Ah, the millennials – the generation that witnessed the dawn of the internet age, survived the reign of dial-up internet and somehow made it through their teenage years without smartphones glued to their hands.
Now, as we navigate the complexities of adulthood, we can’t help but speculate about what the future holds for the younger generations and secretly ponder what they might hate us for.
One Redditor asked, “As millennials, what do you think younger generations of kids are going to hate their parents for?” Now, this thread has received thousands of comments, and we have listed the most interesting ones for you!
1. Posting Everything Online
We wonder, will our kids cringe at the thought of their parents posting embarrassing baby pictures or sharing their teenage escapades for the world to see?
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Posting their entire childhoods online. That is forever, and now everyone who ever googles you can find a video of four-year-old you saying useless stuff and teenage you in awkward emo phase, and every detail about your life and hobbies.”
Another replied, “100%. I have one friend who refuses to post pictures of his son for this reason. Versus others who post a picture of them almost every day…”
2. Screen Time
Social media overload! We millennials grew up in the era of Myspace, witnessed the rise of Facebook, and experienced the birth of Instagram and Snapchat. We’ve spent countless hours scrolling through feeds, documenting our lives one selfie at a time.
Someone commented, “Social media oversharing is going to cause a lot of problems for these kids just coming of age (I guess the later Gen Z’ers?). Same with parents sticking their kids in a corner with an iPad for hours a day.”
Someone else added, “My parent’s generation loves to judge parents nowadays with their tablet time, and I like to remind my mom how I watched like 2 Disney movies a day when I was a kid so my mom could clean the house lol.”
3. Being on the Phone
A Reddit user wrote, “Maybe looking at their phones too much and not paying attention to their kids.”
Another added, “I was watching an old episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood with my son. He was sitting at the table with a big newspaper unfolded and covering his entire face. He put it down and said “do you know someone in your family who sits like this at the breakfast table? Reads the paper and doesn’t pay attention to you?” I realized Mr. Rogers was telling us 40 years ago to stop using our phones at the table.”
Millennials practically pioneered the art of selfies, spending hours perfecting the right angle, lighting, and filter to capture the ideal moment. But will our kids find it utterly vain that we took so many pictures of ourselves?
4. Scheduling Every Moment
One said, “Depends on the parents, but I bet the ones who schedule every moment of their kids’ lives with activities will have some adult children.”
Another replied, “I have a high school senior, and I am starting to see this resentment in some of his peers already. You have all of these 18-year-olds who have schedules that their adult parents wouldn’t keep, and they are burned TF out before they get to college.”
Now, we’re scheduling playdates, art classes, soccer practice, and even bathroom breaks! Our poor kids won’t know what it feels like to just chill out at home without a plan.
Oh, and weird children’s names – we’re totally nailing this one, aren’t we? Naming our kids after fruits, places, and random objects.
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Their names. My children Reighleigh, Jadence, Credenza, and Placenta would like a word.”
Someone else added, “You trying to tell me that little Aalissah and Daenerys aren’t going to appreciate my creativity when they get older?”
6. Overly Accommodating
We’re the generation that can’t say ‘no.’ We’re over here bending backward to make sure our kids have the best childhood ever. But guess what? Our future offspring might despise us for not teaching them the value of a little struggle.
Someone commented, “Being over accommodating. I think it’s good that we recognize that people have unique challenges and might need additional support. But I think we have taken it too far.”
Another added, “The world will not cater to every aspect of your personality. It’s important that kids learn to function in the world and work within a team.”
7. Being Bored
Boredom, oh, the horror! We can’t handle our kids being bored for even a minute. iPads, video games, toys on toys – we’re drowning them in entertainment.
A Reddit user wrote, “Providing instant gratification and constant stimulation. Kids should learn to fail in safe/low stakes environments, and they should be “bored” occasionally.”
Someone else added, “The boredom aspect, for sure. I’m at the tail end of Millennial, and my girlfriend is early Gen Z. I dunno how to explain why, but multiple times a month, she’ll come up to me and say, “I’m bored.” When I told my dad, “I’m bored,” he’d have two responses: “Twiddle your thumbs” or “Being bored is good for ya.””
8. Poor Diet
One said, “Poor diet in childhood. Food quality is going down, and childhood obesity is at an all-time high.”
Another replied, “Childhood obesity is horrible. The adipose tissues and cells are there forever. These kids will battle obesity for years to come.”
Our kids might grow up despising us for never letting them indulge in the simple joy of a greasy cheeseburger or a sugary soda. They’ll probably sneak out to the nearest fast-food joint just to savor the forbidden taste of processed goodness.
9. Not Being Present
Someone commented, “Not being present, every parent I know is glued to their phone. Yeah maybe Mom or Dad showed up to the soccer game, but they were too busy scrolling ig/tt/fb to watch the game or cheer you on. Idk what’s worse, an absent parent or a phone zombie parent.”
Someone else added, “When I go to events like my niece and nephew’s sports games, I make sure to get some photos of them and sometimes bring a big sign.”
We’re so engrossed in our screens, capturing every moment, that we forget actually to live those moments.
10. Being Too Gentle
We’re all about understanding, empathy, and not yelling at our kids like our parents might have done. But who knows, our little ones might grow up thinking we were just too soft!
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Gentle Parenting. To many people, this means never saying no and giving children no rules or boundaries. These kids are off the rails, and when they get older and get smacked down by reality, it’s going to cause a lot of emotional problems.”
Another replied, “Gentle parenting means I’m attempting to break a negative parenting style from my past. For example, not instantly reacting negatively to accidents like spilled milk, trying not to accidentally body/food shame, teaching self-soothing, listening to feelings, reducing threats like if you don’t sit down, you’re grounded and so on.”
11. Being Poor
Let’s face it: most of us millennials are struggling to make ends meet.
A Reddit user wrote, “Being broke. I’m not sure I’ll be able to help my kids much financially when they are adults, and I think they might need it. I think their prospects are the same or worse than ours.”
Someone else added, “Agrees. A lot of millennials needed help as they entered in adulthood during the recession. Now, with inflation and new social norms- Gen Alpha and Beta will probably need to have their parents raise them to 30.”
12. Climate Change
Ah, climate change, the big, scary monster in the room. We’re all about recycling, reducing, and reusing. We’re preaching about saving polar bears and planting trees.
Someone commented, “Climate change. There is only so much that people can do, but the science has been in and clear for decades now.”
Someone else added, “The fact that generations of people still don’t see it at the same level as foreign relations with respect to how they choose politicians is baffling. Like we should be worried about North Korea when the Western US is running out of groundwater.”
13. National Debt
We’re inheriting a whole lot of financial mess from our predecessors. Our kids might grow up resenting us for the crazy amount of debt they’ll have to deal with.
A Reddit user wrote, “National debt. The debt is going to be a huge expense for the foreseeable future. The wealthy got tax cuts while investing in infrastructure, and education became a bureaucratic nightmare.”
Another replied, “Cities with throw tax cuts at businesses that open a short warehouse because it “creates jobs” but won’t fix potholes that cause wear and tear at best and car collisions at worst.”
One said, “Education: Not doing anything about the kids that constantly disrupt class/cause classroom evacuations, etc., because everyone is trying to make general education the LRE.”
Someone else added, “Also, pushing kids through and up to the next grade when they are clearly failing, this is going to lead to a bunch of kids going to vocational schools, trades, and maybe college, realizing that they maybe only have a 7th or 8th-grade education and they can’t cope.”
But our little scholars might find something to gripe about. Maybe they’ll resent us for not teaching them how to do taxes or change a flat tire.
15. Eating Meat
We’re bombarded with messages about vegetarianism, veganism, and saving animals. But our carnivorous kids might not appreciate us forcing them into a tofu-filled existence.
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Eating meat. I think people in the future will think it was barbaric we were slaughtering billions of animals each year for food.”
Another added, “Yup. History is not going to look kindly upon carnism. It may take several centuries for it to go away, but with lab-grown meat and dairy becoming possibilities, I think it could be sooner.”
16. Mental Health
Someone commented, “Both kids are anti-social, never went to college, have never pursued any kind of career or job beyond simple retail, still live at home, can’t maintain relationships, have mental health issues, etc. They’re total messes.”
Another replied, “I feel this right here is a big part of the teenage mental health crisis. I remember when my teen was a toddler, and smartphones came out. Suddenly, at the park, the parents were phone zombies.”
We’re finally discussing it openly, breaking the stigma, and seeking therapy like it’s the latest trend.
17. Gender Crisis
Now, the gender crisis – we’re living in an era where gender norms are being smashed to pieces, and we’re all for it. But our kids might find it confusing that we didn’t have it all figured out.
A Reddit user wrote, “The gender-affirming trend. I’m not saying there aren’t people who don’t feel that way, but studies have proven 90% of trans cases in preteens are related to autism and/or narcissistic personality disorder in mothers.”
Someone else added, “Yeah, 1800 children aged 6-17 went on puberty blockers in 2022, 300 had top surgeries, and 42 had bottom surgeries, almost as many as in between 2019-2021.”
18. No Privacy
No privacy – welcome to the age of social media and oversharing. We post our every move, our meals, and even our bathroom habits.
Someone commented, “24/7 surveillance. Technology allows you to track everything, and there are parents who will not grant their children a developmentally appropriate amount of privacy or allow their children to make mistakes.”
Another added, “Adults can’t relax while getting like they’re being watched by someone waiting for them to mess up. It’s not like children are magically different.”
Sharenting – it’s a term for parents who overshare about their kids online. We’re guilty of it, aren’t we?
A Reddit user wrote, “Sharenting. The parents who post everything online about their children for validation from others, especially the undignified moments that are embellished to garner extra pity, is not exactly conducive to raising a happy child who will become a well-adjusted adult.”
Another replied, “It’s not like adults fare happily with daily slander. Now imagine that’s coming from mom and dad, the people who you should feel the safest around. But instead, they’re your first cyberbully.”
20. No Vaccination
No vaccination – it’s a debate that’s been raging on for years. Some parents opt out of vaccinations, and our future generation might be less than thrilled about it.
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Not vaccinating their kids. Sure, Reddit skews pro-vaccine, but we’ve had a lot of our generation go down a misinformation and conspiracy theory rabbit hole.”
Someone else added, “The vulnerabilities in herd immunity are already starting to show; it’s really only a matter of time before preventable illnesses return.”
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