How Different Generations Can Co-Exist Among Themselves


Posted on October 3, 2016


Different age-groups living together can be challenging as each generation will certainly have different opinions about specific situations. Also, their approach to a problem or a situation will vary. A perfect example of this is when adults move in or move their parents in with them to care for them. Your parents might still think of you as children but as the caregiver here, it’s your responsibility to become the ‘parent’ in this scenario and care for their needs. It is imperative to make sure that your parents and your newer family members, like your wife or children, get along seamlessly.

Let Us Discuss the Five Possible Ways to Keep the Peace:

1. It is very important to set some boundaries. If your wife or girlfriend is moving in, it is rather important for your parents to know what may be deemed as acceptable and what may not. Also, be polite and affectionate while talking to your loved ones to ensure mutual respect and avoid any awkwardness.

2. Learn to listen now that you have made your points clear. Your parents may have questions and assertions of their own that they wish to put across. Be patient, hear them out and reason with them accordingly. Smoothen out the situation as best as you can. A little bit of compromise goes a long way.

3. It is prudent to remember that just because you don’t believe or follow a certain style of doing things, it doesn’t make the other style wrong. You parents may have done something that you may not approve but learn to adjust and see the bigger picture where every battle should not be fought.

4. Don’t forget about your new family members. They need your attention as well. Set apart some time every week especially for them. Go to a movie, an amusement park or simply spend some private time with your spouse. When you can, go out on a combined trip with your parents, wife and children. This can make family bonds even stronger.

5. Don’t take away their sense of independence. If your parents are perfectly willing and able to do something, let them go ahead with it. Assist them of course, but only with things that you know they can’t accomplish.

Family ties are very important to everybody. At times, we are stuck between our parents who had taken care of us since birth and our loved ones of the present who are also our future. The perfect balance between the two generations is struck when we act responsibly and make sure that they reach a middle ground and live together peacefully.

Portrait Of Extended Family Group In Park