Generation gap is a gap of communication that leads to misunderstanding and disharmony. It refers to the gap between young and old. It is about mindsets and methods and it is not one sided. Youth is full of passion and drive and is risk friendly. The old have wisdom and experience and they are risk averse. Just passion and risk taking are not enough, neither are experience and wisdom because we live in a dynamic world. Strategies have to change and for this we need understanding and flexibility.

The older and younger generation need to communicate, synergise and draw the best from each other. A friendly dialogue and conversation is essential to bridge the gap.  Use both head and heart. Harmonise both male and female energies in you and that integration will guide you to deal with situation. Advise children without seeming to be interfering.  Present your viewpoint in a friendly manner without being autocratic. Ensure also that children are receptive so that they listen when you advise them.

Parents should understand that more than the words they utter it is their being and intention which get communicated. Use the power of love and then you will know how to deal with the people. Learn to enjoy dealing with them. They are going through transition and so help them to cross the barrier. Don’t use too much of logic, just show love.

One has to be friendly, frank, flexible and fair. Young people may feel discipline is snatching their freedom. This is not true. Bringing up children involves education. It takes time but you should be an empowering parent. The world has good and bad to offer. We must choose what is good for us and that is the message parents should impart to the children.

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