It hasn't surprised me that the nostalgia of the Gen-Y childhood is making a comeback. I could sit here and write an endless list of all the reasons the '90s were the best decade to be a child in, from Tamagotchis to Rugrats to 'N Sync (the reasons are endless). But I think there are deeper reasons as to why our Gen-Y childhood culture is making a comeback.
Kids now live in a world where they're given a cell phone before they hit double digits. Instead of playing with Barbie dolls, girls begin to play with straighteners and makeup -- something our generation didn't do until early high school. I can even honestly say that I've taken makeup advice from a middle-schooler. In what world is that even possible?
Your children will begin to individuate and make their own decisions, like choosing their course work, becoming involved in sports or clubs, and seeking their identity based on those choices. This is where we as parents need to learn to let go. Micromanaging or helicoptering your children does not help them -- it actually harms them.