Modern Parents Looking For More 'Me Time' Than Previous Generations

Almost twice as many millennial parents compared to baby boomers wish they had more spare time.

What you need to know
  • New report shows many first-time mums and dads want more personal time than previous generations
  • That's even though current parents generally have more help from the grandparents
  • Modern parents want more time to sleep, exercise and be with their partner

Millennials want more 'me time' than previous generations, despite receiving more help than their parents and grandparent ever did.

Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-64) and Generation X (born 1965-76) had more time for rest, relaxation and social activities compared to the parents of today, according to a new report.

The Generational Parenting Report by Fisher-Price found current first-time parents are craving more time to sleep, exercise and spend with their partners. The new report reveals:

"Gen Y parents are showing a desire for more rest, relaxation and 'me' time."

The desire for more spare time comes even though first-time mums and dads are receiving more support from their families in raising their child.

Despite the increase in support and access to more parenting information, Gen Y reported the same levels of sleep deprivation, experienced by their parents and grandparents.

All generations say the the first two months are the worst for sleep deprivation. On average, all mothers managed only 4.8-5.5 hours of shut eye per night – 2-4 hours less than the recommended sleeping time - regardless of the generation.

Comparatively, fathers received between 5.4-5.9 hours per night, that's 1.5-3.5 hours less than the recommended amount.

The report revealed financial stress is often to blame -- and that's apparently always been the case:

"While surviving with little sleep is a feat, impact on family finances has presented the greatest level of concern for first-time parents across all three generations, closely followed by the impact on partner connection and personal health, all of which are steadily growing in concern in recent generations."

But there is some good news..

Gen Y parents are spending more quality time with their partners -- and are looking for more trustworthy parental advice, compared to their predecessors.