Today I am tackling the brief section of the report entitled, “Growing Up Millenial.” This little section goes over the fact that the way we are raised and treated as children will impact who we are as adults. (Note: if you were not yet aware of this important truth and it was this report that enlightened you, please be advised that you are not ready to be a parent. Condoms can be found at all major drugstore chains. Use them, please.)
Despite the above-mentioned ‘statement of the obvious’, the report does a good job highlighting the societal factors that have influenced the overall development of our generation.
So you know how the older generations have labeled us as materialistic, coddled, and lazy (these were 3 of the top 5 terms used to describe millenials in a survey)? Turns out, it might not be our fault!
It might be their fault…… here’s why:
1) In the 1990s federal spending on kids increased, and for the first time since the 1920s it surpassed spending on seniors or adults.
Our government spent lots of money on us, so we could have the best of everything. How were we supposed to not be spoiled and materialistic?
2) Canadians were focused on creating the optimal learning conditions for youth.
Our parents and teachers made sure that as little as possible would get in our way while at school. Now, we don’t know how to fight our own battles. We grew up being coddled, and have become accustomed to it.
3) The so-called “self-esteem movement” really gained steam in the 1980s, with an aim to gently nurture a child’s development, thus allowing confidence to develop. The report points out that, in comparison, the previous generation were mostly left to take care of themselves and were provided far less direct guidance and structure.
We were constantly told that we are amazing. If you are already amazing, you have nothing to work for. We were taught to be lazy.
I could go on for some time analyzing this, but I really think this picture says it all…
P.S. It is worth noting that the layout and functioning of the Canadian Millenials website has changed drastically since the last time I visited it. I’m going to revisit the site later when I truly have enough time to figure it out.