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BRIDGING THE GAP: Inter-generational Experiences

More than likely, if you are a parent and you are over 60, your "children", are adults. This stage in a family relationship carries different problems and gifts than previous times.

Even if you are not a parent, your relationships with other family members, neighbors and friends probably include Second Trimester folks (ages 30 and over up to 60). It may be that First Trimester's (children, teens and young adults) are less and less in your life. But can be part of family gatherings or everyday exchanges while shopping or using other services.

After age 30, most people are dealing with adulthood for real, many are beginning families of their own, occupations are being formed and life's become very, very busy. It can be that at this age they are examining past resentments and mistaken beliefs about how they were raised (or not, as the case may be). Often those of us in our Third Trimester find younger people have less time to talk, or socialize with us.

Have you had trouble with keeping your nose out of younger people's business, giving advice when not requested, judging their choices anything from cars to spouses, to clothing and other ways they spend their money? Are you still hanging onto old beliefs from when they were in their First Trimester? (which includes their teen years, of course).

Many of us have had a variety of challenges during this time.

More than likely, they may have been exposed to more Personal Growth work for themselves than you did at their age. While this may not be apparent in a common salesperson, or a brief service encounter, if they are a part of your family in any way, you may begin to see that more and more (2nd Tri's especially) are better than you you where at that age about relationship and communication.

So, how does that effect your relationship with them? If you have children will they come to you to "clear" or is it just a constant battle to communicate? Does it sometimes feel as though younger people are speaking a different language? In general, how are you doing with creating the BEST relationship you can have with everyone of any age?

If your answer to that last question is, "Just fine, thank you", please share with the rest of us what makes your relationship so good. What do you find are guiding principles for being an elder in our society? What advice can you give that would help others to enhance their relationships too?

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  • Larry P.

    Sorry, I can't make it again. Will be out of town until December.

    October 15, 2012

  • Sandy M.

    Check out the discussion page for more thoughts on this topic. Also, some seed questions and an fun idea for sharing our old and new favorite jargons from the past and from the present.

    October 15, 2012

  • Sandy M.

    I will have a discussion started on this soon and welcome comments here as well as on the discussion page prior to our meetup. Don't forget, we will still be at Fronimo's but moving to Ward 6 shortly. I'll let you know. Hope you enjoy this topic!

    October 6, 2012

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