Single MothersResearch of out John’s Hopkins reported that 57% of babies born to millennials were out of wedlock, and of those, 67% have some college education, and 32% have four or more years of higher education. (Johnson, 2016). This generation accounted for 80% of the 4 million annual U.S. births back in 2012, and is only expecting to grow. (Fromm, 2012).
Parenting StylesWith so many children being born to un-wed and young parents, it’s important to know how mind sets change. Since millennials are known to be the “me-me-me” generation, it’s interesting that half of millennial parents buy products that support a cause or charity. (Fromm, 2012). As for the ignorant bliss of a naïve upbringing, most millennials do not know how hard the real world is. Since many were sheltered from the ugliness of human nature it’s a struggle to balance social activities with parenting. From the man’s perspective, it was noted that 45% say that they are the same person after children as they were before being father. (Fromm, 2012). Only 30% of women believe they are the same person since childbirth (Fromm, 2012), but in respect, women’s bodies change drastically more than men which could be a variable in such a statement.
Another variable to why women feel such an impact of parenthood could be from custodial arrangements. Many mothers are raising children by themselves with little to no help from the father. Only half of parents have child support agreements, formal or informal, but only 41% received all child support owed. (Johnson, 2016).
On top of that, the fathers who live in a separate home than their kids rarely have the opportunity to see their children. Only 22% of fathers see their kids more than once a week. (Johnson, 2016). This could be a lead factor as to why 74% of women and 76% of men say balancing life has become more important. (Fromm, 2012). Planning drop off/pick up times, scheduling doctor appointments, focusing on school and/or work, and continuing a social life are all a balancing act to these parents.
Cultural IdentityWhile this culture has massive amounts student loan debt and unemployment, as a whole the generation is optimistic for the future. (Wikipedia, 2016). Following the more silent generations, millennials are more outspoken and open-minded on controversial topics. (Wikipedia, 2016). As a whole, they are accustomed to change due to the technology revolution and economic breakdown. They are also less religious than previous generations with about 1 in 4 being affiliated with any religion. (Wikipedia, 2016).
As for those who are employed, the average income is $50,000 with 61% of the labor force being women. The suburbs make up 51% of the millennials living area with 28% living in urban areas, and 20% in rural areas. (Fromm, 2012).