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PR Segments: Millennial Fathers and LGBT Parents Are Misrepresented by Brands, New Report Asserts

advertiser targeting, brand representation, Cassandra, Engine Group, LGBT parents, Marketing, Melanie Shreffler, Millennial dads, Millennial parents, parenting population, Pr, Public relations, stay-at-home dads, youth insights81% of Millennial Parents Believe Fathers Are Not Portrayed Accurately in Ads

As more Millennials become parents, advertisers are not keeping up—and are missing a significant opportunity with an influential generation of moms and dads, reveals a new report from Cassandra, an Engine Group company for youth insights and emerging trends.

Cassandra’s Modern Parents Report found that only 19 percent of Millennial parents in the U.S. feel dads are represented fairly by brands—a number that dips to 9 percent when Millennial parents were asked about the representation of LGBT parents by advertisers.

“Brands are still depicting dads as bumbling or uninformed when it comes to caring for their children, and as a result, they’re alienating a key segment of the parenting population,” said Melanie Shreffler, senior insights director at Cassandra, in a news release. “That stereotype does not resonate with an open-minded generation that has moved beyond traditional gender roles and family units.”

The report reveals:

Millennial dads (not moms) dominate social media.

  • Millennial dads are significantly more likely than Millennial moms to style or stage photos of their child for the purpose of posting them on social media.
  • They are also more likely than Millennial moms to post videos of their child online.
  • Millennial dads are also just as likely as Millennial moms to comment or blog about their child’s achievements or activities online.

Stay-at-home dads (SAHDs) overall feel more fulfilled in their roles than stay-at-home Moms (SAHMs).

  • Only 11 percent of SAHDs would prefer to have a job or career (compared to 13 percent of SAHMs).
  • SAHDs are much less likely to report feeling:
    • Exhausted at just 28 percent (compared to 56 percent for SAHMs)
    • Stressed at 32 percent (compared to 49 percent of SAHMs)
    • And under-appreciated, at 15 percent (compared to 40 percent for SAHMs)

“Millennial dads are not simply inhabiting the role traditionally reserved for mothers,” Shreffler added. “They are embracing the opportunity and putting their own twists on parenting. We are seeing this in viral videos of dads doing their daughters’ hair and the recent Cheerios Challenge.”

The report also found shifting trends in the following areas:

Parenting Style

  • After growing up with Boomer “peerents” who acted like their children’s friends, Millennials are rebounding from this approach and adopting a parenting style that in which they are more of a mentor or guide role, encouraging their kids to find their independence and take an active role in family decision making.


  • Millennial parents are lax when it comes to their kids trying alcohol and marijuana.
    • The average age at which parents believe it is acceptable for their kids to drink alcohol is 19, while the average age at which they believe it is acceptable to use marijuana is 14.

Quality Family Time

  • Millennial parents are not fighting the invasion of technology in family life, which they consider a given; instead they are finding ways to use it to their advantage and bring their families closer together.

Get more info about the research at

Cassandra’s Modern Parents Report was generated through a quantitative online survey fielded in the U.S. and the UK. We interviewed a sample of 1,000 U.S. and 1,000 UK Millennial parents defined as adults ages 19 to 35 who have a child that is 17 years old or younger. Parents had to have complete or partial responsibility for their child’s care in order to participate. Throughout the report, we refer to these groups as U.S. and UK Parents. The quantitative survey was fielded from March 22 through April 6, 2016.

Source: Marketwired; edited by Richard Carufel

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