Has the generation gap left a small window for healthy interaction between parents and children?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that if there is a problem here it is not a revolutionary or radical one.  There has always been a generational gap between they way parents and children view reality.  Both sets of individuals perceive reality through the lens of age.  This does not make interaction impossible or something that cannot be accomplished in a healthy manner, but it is one that tempers the understanding of reality.  The generation gap does not inhibit interaction, but rather offers a different perspective on it.  For every example of unhealthy communication between parents and children, one can find another example of healthy interaction between them.  This means that healthy interaction is not necessarily determined by the generational gap.  It just has to be understood that it might temper the way in which people interact with one another.  At the same time, I think that one has to see that the generation gap has been around for so long that even if communication and interaction is challenged, it is not at a point where there can be no chance of healthy interaction.  There are other factors at play that inhibit healthy communication and interaction and it might not be entirely accurate to lay this at the doorstep of the generation gap.

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