show understanding, empathy, acceptance, honesty, and fairness.

Some of the many values we want to instil in our children.

 

9. We Are Stunning

A Millennial Mom 10 Reasons It’s Great To Be One A Busy Bees Life Stunning Woman

A few days ago someone gave me a compliment. At least I think it was.

This person said, “You look so lovely Sheri. Always beautiful and well put together, it’s almost hard to believe you are a mom!” HA!

What are moms supposed to look like? Unwashed hair? Clothes that have never seen an iron? Fingernails badly chipped? Flip flops? Tore up?

Nope. Not me, not any millennial mom. Well, there are always some exceptions to the rule.

We don’t go out in flip flops, the store with our hair in rollers, unpolished toenails etc.

There’s nothing wrong with going to the store like that, it’s just not my thing.

I am almost always wearing a dress. I would say about 99% of the time. Business, casual, summer, winter.

Any season, any occasion.

Pretty sure I could wear a different dress every day for at least three months without repeating the same one twice.

Same goes for handbags! My kryptonite.

I like to dress well and look good. It builds my self-confidence.

Doesn’t always work 100% of the time and is quite unnecessary at home with a toddler.

Unless of course, you like changing clothes several times a day and love to spend all your free time doing laundry.

I am a pretty shy person. Even find it hard to accept compliments, but when I look good, I feel good.

My attitude and posture project #strongwoman.

10. Millennial Moms Can Be Anything They Want To Be

A Millennial Mom 10 Reasons It’s Great To Be One A Busy Bees Life Anything they want to be

Enough said.

 

If you are reading this, and are not a millennial mom, you might be thinking, “well, I do all these things too.”

No doubt about that. Maybe, just maybe, you have a different way of doing things.

If you don’t have kids yet, I would still like to know what you think.

Please share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.

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muideen samuel September 10, 2017 - 00:12

this post is well written i relly enjoyed it, positive and straight

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MindCocktail September 8, 2017 - 18:23

A millennial here (even though I was born a little earlier than 1980) in a narrow-minded country. But I want to be one of those (few) women who will dare say that women my age are more than just housewives, mothers and cooks. And thank God there are women like you out there! I’ve always believed that if women didn’t envy each other so much, we could change the world together… for the better. We learn from each other and learning cannot happen if there is envy. Loved this article, a good reminder we are on the right track.

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Ania Travels September 7, 2017 - 23:25

I’m not a mother but a lot of my friends are and I love some of these point. I totally agree that they empower each other like I’ve never seen before. Great post.

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darlingceo September 7, 2017 - 23:22

I love that millennial moms are focused on empowering themselves and empowering their daughters. I want my daughter to know she can so anything she sets her mind to. I can’t wait to see what the future generation is able to accomplish!

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Angie September 7, 2017 - 21:40

Lovely post! Although I am yet not a mum, I will be a millennial mom, for sure! Having a balanced life with a career and a family! Very inspiring post!

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Talat September 7, 2017 - 20:26

IIam a millennial mom. I have a mind with plan on it. I know what is best for my kids!

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Margarette Puno September 7, 2017 - 07:43

This is really a great read. Now i know what millennial really means is. I think i am one of this millennial moms. 🙂

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Nayna Kanabar September 7, 2017 - 00:59

Millennial generation, its the first time I have come acoss this description and its interesting reading all the thoughts you have presented.Although I am not a Millennial mum I can relate to every thing you describe.

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Our Family World September 7, 2017 - 00:50

I can agree with some points, and I don’t need to compare. However, I think we are mothers and we do our best regardless of the generation we are born in. Millenials moms may have the benefit of technology, while baby boomers had the benefit of having more “me” time. It is just a matter of perspective. What is important is we are attuned to that responsibility of raising tiny humans to be responsible, well mannered, hard working adults.

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Natalie September 6, 2017 - 21:40

what a uplofting and postive post. Sounds like your an amazing parent. Im not a mother yet but could relate to alot

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lavandamichelle September 6, 2017 - 12:46

Sounds like you are an amazing mom. The description of the millennial generation is great. I have a plenty in my family and admire a lot of there traits.

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Phaytea's Pulse September 6, 2017 - 10:06

I enjoyed reading this..it’s so encouraging and iplifting..definitely can’t wait to start having cute babies……

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toastycritic September 6, 2017 - 08:02

I am happy that you as millennial women have blazed a trail for women of the future. As my daughter will grow up in the world you blazed before her. There is just so much here that you have unpacked about your generation. And I am sure that not everyone thinks everything exactly the same way. But I know a lot of millennial women do think like this. The commitment to marriage is the part that scares me the most. I don’t want my daughter to have to rely on anyone. And yet I want her to actually try in a relationship and not look for an out the moment it comes. It’s such a mixed bag.

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Blair Villanueva September 6, 2017 - 06:28

Millennial here (but not yet a Mom). Thumos up on your post, as it truly describe most Millennials. Being resilient are not born, you can adopt it continuosly.

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Jojo Hua September 6, 2017 - 02:04

Well done on being such an amazing mother. I do agree that there is a lot of pressure on mums these days to be so many different things. I kind of already feel the pressure and I’m not even a mum yet!

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Ana De Jesus September 5, 2017 - 23:28

Haha I can definitely resonate. I am a millennial but not a millennial mum, but it must be frustrating when everyone refers to you as mummy rather than your name. I love however that you said that millenial mums can be anything that they want to be xx

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Calleigh Keibler - TheForkBite September 5, 2017 - 17:32

I could only hope that my children take no playbooks by approaching parenthood on their own terms. I’m eager to see how my well wishes for their happiness shape their definition of fulfillment.

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Anosa @ ajulydreamer (@MyraBev) September 5, 2017 - 15:40

I couldn’t agree more. Reading this post makes me proud of being a millennial. Though I am not yet a mom I can feel proud of the being part of the adaptive moms.

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Darleen September 5, 2017 - 14:15

Thank you so much for sharing this as it helps me to understand what millennial meant. I never really understood it.

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chelf September 5, 2017 - 14:01

What a lovely post full of positivity! Heaven knows I need more of that in my life. I see and admire how strong you all are out there and how much you manage to achieve while being moms as well! I loved the photoshoot, gorgeous, unbelievably beautiful ladies! Hugs !

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Aileen September 5, 2017 - 12:39

This is such a fun post! I’m not a millennial mom but I can see where you’re coming from. I agree though that they are much more open-minded, but there are always pros and cons. I think what just matters is that one is a great mom to her kids 😀

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life September 5, 2017 - 13:32

That’s what I think to. No matter your generation, so long as you are doing right by your child, it’s all good. 🙂

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karoliina kazi September 5, 2017 - 09:33

This post could also be about women Millennials – strong, connected and open minded.

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Courtney Andrews September 5, 2017 - 03:11

Technically I am a millennial as I was born in 87. I’ve never felt like I identified much with the term but perhaps that’s because of misconceptions and the (sometimes) negative connotations associated with it.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life September 5, 2017 - 13:32

It is sad that people associate negativity to that. All generations are different and should be celebrated.

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Kyla Matton Osborne September 5, 2017 - 01:05

I am not a millennial, though my oldest kids are. I think they will be very much as you describe when they have their own children 🙂

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Sabra of Great Green Heron September 4, 2017 - 22:15

Sounds like you millennial moms inherited things from their predecessors. I remember having my toddler twins and being pregnant with my third when I heard the hyper competitive comparisons among mothers dubbed the Mommy Olympics. That was in…2002.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life September 5, 2017 - 08:37

Yes! We definitely learned so much from our moms and grandmothers. I think millennial moms took what they learned and adapted it to the day and age we live in.

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helenevlacho September 4, 2017 - 21:43

So beautiful and well written post Sheri! You expressed this generation and millennial moms completely.

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Jasmin N September 4, 2017 - 21:34

This made me realise whh I am as openminded as I am. Loved this! Apprently, all of these described me haha 😀

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Talat September 4, 2017 - 21:09

I am a millennial mom for sure. I believe in delivering the best I can and say goodbye to old jargons and old beliefs.

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Amber September 4, 2017 - 20:11

This is an awesome post! I didn’t realize I was still a millennial. I was born in 1982 and I thought the cut off was 1984? It always seems to be changing. But regardless, moms rock.

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Minakshi Bajpai September 4, 2017 - 19:53

I also belongs to the generation of millennial. This generation has something special and great like the kids of other generation have. Every child has a special features that belongs to his own birthing period. Great and interesting article.

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kaylee marie September 4, 2017 - 19:38

I am not a mom myself but I love the confidence of millennial moms! I find this millennial generation to be extremely inspiring.

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Kintan September 4, 2017 - 19:36

Wow..really awesome post dear. I really enjoy reading it, even I don’t have kid yet. But there are give some an inspiration and opinion.
Even I’m one of millennial as well, but not a millennial Mum.

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mammabearsays September 4, 2017 - 17:39

I love these! MY favorite is how we empower each other. I started blogging not too long ago and the fact that there are so many mothers out there supporting each other is amazing. Yes we are competitive but we are quick to give each other a pat on the back and remind each other we are doing a great job!

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Tadeja September 4, 2017 - 13:04

Your post is very inspiring and gives a lot of hope to all of how yet-to-be mums out there…

Tadeja

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Saidah Washington September 4, 2017 - 12:31

I think every generate has its strengths and weaknesses. There is so much we can learn from the generations before us and after us.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life September 4, 2017 - 17:23

You are absolutely right about that! 🙂

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Melanie Walsh September 3, 2017 - 22:59

I am near the cut-off for millennial, and often the descriptions don’t really fit me. This list, however, has me down to a tee. I am a tech-savvy, full-time working mom, who is completely dedicated to my family while not wanting to give up my sense of self.

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mightymamabear0309 September 3, 2017 - 21:57

The great thing about being a millennial mum is choice. The freedom to follow whichever path we choose.

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NYC Single Mom September 3, 2017 - 11:37

Not a millennial mom but pretty much agree with your list. Millennial moms are more open minded than the generation that came before and thank god for that thinking. It will save us in the long run. but make no mistake, Millennial moms are just a judgy to the way others raise their kids as any other generation. just human nature, IMO.

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thejourneyingduo September 3, 2017 - 08:45

II hate when the term millennial is used as an insult. I’m personally proud to be a millennial. With the rise of the internet we have more competition, more pressure on us to be ‘perfect’. Combine that with the financial pressures of our generation and the world is piled against us. However, yet we still manage to come up stronger and overcome every thing. We are not a pampered generation and i love how your post shows how strong we are as a group! I’m not a mum but yes, millennial mums do kick a**

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Jamie H September 3, 2017 - 06:38

I guess that technically I am part of the millennial generation, though I’ve not really felt like I belong in that category. I’m perfectly happy being a stay at home mom, as well as homeschooling my kids. I feel that the “career” God has given me right now is raising my kids, and teaching them to be productive, kind, and loving people. I’m glad that there is that open mindedness in our generation that allows me to follow this path and be completely fine with you following your path (and vice versa!).

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Rose September 2, 2017 - 22:24

I am not part of the this world. I think with each year and every 10 years roles, attitudes and technology changes. In the long run things should be more positive and motivating versus superior and close-minded.

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Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen September 2, 2017 - 17:26

II missed the millennial generation by just a few days, and oddly enough I don’t really feel that connected to it. I can definitely look at that generation and see everything you’ve mentioned, especially being connected to technology. Millennials love their technology and are socially connected that way. It also seems that as a whole, they are much more free spirited, love to travel, and make plans to change the world in big ways.

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