Parenting - Teens | 0-18 yrs

Bridging The Generation Gap

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Generation gap is a universal phenomenon. To put it simply, it is the difference of opinion between members of two generations, typically between parents and teens. When such differences start cropping up frequently, it can have an adverse impact on the relationship between members of two generations. 

Are you also a parent who views the world differently from his child? If so, you should actively consider taking steps to bridge the divide.

The article, 'Tips for parents to cope with generation gap',  says, "When children express their feelings, understand them in the modern world context."

So, the first, and the most important, step to take is to analyse and understand in which circumstances there arises sharp difference of opinions. Once you have a fair idea of the areas where you and your child hold divergent views, you can come up with strategies to narrow down the differences. 

Some of the things you can do are establish open-minded, objective and effective communication, listen patiently and understand your child's worldview, while calmly explaining yours with sound reasoning. However, while doing this, it is also important to set clear boundaries on matters of core values and discipline. 

With a little effort, it is possible to work on these gaps and establish a healthy parent–child relationship. Active parental efforts aimed at bridging the generation gap can contribute to the well-being and development of teens in the long run.

Oubria Tronshaw, in an article on 'Our Everyday Life', states, "Communicating regularly with your children can go a long way toward bridging the generation gap, since, according to the American Psychological Association, listening and talking are essential elements to a healthy parent-child relationship." 

For more insight into this topic, flip through our ClipBook. With its interesting collection of articles, it will prove to be a great help in this direction.

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