These Millennials Share Their Messages to Their Future Children
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 04, 2019 10:31am
Art by Dani Elevazo
A lot of millennials don't want kids. At least, they don't want them yet. They have different reasons: career, financial stability, overpopulation—they don't run out of points. Bottom line: having a kid is not a millennial’s priority.
But if they would have babies, what would they want for their future children? Would they aim for what their parents gave them as a child? Will they follow their parents’ pattern of raising a child or will they have a style of their own? What would they say to their kids? These millennials answer the questions.
“Okay lang na 'di siya nage-excel sa academics. Hindi ko siya ipu-push na maging top ng class. Kasi feeling ko, mas ma-nu-nurture siya mentally nang walang pressure.”
- Shara, 22, Content Specialist
“I don’t want to make promises I couldn’t keep. I would also like them to know that the world is harsh, but I don’t want to protect them from it. Gusto ko i-provide lahat ng pangangailangan niya para mag-focus na lang siya sa sarili niya.”
- Erika, 26, Managing Editor
“Someday in life, you will meet problems, rejections, failures, and disappointments. But with HIM [God] in your heart, I will be confident that you'll be able to overcome all of those.”
- Mia, 22, Teacher
“I will be proud of you at your weakest times because you are strong and you will overcome every challenge there is. I will tell you every day how much you are loved. You will be the greatest gift your Mom and I will have. You are a gift from God. And I can’t finally wait to meet you.”
- Jojo, 32, Senior Manager
“To my future kids, life might be tough for you at first—you may fall, get hurt, get teased and judged, cry a lot. But remember, you’re not alone. When things get rough, daddy’s here to love and support you.”
- Aki, 23, Team Leader
“‘Wag ma-pressure sa buhay pero nandoon 'yung pagnanais na makapagtapos ng pag-aaral at maging magalang and God-fearing.”
- Ken, 25, Student
“I hope I can shape you up to be confident—to stand firm on your beliefs, voice out your thoughts and do not worry or be afraid. I hope you don't seek others’ approval for your own decisions, and I hope I’ll raise you to be not gullible or fragile. I hope you’re strong yet still, kind.”
- Sherry, 22, Writer
“Never doubt your capabilities. Consider each day as an opportunity to make yourself better. Also, try your best to improve more on your strengths and to embrace your weaknesses. In that way, you will surely be more well-rounded individuals.”
- Gilbert, 31, Teacher
No matter the age or generation, parents would still want what’s best for their children. Millennials probably don’t want kids as of today. But if someday they would have little versions of themselves, they would want the small ones to be independent. They want to empower their kids and encourage them to be what they want to be.
Interviews have been edited for clarity and brevity.