“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it and wiser than the one that comes after it.”
So beautifully articulated by George Orwell about the Generation Gap.
Are we not deceiving ourselves?
Why can’t we respect each other’s opinions and try to make out what is best for the current situation?
What is the generation gap?
I am limiting my topic to parents vs children.
It’s a lack of understanding between older and younger people that results from different experiences of life-Cambridge Dictionary
But I think more than age, the reason is due to thinking patterns and current trends.
We come across this problem in every family between teenage children and parents.
Why it is happening?
Both parents and children claim that the other is not trusting them.
Parents feel children are spoiled by modern trends (acceptable to teenagers), while children feel that the thinking power of adults is outdated.
Added to this misunderstanding and agony is the advancement of technology and when things are moving too fast when adults are not able to keep pace with the younger generation.
Parents forget the fact that adolescence is often influenced by the society around them and the young blood boils when parents don’t tolerate teenagers’ mistakes.
The worst thing is parents always compare their children’s performance with the other children.
How to avoid this?
I am not an expert on this subject.
But a few simple steps can help.
- Parents can approach the issues with an open mind
- Try to listen to the children and understand what kids are experiencing in the society
- Proper and good communication
- Compromise-allow kids to develop their own thinking power
- Don’t force anything on the kids
“We as parents may not always be right.
We may still be stuck up with…”In our days it used to be so and so”
Remember a big generation gap separates us.
So if your child’s opinion differs from yours…Relax, ponder, and converse.
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Take care, my friend.
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