The research world's fascination with the mind of the millennial seems to have no outer limit. Now come the insurers, as The Hartford probes that mind on the matter of parenthood.

Plenty of studies have shown that millennials are much more concerned with an enriched life experience than the generations that preceded them. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that The Hartford's study found that millennials are leading the charge for extended paternity leave.

These Gen Yers have tended to postpone the marriage-and-a-baby-carriage stage. But now, as they begin to confront their mortality and cast thoughts toward their legacies, they are seriously considering how they want life to be after the little one(s) arrives.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.