Generation X parents are involved in their children’s lives, reports the Oregonian. (Xers are now 25 to 39 years old.)
Generation X includes more stay-at-home dads, fathers working from home and dads cutting back long hours than previous generations, analysts say.
Gen X moms are distinguishing themselves from baby boomers by embracing traditional roles. Although they’re more college-educated than any previous generation, more Generation X moms than boomers are staying home or working part time.
Xers’ focus on home life shows up in several more parenting trends: They make financial sacrifices in exchange for family time; they’re increasingly discipline-oriented; and they let their kids just have fun.
In part this is a reaction to their background, sociologists say. Their childhood was a time of personal and political upheaval. Xers were the first generation with large numbers raised in broken homes. Almost one-third had divorced parents, compared with 13 percent of boomers, according to the Yankelovich research analysis firm. Nearly half of all Xers had working moms. Before they were labeled slackers, they were latchkey kids.
Compared to permissive baby boomers, Gen Xers are more likely to set boundaries for their children, and less addicted to signing up the kids for endless enrichment activities, researchers say. That sounds like good news.
My kid brother and his wife are GenXers, and they certainly are dedicated parents.