What does Parennial mean?

A ‘Parennial’ is a parent who was born between the years 1981 and 1996.

If you were born between 1981 and 1996 and have one or more kids from Gen Z or Gen Alpha, you’re a parennial. This term blends “parent” and “millennial”, and it’s not about the “perennial” flower.

This term got popular in the 2010s when most millennials began their parenting journey. They were navigating a whole new landscape, raising kids alongside technology like smartphones, tablets, and social media. This was a first, compared to older generations.

Moreover, parennials tend to parent differently from the past generations. They tend to be much more involved and protective of their children. This has led to different opinions on their parenting style.

You’re likely to come across the term ‘parennial’ in online parenting forums, or you might hear a Gen Xer or a boomer using it. Depending on their perspective on millennial parenting styles, the term can be used in a positive or negative light.

Example for using ‘Parennial’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of the term ‘Parennial’? πŸ€”

No, what does it mean? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

‘Parennial’ refers to millennial parents, those born between 1981 and 1996. πŸ“…

Oh, got it! So, they have kids from Gen Z or Gen Alpha, right? πŸ§’