Communications Through the Years

How to Make Friends with Your Grandparents and Parents

By Daniel Intrater

Communicating across the generational divide allows a lot to be learned. As technology advances, it becomes harder for the Generation XYZers (1965-Present) to communicate with Baby Boomers and elder generations.

Learning from The Silent Generation

Grandparents are a valuable source of information. Ever since I can remember, when I would go over to my grandparents house, I was taught one or two historical facts. Grandparents are great sources of information — they lived through historical events and can share facts and memories about them.

I learned many skillls from my grandparents. I have never been much of a sewer or gardener. Nevertheless, through the years, my grandmother has taught me both. I also learned some fun games, such as bridge and Maj-Jong. If you master the game, they will invite you to come play with their friends…for money!

Grandparents have wisdom. They have overcome obstacles and experienced many events to get to where they are. Sitting down and talking with my grandparents, I learn something new from each conversation. From family history to emotional support, they know it all. But don’t try to force them into using technology, such as phones and laptops. Let them ease into it and, ultimately, communicate with them where they are comfortable.

What you Can Learn from The Baby Boomers

Parents are also a great source of information and knowledge. My parents have taught me  the importance of religion, manners, multi-tasking, patience and love, all skills that are important to my development.

Parental guidance can encourage us to follow their chosen religious path and model how to handle  yourself in public. Parents are some of the best multi-taskers on the planet. From daily employment, to cooking, to laundry to loving, they do it all concurrently. Some parents even multi-task with a smile, or while cracking a joke!

“Patience is a virtue” is a common saying. Observing parents can lead to learning about patience. They teach by example: waiting for you to potty train, at appointments or at activities. Parents teach unconditional love. The best way to honor your parents is to be patient with them as they age and face challenges. Remember to reciprocate the unconditional love and patience that was shown to you!

Daniel is a nineteen year old journalism major at Ohio University

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