"We are beginning to see parents — especially millennial parents — make fundamental shifts in their approach to raising children," Parents magazine quoted Katie Bugbee of Care.com as saying. "With more dual-income households, greater access to technology, and shifts in parental roles, family dynamics are changing and giving rise to some exciting and positive parenting trends."
These are 16 trends parents might embrace in 2016.
Classic board games
Mike Spohr wrote for BuzzFeed that parents will make limiting screen time a priority in the new year, and encouraging kids to enjoy "throwback" games is one way they'll accomplish that. Checkers, anyone?
Parents unable to decide between two names for their newborn might just mix them in 2016, according to Reuters. If deciding between the names Eileen and Lynn, parents could opt for Eilynn.
Daughters carrying on family name
Bugbee wrote for care.com that moms and dads no longer just have first sons continue the family name; it's a trend extended to daughters now with many named after their mothers.
A notable 2016 trend is parents letting kids "have a little space to breathe," according to Parents magazine. Giving kids a bit more freedom to manage their lives and schedules will make for more independent kids, according to the piece.
Marianne Litman wrote for babypost.com whose parenting style in particular moms and dads might draw inspiration from to instill that independence in their kids: "Millennial parents will evoke an Elsa-like let it go approach (to raising their kids)."
Talk about emotions
Parents might utilize films like 2015's "Inside Out" to "get kids to understand and discuss their emotions," according to BuzzFeed.
Share of duties
Care.com indicated parents might minimize their efforts to do it all in order to become "present and available" to their kids. Moms and dads are realizing "a less can be more approach" works with holidays, after-school activities and birthday parties.
BuzzFeed's piece indicated that activities to engage kids' senses — touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing — help in early childhood development. Games that emphasize these qualities will prove popular in 2016.
According to care.com, enlightened parents plan to show their children through actions in 2016 how to be compassionate toward peers with differences such as disabilities. That provides a "stronger, more modern" message, care.com reported.
Increase in professional nannies
Reuters reported that in 2015, "Care.com saw year-over-year increases in job posts for nannies and caregivers with special pedigree, including college degrees (+25 percent) and CPR/First Aid (+55 percent)." Parents will seek caregivers with master's degrees and child psychology backgrounds in 2016.
In 2016, the "rich and famous" won't be the only ones organizing a "care team" to watch over kids during the work week, according to Washington Family. Families might have two nannies, leading to more flexibility and variety for kids.
Instilling skills like coding
Games and apps geared toward teaching children how to code are plentiful, so parents will teach their kids this still, BuzzFeed reported. Among its benefits in the tech-driven world, coding develops kids' ability to use logic.
What do Marigold, Primrose and Bluebell have in common? They're names of flowers — but also girls' names surging in popularity in 2015, according to the Post. Although options such as Lily and Daisy are "overused," parents find these quirky options appealing.