Old-School Parenting? 19 Boomer Mistakes Millennials are Leaving in the Past

When we reflect on the Boomer era, we reminisce about vinyl records, classic cars, and parenting styles that…well, let’s just say didn’t age like fine wine. In this list, we’re going to run through 19 parenting tricks have since been improved by millennials.

The “Because I Said So” Logic

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Remember deploying this classic line for every “Why?” question your child asked? Today’s young ones aren’t just satisfied with top-level responses. They’re inquisitive, and with the world’s knowledge at their fingertips, they’re keen on understanding the “whys.”

Thinking Video Games Rot the Brain

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In the Boomer playbook, video games were often seen as a direct route to a life of laziness and underachievement. But, as the world evolved, research shows that games can enhance multitasking skills, problem-solving, and even hand-eye coordination.

Enforcing Hairstyles

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It was an era where boys were almost mandated to have neatly trimmed hair, and God forbid if it touched the collar! Now, self-expression reigns supreme. From mohawks to man-buns, kids today have the freedom to let their hair do the talking.

Scheduled Disciplining

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The idea of a designated day for discipline feels almost surreal now. The new age parenting mantra leans towards understanding the root of misbehavior. “Time out” corners are now heart-to-heart conversation corners, with dialogue being more effective than old-school punishments.

Ignoring the Seatbelts

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Once upon a time, car rides resembled a mini playground with kids hopping front to back. Today, the importance of safety isn’t lost on anyone. Child locks and seat belts are non-negotiable, even if it’s just a trip around the corner.

Making Kids Finish Everything on Their Plate

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Current parents focus on teaching children the importance of portion control and listening to their own hunger cues, rather than enforcing a clean plate policy. Remember how food shouldn’t be wasted because there were children starving elsewhere?

Rejecting Rock ‘n’ Roll

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That devilish rock music was once believed to be the downfall of the youth. But, isn’t it amusing how those “rebellious” tunes are now the golden classics played at family gatherings? Time changes a lot.

Enforcing Specific Hats

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Hats, those ever-important guards against the sun, were seen as vital protective gear. These days, while sun safety is still critical, hats have evolved into fashion statements, with children picking out their own funky styles.

Not Talking About the Birds and the Bees

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Millennials favor reality over mystery. With the internet offering all sorts of tales, parents today believe in giving their kids a well-informed, age-appropriate understanding of reproduction.

Curfews Before Dusk

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The sun’s still up, and so are the kids! Past generations believed in tucking kids in early. Contemporary parents, while still valuing the importance of a good night’s sleep, prefer to set boundaries based on trust and understanding.

Gendered Color Coding

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Modern nurseries boast diverse palettes, from bold blacks to sunny yellows, free from gendered associations. Baby blue nurseries for boys and pretty pink for girls? Millennials have shredded that color code book.

Fear of Technology

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Desktops were once branded unnecessary luxuries, deemed to have no real purpose.  Parents have realized that tech, when used right, can be both educational and entertaining – it’s fascinating to see even toddlers navigating tablets better than adults.

Limited Cartoon Time

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While the golden age of cartoons was rationed out in doses, today’s parents see them as not just entertainment but also as educational tools. Besides, who wouldn’t love a lazy Sunday morning cartoon binge with the family?

No Room for Negotiation

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In the good ol’ days, rules were etched in stone but there’s now a shift towards flexibility. Parents and kids collaborate on rules, with each party’s feedback valued and considered.

Dismissing Comic Books

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Comic books, once dismissed as mindless distractions, are now celebrated as legitimate literature. Graphic novels are gaining popularity in schools for their engaging storytelling and visual appeal.

Refusing to Let Kids Dress Themselves

Dressing Kids Like Adults
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Those days when mismatched socks were a nightmare are history. Parents today celebrate individuality, letting children decide their fashion (even if that means superhero costumes to the grocery store).

Treating Teens as Kids

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While adolescence is a tricky phase, millennials understand the importance of treating teenagers with respect, offering them responsibilities, and trusting them to make decisions. After all, they’re soon-to-be adults.

Denying Pets Due to Mess

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Pets were once seen solely as fur factories and noise makers. Now, they’re cherished family members, teaching children about responsibility, empathy, and unconditional love.

Assuming Quiet Kids Were Up to No Good

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Silence, which once spelled mischief, now might mean a child deeply engrossed in creativity. Whether it’s an eBook or a new painting project, we can all appreciate the quiet moments of concentration.

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BOOMERS HAVE SPOKEN: 18 TRADITIONS THEY WANT TO UPHOLD BUT GEN Z SAYS “NEED TO GO”

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As boomers fondly clutch onto practices that evoke nostalgia, Gen Z is at the next counter, eagerly trading in the old for a dash of modern sparkle. From handwritten notes to digital memos, from piggy banks to digital wallets—the dance between ‘then’ and ‘now’ has never been more lively. Join us as we explore 18 traditions that boomers want to uphold but Gen Z says need to go.

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18 BABY BOOMER SLANG PHRASES THAT MAKE MILLENNIALS SCRATCH THEIR HEADS

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20 THINGS OLD PEOPLE LOVE THAT THE REST OF US DON’T UNDERSTAND

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