Generation gap means a difference of attitude and nature between people of different generations due to lack of understanding. A generation gap can be used to describe the differences in thoughts, actions, and tastes between members of younger generations and older ones. A generation gap happens due to the constant changes in the world. Age is the main reason between people of different generations.

Generally, it is seen between parents and kids because parents fail to understand their kids and vice versa. The parents usually follow the traditions and customs. They expect their children to follow the custom they have. But the kids are of the modern age with a modern outlook. They refuse to accept these traditions. The parents must try not to impose the same expectations that their parents had from them when they were kids. Similarly, the kids must not feel wrong about their parents but try to understand their point of view.

Some teenagers feel that their parents need to show more trust in them and give them more independence and privacy but they should know that parents are mostly just concerned for their safety. In today’s era, teenagers want their me-time more without the interference of their family. Comparing children to each other is another reason the gap becomes wide.

Due to the responsibilities of an adult and the stress that comes from their work, parents often find themselves too tired to spend enough time with their kids every day. This causes a lack of communication and interaction that widens the generation gap between parents and their children. Parents often have dreams for their kids, and force them in that direction without taking into consideration what their child wants.

Few tips that help to bridge the generation gap between parents and their children:

1. Parents should keep an open mind and must try to understand that all children are not the same, all have different qualities and they should not b compare with other children.

2. Communication is very important in every relationship. Parents and kids must have time to interact with each other which strengthens their relationship and it may help to finish this generation gap between them.

3. Parents must try to learn about the thoughts and opinions of their child which makes them feel like what they want or feel matters to you, which in turn makes them feel much closer to you than before.

4. Parents and children have unconditional love but they fail to express it which widens the generation gap. So, they must show their love to each other and try to spend more time together.

5. Most importantly, parents and children should have an understanding level. They should learn to understand each other’s thoughts, opinions, ideas, points of view, and feelings which will act as a bridge between the generation gap. They should talk freely and without conflict make each other understand your views. Conflict will only widen the generation gap so without conflict try to sort out the problems.

From the above points discussed, we can conclude that the generation gap affects the relationship between people of two different generations. 

We should try our best to establish a friendly and harmonious relationship between two different generations so that our relationships cannot be harmed.

 

          Author – Palak Bedi

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