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The paper discusses three solutions that address the generation gap between parents and children. The paper explains how parents must not go too far in their friendship, but they must also be careful not to be too much of a disciplinarian, they must be supportive of the concerns that a child is facing and must speak to children seriously without patronizing them, and finally, communication between parents and children must not be avoided. The paper believes that as both parents and children become more willing to talk to one another, the generation gap slowly recedes and the friendship and shared experiences that were underneath the anxiety and misunderstandings are better able to emerge.
From the Paper:"Very often, parents talk down to their children without meaning to. They think that the child cannot understand adult concepts and so they must present them in a way that they make more sense to children. That is true to a point, but children are very perceptive and often smarter and more understanding than people give them credit for (Casterline, 2009). When things are not explained to them they feel as though they have been left out and they think that they do not matter or that their parents cannot trust them with any information. In trying to help a child and 'be nice,' a parent can actually patronize that child and make him or her feel stupid and uncomfortable. Children should be talked to in the most adult way that they can understand when information has to be given to them, especially about a very serious or grave situation (Casterline, 2009).
"Third, communication between parents and children is difficult, but it must not be avoided (Casterline, 2009). A lot of parents simply do not talk to their children because they are not sure what to say. Those same children do not talk to their parents because they do not feel as though their parents would understand. They want to talk to their friends, but they are not interested in talking to anyone older. They assume (wrongly) that their parents never had to deal with these kinds of things, or that it was so long ago that their parents would not know how to help them. They also assume that they are the only people in the world who are going through, have gone through, or will go through whatever it is that they are currently going through (Casterline, 2009). With that in mind it can be very hard to get them to open up to a parent, but parents must continue to try."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bridging the generation gap (2009). Parentgiving. http://www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/bridging-the-generation-gap-encouraging-children-to-connect-with-elders/
- Casterline, Roger. (2009). Bridging the generation gap and establishing a healthy relationship with your children. Eloquent Books. AEG Publishing. http://www.prlog.org/10211480-bridging-the-generation-gap-and-establishing-healthy-relationship-with-your-children.html
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