CM133: "Who Raised These Cupcakes?" - CounterMentors

CM133: “Who Raised These Cupcakes?”

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“Cupcakes.” Is that Pops’ favorite term for Millennials? (Or is it snowflakes?)

OK, we’ll admit that Millennials are “different.” They ask for more flexibility and personal attention (uhhhh…FEEDBACK) than any generation before them, but does that make them “soft,” as some Boomers claim? Or is it more accurate to say that Millennials are a product of their helicopter parents and the technology they were raised around? Research has increasingly shown how kids raised with technology as a constant companion experience problems with social interactions in young adulthood.

Still, even if all this is true, at what point do Millennials have to move on from how they were raised and own their behaviors?

After spending their childhoods being protected from failure and allowed to “find themselves,” Millennials often struggle in work situations that don’t allow them to do whatever they want or craft a unique, personal experience. How much should they conform to the workplace? Why should work be what they want it to be?

In this episode of the Counter Mentors podcast, Kelly and Robby explore these questions and much more. Are Millennials (and Gen Z) really that different than Boomers were at their age?


Show Notes:

“Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
John Locke

  1. We Need to Talk About Kids and Smartphones” (Time)
  2. The Shopper Retailers Want is 26 Years Old” (WSJ)
  3. The Effects of Helicopter Parenting” (Psychology Today)
  4. How ‘helicopter parenting’ is ruining America’s children” (LA Times)