The shifts in parenting and the way we manage our lives and little ones are constantly moving. If you’re born between 1980 and 2000, you’re classed as a Millennial and we may just be the most competent parenting generation yet..
Having information at our fingertips means we’re consistently informed; We can make the best decisions possible which our parents didn’t have the luxury of. Of course there’s information overload (of which a lot can be conflicting) which can cause confusion and anxiety, and wonder why we ever googled it in the first place however it provides us perspective and access to other parents to share stories and seek advice.
According to the CDC, in 2015 the average age of a woman had her first baby at 28 compared to 1990 where this was 25. The Pew research center quotes that Millennials are waiting longer to have families however 52% said being a good parent was one of the most important goals of their life ahead of having a successful marriage. We couldn’t have said it better.
Single parents and LGBT+ parents are also paving the way for new ways of a ‘traditional’ family structure. The department of education released statistics showing that in 1 in 8 children in the U.K were adopted by same sex couples, the highest since records began. New Family Social, a support charity for LGBT+ adopters and foster carers quoted: “We know from snapshot research that LGBT+ people are more likely to consider adopting children that can be seen as ‘harder to place’ – because of factors such as their age or if they have special needs – which can make it easier for social services to match vulnerable children with potential parents.”
We fully support and endorse bringing together the parenting community.