Dear Young Millennial Mom, Don’t Sweat Gen Z

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Dear Young Millennial Mom,

I think we’ve all heard by now about the side parts and skinny jeans commentary.

For you young mamas with twos still in front of your age or low threes, Gen Z collectively called you “ma’am” for the first time. It’s jarring, I know! I feel you, sister.

I’m an “old Millennial”. Closer to the 40 mark and my babies aren’t babies anymore. But with age comes wisdom (at least a little anyhow). I’d like to pass on some of this wisdom to you.

Millennial Mom

Don’t Forget Their Age

Don’t get triggered by their commentary! No one wants to hear they aren’t cool or that they’re old. But don’t forget, these kids are still kids. They still think the world is ending when they get ghosted by their crush. I’m sure they are telling each other about how they’d never be behind the fashion game when they are old. Or, ‘I’ll never have kids, gross’! It may be true for some but we know how that goes.

They Need Something To Regret

Thanks to Millennial makeup tutorials, Gen Z skipped the awkward makeup stage. You’re  welcome, Zoomers! Pulling 90’s fashion out of the depths of the fashion dumpster isn’t a great move. But hey, every generation needs to look back and think ‘what were we thinking?!’. We already did grunge and the scrunchie game. You know why baggy Mom jeans went OUT of style, because they don’t look good on anyone. We know because we already lived through this. We have pictures that make us cringe in them but you do you, Gen Z.

If That’s How They Can Spot US

I’ll take it! They could have said, “grey hair and eye wrinkles”. If I got out of my leggings and put on my skinny jeans, cute top and cute shoes and that’s how you know I’m old…we are good! The closer I get to 40, the more confident I am in my existence. It’s the best part of aging!

Most Importantly, if you feel good about yourself in your skinny jeans and your side part…rock it Mama! You have more important things to worry about like, calming down your toddler who is having a meltdown about the blue cup they asked you for.

In Solidarity,

Old Millennial Mom

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A Florida native, Chenoa is originally from Miami but has been living in Maitland for 22 years with a short 2-year break where she lived in (and fell in love with) Raleigh, NC. She's part "adopted Southern charm" with a streak of feisty Miami girl! She's Mom to two strong-willed, preemie babies, a 25 weeker and a 35 weeker, who now are thriving big kids (6yr old girl and 3yr old boy). They have led to a hot mess parenting style that's fueled by coffee to get through the day and wine to try and soothe the nerves at night. She's married to her college sweetheart who she met at the University of Central Florida (GO KNIGHTS) while studying English-Creative Writing and the fine art of Greek life. She's a DIY junkie who loves Fixer Upper (of course), loves reading, cooking and writing. When out and about with her husband, sans kids, she loves eating at new local places around Winter Park, enjoying coffee from a favorite local coffee shop or enjoying a date night at Eden Bar in Maitland. Her adventures through motherhood have included recently transitioning from full-time working Mom to stay-at-home Mom, raising a sassy, hilarious little girl and helping her silly little guy navigate some developmental delays that have challenged her to slow down and let him guide her way. She hasn't lost hope that she can control all the things that parenting brings and her kids haven't given up trying to prove her wrong. Her husband is the Helicopter Parent to her Free Range which is the perfect topping to the chaos of everyday life! She frequents social media and uses her Instagram to document the fleeting moments of "put-togetherness" that occasionally happen by accident...sometimes.

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