In typical millennial fashion, I put off getting married and having a family for quite awhile. Instead, I opted for staying single, renting and traveling as I pleased. Two years ago, at 33, I had my first baby and bought my first house. Baby No. 2 came along shortly after. Suddenly, I’m a mom with a mortgage and a 529 savings plan for my kids’ college — and I’ve never felt more like I’m missing out.
Now, every time I open Instagram to the smiling face of a friend enjoying her European vacation with her family (it happens more than you might think) or raise my blinds to see my neighbors doing yet more landscaping to their beautifully renovated house, I feel a very subtle (but very real) pang of envy.
Millennials have dubbed this feeling FOMO — fear of missing out —and when you’re a parent, it’s not only about things you could be missing out on, but stuff your child could be missing out on as well. Luckily, there are a few ways that experts suggest help ward off FOMO, and they don’t involve cutting yourself off from society (at least not completely).