10 Things Millennials Do That Parents Just Don’t Understand
As I reminisce on our wedding photos, I started thinking about how hard it was to convince my parents to actually come to my destination wedding. Believe it or not, my parents planned on not attending my wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They couldn’t figure out why I wanted to get married in Mexico and plus, my Mom hasn’t flown on an airplane in over 30 years. Then I started thinking about all the things I do completely different from how I was raised by my parents. But it’s not just me that’s pushing the boundaries of my parents’ limitations, but it’s the entire Generation Y as a whole. So here are 10 things Millennials do that parents just don’t understand.
- Destination Weddings: Since I already brought this topic up, this is my number one. Destinations weddings are gaining more and more popularity. As more couples lean towards having their weddings in the Caribbeans, let’s hope more parents become more accepting to this growing trend.
- Traveling: We all know how popular traveling has become, especially within black culture. I have been to more than 10 countries in the past year and a half. My parents think I have lost my mind. Let’s not even talk about how my Grandma feels. I can her voice now, “Hey Grasshopper (yes, that’s my nickname to my Grandma), where are you now? Timbuktu?”
- Wedding Rings: Back in the day, you can guarantee a diamond ring was the way to go for your bride to be. Nowadays you have everything from ruby to pearl wedding rings. Even I was thrown for a loop when my soon-to-be fiance wanted a morganite ring. You can even get silicon rings to wear which is extremely useful if you use your hands a lot or if you just want to keep your main ring in tip-top shape. Being the GQ model that I am, I have about 10 rings myself. I wonder how my parents feel about that?
- Food: Growing up in Louisiana, soul food is what we’re raised on. And pretty much anywhere we went, it was good ole American food or soul food. Fast forward to 2017, I eat just about anything. On my parent’s last visit to Austin, I tried introducing them to something new. We went to a food truck park that had all types of different food like Thai, Greek, and Indian. Long story short, all my parents ordered were french fries. And that leads me to my next topic.
- Diets: I don’t remember anything about dieting growing up, at least not in my household. If you wanted to get healthy or lose weight, you did it the old-fashion way. Exercising. Now we have all sorts of diets and eating habits. I asked my Dad if he wanted to go Vegan and he told me, “Boy, you know this is a Christian family.”
- Cutting the Cord: Since the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, my household hasn’t had cable for the past two years. We cut our cable for several reasons like: too expensive, no need for 1,000 channels, and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick saved our lives. So beware family members when you visit, we don’t have cable.
- Multiple Jobs: Back in the day, you mostly had one maybe two jobs that you worked. You might have worked long hours but it’s nothing like today, working 3–4 different jobs. That’s exactly how it is in our household. We each juggle at least three jobs apiece. The hustle is real.
- Dating: This one is probably a given. I’m pretty sure they didn’t have Tinder back in the day. Dating has changed so much from when my parents grew up. My Mom still trying to understand the difference between dating and just talking.
- Technology: Technology is on another level. I can barely keep up myself. From the latest cell phones to drones to virtual reality, this is one of the most advanced generations in history. I can only imagine what the next generation will be like.
- Living Arrangements: I don’t think people had roommates back in the day like they do now. Nowadays, you can find roommates on Craigslist. Millennials are all about not taking the traditional route. Whether that’s living with three other people, building a tiny house, living out your car-turned-camper, this is what we do. And my personal living arrangements may even trump (no pun intended) some millennials. So my wife and I have roommates, which is my brother and sister. It may be strange for you, but it works for us (for the time being). We’re barely home as it is and we don’t plan on having kids anytime soon. Plus how these Austin prices are set up, we’re just fine for now!
I could go on, but I’ll cap my list off at 10. What are some things that you do that your parent(s) don’t understand?