If you were born between the years of 1981-1996, your generation is considered the Millennial Generation. My parents did an amazing job parenting my brother and I because they did not coddle us. I was babysitting the neighbor kids at the ripe age of 13. I had my first real job ever since I could drive at 16. Before that, I had responsibilities. I had chores at the house. I knew that along with getting good grades in school (at least B's), I had to come home and do my own laundry and keep my room clean.
What really frustrates me is when people from an older generation find out my age and realize that I'm from the "Millennial Generation". They really do stereotype me. They assume I'm a piece of shit human being who doesn't care about anyone but herself. It's assumed that I still rely on "daddy's money". That I have no work ethic. Or that I am materialistic and cynical.
I am happily married. My husband and I provide for ourselves. Though I am still close (emotionally) to my family, I don't expect them to pay for me. I work harder than most people I know. As soon as I wake up, to the wee hours of the night, I am constantly moving around. I'm either at work, at the gym, or cleaning the house. I am always looking to the bright side of any situation. And I've had the same car for about 7 years now; which is completely paid off. My car is a base model Corolla. It has manual windows and manual locks. Could I afford a newer car? Sure! Why don't I buy one? Because it's not my first priority right now. Unlike my stereotyped millennial counterparts, I don't need the newest gadgets to feel complete. I find joy in having money in my savings account so that we can someday buy our first house.
All I'm trying to say is, don't judge a book by its cover. Get to know people. Don't make assumptions. Encourage those around you. Also, with your kids, push them to work hard. Make them pick up their clothes. Make them appreciate what you do for them.
Essentially, RAISE GOOD HUMANS!
What are the stereotypes you hate for your generation?