The generation born between 1981 to 1996, categorized as the Millennials have practically come of age. Many are now parents who face the task of steering and guiding their children in a world that is totally different from their own. What is notable about Millennial parents though is that they allow communication between them and their children to flow freely.
There is no topic that they will not discuss with their kids because they know that eventually, their children will seek and obtain information on their own. Millennial parents know too well from their own experience that as children, young people tend to be selective in acquiring information.
More often than not, they are only interested in the what and how, and not too much on the pros and cons, especially if it is something that social media influencers are promoting.
What Makes Millennial Parents Different?
Actually it is not hard to imagine a typical set of Millennial parents as a tech-savvy couple who spends a great deal of time bonding with their children.
First off, Millennial parents are no longer broken down into a typical dad who is off to work on a daily basis and a stereotype harried mom who has to balance her time between work and house chores.
Times have changed and advancements in technology have made it possible for people to do their work-at-home or to maintain flexible working hours. They can do small chores like paying bills, shopping for groceries or not waste time in long cues, because things can simply be arranged online.
According to research reports conducted by Ipsos Connect, 87 percent of Millennial dads take a more active role in raising their children by learning about parenting topics including meals to prepare, products to use or learning to fix things. Mainly because they want to raise their children in an environment where there are no distinctions in gender roles. That being the case, Millennial moms know how to change tires and play video games
When watching YouTube videos, about 91 percent of Millennial parents who do so, also checkout general and popular cultural trends in order to keep abreast of the things that currently interest young people. Video games are high on the list because majority of Millennial parents regard teaming up, or combatting against their children as the most enjoyable and productive approach to bonding and communicating with them.
In emphasizing the importance of being part of their children’s video gaming experience, Millennial parents can help their children avoid becoming victims of cyberbullies. Since video gaming is a world they grew up in, these breed of parents are more or less experienced on how to handle, if not avoid, gamers with bullying tendencies. After all, bullies prey on weak players as a way of boosting their own ranking as players.
Citing Rainbow Six Siege as example, playing ranked games instead of casual scenes enable players to become matched with teammates and opponents that have similar skill levels. It also gives them greater opportunities to improve fast in r6 and get better Matchmaking Rating (MMR). Some parents help by looking for a clan or party of similar ranked players, which their kids can join; or arrange for a rank boosting service provider to join them until they can achieve their target rank.
The bottomline is that in being aware of what your children are up to, even in something as trivial as video gaming, you will always be the first person to whom they will turn for help and advice.