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Homelanders: The Next Generation

Already, I meet parents and teachers who ask the question: What can we expect from the Homelanders, the new generation of kids born after the Millennial Generation or Generation Y?


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According to most social scientists, Generation Y births ended between 2000 and 2002. This means that kids in elementary school now are from a new generation. Two leading generational experts, Howe and Strauss, have already coined the term: Homelanders. They are earth’s newest generation. This name seems to fit since their first year (2003) was about the same time America gave birth to the Department of Homeland Security.

They were born into a different world than previous generations, and are the first generation born in the 21st century. Because their early world is marked by terrorism, a troubled economy and a savvy, almost jaded social climate, they may not embrace the optimism of the early Millennials. In fact, below is my first attempt at contrasting the Homelanders with Generation Y. It is still early, but these are the marks we see in them, as we work with primary-aged kids and observe how parents, culture and schools have shaped them.

GENERATION Y (1984-2002) HOMELANDERS (2003-2021)
Adventurous Cautious and safety preoccupied
Green friendly, but self-indulged Green-biased; focus on conservation
Secure; high self-esteem Insecure; seeking identity
Easy come, easy go Calculated
Poor at finances Frugal stewards of resources
Dependant upon parents/adults Self-reliant
Optimistic and progressive Realistic and pragmatic
Cause-oriented Issue-oriented
I want it all I seek balance; trade-offs
Naïve Globally savvy and aware

Our work with these young students may require us to develop a new set of skills and a new level of emotional intelligence. They may need to hear different words of encouragement. They may need to be pushed to take risks and believe in the future more than their earlier counterparts did. While the world is still at their fingertips and communication with others globally is immediately available, this new batch of kids will approach life a bit more cautiously and safely. They’ll be forced to be more calculated and pragmatic in their planning. They may be compelled to grow up faster than the “postponed” Millennials before them. With this in mind, observe these young children and see what you conclude about the habits forming in their lives. Let’s lead them well.


  1. dmsuhari on October 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    My 3rd son was born in 2003. It’s amazing that even from his early age some of the homelanders characteristics you wrote have shown clearly in his behaviours. Independent, more mature, analytical, calculated, serious. And those showed even from his preschool age, despite the fact that his 2 older brothers are the Y’s.

    • Tim Elmore on October 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      It is amazing when you have 2 different generations of kids living in the same house. Even though they are only a few years apart, there can be marked differences. Hope this article is helpful as you parent them well.

  2. Shashamga on June 22, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    My son was born just after the Generation Y and I observe him to be actually very mixed between the millenial class and the homelanders. For example he would have high self-esteem but also has a foggy identity. Very interesting stuff if you ask me.

  3. Khalil on November 25, 2020 at 2:04 am

    This is really important information. Parents should educate their sons to develop all their skills and their intelligence from an emotional side. The said Society is in a new situation where to be at home become something common, and all skills of Elop through social networks.

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Homelanders: The Next Generation