Bridging the generation gap
How can you understand
your teen better? Meet Emily and Matthew. They are Generation Y parents or
Millennials. Both are in their mid 30s, work as middle managers and worship
Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian and Eminem. And meet Ava their Generation Z
daughter. She is a middle school student whose icons are Jaden Smith, Zara Larsson
and George Mateus. Overall, a typical present-day family with its honours and
But there's something
hazy too. Like her peers, Ava feels that her parents just don't understand her
well. They often feel the same way about their beloved girl. The root cause
behind this is the generation gap, a contrast in attitudes between people of
various age groups.
Here are the three major
mindset differences between Gen Z kids and their Gen Y parents. Matthew bought
himself a dumb phone when he was 18. Ava got her first Internet-enabled smartphone
as a present when she just turned 11. Gen Z's are true digital natives. For
them, gadgets are not a luxury but indispensable tools. Your mission as a
parent is to set reasonable usage limits and meaningful purposes.
Emily dreamed of
becoming a singer or a movie star when she was little. Ava is all about self-development,
startups and earning a buck while having fun. Gen Z's are very money conscious
and entrepreneurial. They are unlikely to chase unicorns but instead learn and
work their way up step by step.
Matthew and Emily hang
out on Facebook and use it to showcase the brightest sides of their lives to
everyone. Ava's social media experience goes far beyond that. She shares her
innermost feelings and thoughts, but she does that via anonymous platforms like
Snapchat or Yukia. Although Gen Z's literally live in social media, they favour
peer-to-peer social media and online anonymity. Teens actively seek so-called ‘pockets’
where they can be unfiltered and worry less about making mistakes.
Here we come to the
essence. The described differences in attitudes are crucial when it comes to
understanding and raising your Gen Z kid. Simply put, don't take kids gadgets
away. They really need them. Don't “Because I said so!” on them. Try to explain
and convince. Don't hold them back from following their ambitions. It's their inspiration.
Respect to their privacy, including online. Everyone needs some space. And
please don't bore them with long talks. Their attention span is 8 seconds. Lecture
any longer and they're (snoring sound). After all, parents just want their kid
to be well and live a happy life. Understanding your child by learning about
their motivations and values is the eminent step towards this noble goal. So,
go on and step up.
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