Grandparents and teens have their ups and downs when it comes to forming a relationship. The reason is the generation gap that comes between them. Grandparents and grandchildren are at least two generations apart and the circumstances under which each one of them was growing are completely different.
For example, today’s grandparents mostly grew up between the 1940s and 1960s. This time period was full of strife, and wars were being fought. All they have seen in their growing up years is difficulties, instability, and financial burdens. Whereas grandchildren today are being brought in a completely different circumstance. They have a lot of comforts and everything is taken care of for them by their parents.
The circumstances and the surroundings a person grows in have a deep impact on their thinking. That is why grandparents and grandchildren feel the generation gap more than anyone because the circumstances that they both grow up in are quite opposite to each other. However, it would be unfair to ask either one of them to adjust to each other’s demands and the best way to overcome the generation gap is coping with the disagreements. In addition, today's teenagers think differently, speak differently and have completely different values compared to their grandparents. This also plays a big role in establishing the generation gap between grandparents and teenagers.
However, many grandparents are involved in bringing up their grandchildren today. So, there are many things grandparents and grandchildren can learn from each other. However, grandparents who live with their grandchildren, especially teenagers, should make an effort to bridge the generation gap. It is only then teenagers will turn to grandparents for advice and guidance. However, one is for sure that teenagers feel more loved in grandparents' company rather than parents. They also feel that grandparents are able to understand them better than their parents.
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