I know what you’re thinking – what the heck is a Xennial parent? I mean, we’ve got the Baby Boomers, the Millennials and the X-generation. But the Xennial are in a totally different demographic on their own. According to people in the know, Xennial is a term being used to describe people born between 1977 and 1983. The micro generation is a mix between the “pessimistic gen-X” and “optimistic millennial.”
In other words, they feel like they don’t identify with millennials or generation X. As someone born right smack in the middle of the Xennial generation, I totally get it. I’m old enough to know what the Oregon Trail was but still young enough to know how to play with Snapchat filters. And as a parent, my parenting definitely shows that I’m a Xennial. I had a childhood free of social media posts and mobile phones but I’m also pretty savvy when it comes to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram but know better than to overshare by posting too many photos of my kids online, too.
With that being said, here are 6 signs that you are a Xennial Mom (and proud of it!)
1. You Encourage Outside Play
Not only do you get your kids to play outside everyday, but you encourage it, too. That’s because you’ve read enough books about Danish parenting to know the benefits of keeping your kids outdoors during all waking hours.
Plus, you just happened to spend a semester abroad in Copenhagen checking out all of the cool kids playgrounds they have there, too.
2. No Gender Rules
Growing up, your LEGOs weren’t purple. He-Man and She-Ra were equally as tough and bass ass. You remember the female Transformer everyone seems to forget about. And you certainly don’t remember Barbie looking anything like the Monster High girls you see today.
And now as a parent, you don’t bother to pick toys out of the boys section or the girls section at the store. Toys are toys, and should be played by everyone, regardless of gender or Lego color!
3. You Let Your Kids Play in the Mud
Sure, it might totally mess up that crisp white, overpriced Vineyard Vines shirt that your sister-in-law bought for your toddler, but it doesn’t matter. You know that whenever your kid is dripping in mud, it’s a good day.
That’s because you know that the engaging sensory play children partake in while playing with mud allows them to express their creativity while enhancing their fine motor skills.