Generation gap exists between any two generations. There is a huge difference in lifestyles and habits between different generations. There are times when our parents feel that they cannot understand us at all and I am sure we would be at the same stage some day in the future.
G for Generation Gap
There is a huge difference in the way my mom and I react in a particular situation. I always feel that her generation was more conservative and believed in so many myths which are vague in my generation. Her generation did not have much access to information and they relied upon word of mouth mostly. My generation has the power of internet and thank to it, information is now available on the internet. I am from the generation which loves taking risks and owning up to their decisions. There can be a lot of conflicts between people who belong to different generations.
Our parenting styles are different. I feel I am more flexible when it comes to my child as compared to my parents. The clash in opinions can sometimes be harsh on the parent-child relationship. We have already learnt how to take care of this conflict with our parents, but we do not know what future holds for us. How the world would be 20 years from now when my son turns to be an adolescent or an adult?
How to Bridge the Generation Gap
Stay open minded
Open mindedness helps us in looking at things with a new perspective. If we are stubborn and do not wish to understand things from the kid’s point of view, we would never be able to understand how they feel about certain situations.
Communicate your concerns with your child and respect his decisions. This is an important link to bridge the generation gap. Have a good rapport with your child so that he does not hesitate to talk his heart our to you.
We need to respect our children. After all they have their own identity. We need to respect their decisions even when we feel they are wrong. Of course we should help them make the right decision but we ay let them learn the harder way sometimes.
We need to accept the fact that the way things worked at our times would be different than how they would work in the coming generations.
Both the parent and the child need to work on how to take care of this gap. We must not push our child beyond his limits. Have healthy relationship with your child and learn and appreciate their needs and situations from their perspective. You’re never too old to learn a new thing or two.
Children at the same time should also be understanding and respectful towards their parents. Don’t feel ashamed of your parents if they do not know how to use a particular device or have different ideologies than you do. The learning and appreciation works both ways. Remember, they lived in a different world than yours.
This blog is a part of my series on A-Z of Parenting, Unlearn the Alphabets after becoming parents and Blogchatter AtoZ.