What is a parennial?

A parent born between 1981 and 1996

A parennial is a millennial parent, which means they were born between 1981 and 1996, and most likely have one or more Gen Z or Gen Alpha kids. The name comes from the combination of "parent" and "millennial" and is not to be confused with the "perennial" flower.

Parennials rose to prevalence in the 2010s as most began parenting in the mid-to-late- 2010s. Many are raising kids side-by-side with technology, such as smartphones and tablets, and total immersion in social media, which is brand new territory compared to previous generations. Additionally, many parennials are parenting kids differently than previous generations, becoming more involved and protective.

You will likely see parennial online in parenting forums or hear the term used by a Gen Xer or boomer. Additionally, people may use parennial positively or negatively depending on how they view the parenting styles.


My dad sneered at the way parennials coddle their kids
Of course, he did. He raised himself because his dad was absent his whole life and his mom worked most of the day
Parennial with her son looking at a tablet
Parennial with her son looking at a tablet

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Updated March 15, 2023

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