This is a rather weird questions, ‘are millennials opting for pets instead of babies?’ Journalist Josie Cox recently published the article ‘Do millennials opt for a fury baby because they’re broke – or scared of responsibility?‘ You may have seen this on twitter. There has been much debate over this article. Especially arguments from millennials.
Who are the millennials?
This word is getting thrown about quite a lot lately. But is it targeting the wrong people? Millennials are actually the generation born between 1981 and 1996. So they are your typical 22-37 year old.
Are we scared of responsibilty?
I find this article quite offensive. I am classed as a millennial myself and the owner of two little fur babies. I did not get these dogs to replace a baby. I did not get these dogs because I did not want to be responsible. Lastly, I did not get these dogs because I was ‘broke’. I find it really offensive that a women who has just had a child, is classing all 22-37 year olds as irresponsible. If you read my previous post ‘Getting a Puppy‘ you would realise it is not easy. I am not stating that it is harder than a baby. But, a puppy is a huge responsibility. You have to get them into a sleep routine. Train them to walk outside. Ensure that they are toilet trained. There is a huge list of things you need to ensure your do for your fur baby.
What about sleep? Josie’s finishing comment is about lack of sleep for parents and waking up every two hours. Yes okay I haven’t had a baby. I cannot talk about sleep deprivation. But, what I can talk about is settling a puppy. I had my puppy a week before the new year. Now in April, I am just starting to get a full nights sleep again. The first few weeks I was waking up every hour or so from the puppy crying. It then went to 4 or 5 times a night. Slowly it went down to 2 or 3 times. Now he is only waking up once every couple of nights. So her sarcastic comments to fur mamas is highly inappropriate.
Are we all broke?
This article claims that millennials are having fur babies because they cannot afford a child. The thing that offends me the most is her comment ‘now we’ve had a chuckle about it.’ This is talking about the food that dogs are being fed. You would not give your baby cheap food that is not suitable for them. So, why would you give it your pet? Yes I pay a subscription for my dogs food. This is because it is make especially for my dogs and their breads. This tend to be quite expensive, especially having two dogs.
She speaks about us having fur babies instead of babies because we can’t get on the marketing ladder. Unfortunately because of the rising cost of house rices 23% of millennials still live at home. I am 25 and still live with my parent. My sister is 27 and living between my parents house and her boyfriends Moms house. This isn’t because we want to stay at home. It’s due to not being accepted for getting a mortgage or allowed onto the property ladder. So why would this 23% of millennials bring a baby into this world. Would you really bring a baby into the world when you’re not in your own home? now, that would be the irresponsible thing to do.
Sticking your pup in a kennel while you swan off to a festival is more acceptable than doing the same with a young child!
This comment is very disappointing. How many 22-37 year olds do you find swanning off to festivals? You’ve just made the comment that we are broke so how do we afford this? I have never put my pup in a kennel and I never will. If I was going swan off to a festival, I would ensure my pup is safe with a family member or at home. The last thing you would want to do is pay for your pup to get into a kennel and pay for a festival if you are ‘broke’.
Do you agree that millennials are choosing a fur baby instead of a real baby?
Please let me know your views below.
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