99% of millennials truly love parenting—thanks to mighty good role models

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99% of millennials truly love parenting—thanks to mighty good role models

According to a decade’s worth of headlines, millennials' greatest loves are ourselves and avocados. True as the latter may be, a new survey shows we love our kids even more: 91% of respondents said they value “raising successful children” more than living up to their own highest levels of potential. And that isn’t because we’re a bunch of martyrs—but rather because 99% percent of the millennials surveyed by parenting app Winnie say they truly love parenting.

The finding isn’t surprising to us. Unlike previous generations, millennials have more choice when it comes to when and how to make a family. This means that, in many cases, those who become parents do so intentionally and with full respect for the highs and lows of the journey.


Bottom line: Along with our kids, we’re also embracing the ways parenthood helps us grow up.

When asked to explain how life changed when they became parents, survey respondents shared these comments:

  • “It was no longer all about me.”
  • “I’ve become a lot less selfish.”
  • “The focus of every decision was on my boys.”

It’s true, everything changes when a baby enters the picture—or selfie, if you believe the millennial cliches. And it’s pretty heartening to see how willing fellow millennials are to seize the opportunity for personal growth that is parenting.

That doesn’t mean we got here on our own, though. Millennials are unique in many ways, but we are shaped by incredible generations before us.

Here are a few more ways millennials are getting parenting right—and why credit is also due to those who taught us:

We are (rightfully) confident

We don’t just want to have kids, we pretty much rock parenting when we do. Pew Research Center found that when moms of all ages were surveyed about their level of confidence in raising their kids, only about half were impressed with their own mom skills. When the age range was narrowed to moms between 18 and 30, the percentage of confident moms who figured they’re doing “a very good job” grew to 57%.

That could be because we believe we truly had good role models: According to a 2015 Fusion survey of more than 1,000 millennials, half counted their parents among their best friends. (With 61% of female millennials saying mom or dad is a BFF.)

With that kind of relationship, it’s easy to see why we’re confident about following in our parents’ footsteps when it comes to raising kids.

We know where to get the support we need

The self-confidence seen in millennial moms may be due to coming of age with the internet. We know where we can go (or what we can Google) to get what we need to solve a parenting problem, and can quickly connect to so many more resources and fellow parents than our counterparts even a generation ago could.

A survey from the consulting firm Barklet found 71% of millennial moms and dads say parenting websites, online forums, parenting blogs and social networks influence their parenting.

Even then, nothing trumps knowledge from trusted experts—those nearest and dearest to us. And, in that field, millennials and their parents have better lines of communication than previous generations. As one AARP survey found, 31% of millennials talk to their parents daily; only 13% of Boomers with living parents said the same.

We're raising awesome kids

Growing up with immediate access to information and communities may also be one reason why millennials are proudly calling parenting a key part of our identities. The stats suggest that this generation is on the way to seeing the kind of parenting success every generation dreams of: Our kids may be better off than we are.

The Barkley survey predicts that given the millennial focus on identity and equality, the kids of today will grow up with an unprecedented sense of individual tolerance, inclusivity and social responsibility. We have every right to take pride in that—while also using this as a reminder to say “thanks” to the generations who helped shape us. ?

These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.

Nature's Way Kids Mulitvitamin

Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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