Since I was in high school, I’ve been studying the unique generations and how the culture has shaped each of them. For the first time in our history, we have four different generations working together…or trying to anyway. Family life is no exception with multi-generations living under one roof. As conflicts and frustration rise, let me just offer some very basic suggestions:
1. Spend time with your elders. The Traditional or World War II Generation have lived through a wide range of life experiences. They have lived with and without. Their wisdom is priceless. Ask questions, listen and learn before it’s too late. Besides, you will someday be considered an elder.
2. Encourage and support your peers. We are all on a journey trying to find our way. Let us not get so caught up in ourselves that we forget to offer a helping hand to those who need it. The holiday season is the perfect time to phone friends with kind words or a listening ear. Stuff is just stuff. We’re all on this planet together, and we need each other.
3. Invest in our youth. Rather than complain about what they aren’t doing, help kids develop areas they are lacking. Volunteer, mentor, coach, train or simply cheer our younger generations on. We’ll get from them what we expect, so expect great things!
I have an excellent program that helps one understand the strengths of each generation and how to work together toward a common goal.