Your Grandparents are Cooler than you Think.

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I have been asked to hold workshops at two different Middle School/Junior High Schools in the next few weeks in an attempt to show that the gap between us Baby Boomers and the pre-teen/young teen population isn’t as big as one might think.

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The age group of this audience is not one with which I have ever worked but I absolutely love stretching my skill set so I’m very excited to take on this task.  I hope to deliver a workshop that engages the younger age group and leaves them with the tools needed to be more comfortable connecting with people in older age groups.

Description of the workshop, submitted to the schools: There is so much to be shared between generations, but we often miss out because we feel as though we speak different languages – and sometimes we do.  For example, when you say that something’s “filthy,” your grandparents might have said it was “boss.”  Believe it or not, your grandparents, and your great grandparents, were your age once so you do have that in common, and while it’s true that there is a lot to learn from older generations, they can learn a lot from you, too.

That’s where you come in.  We all know that there are obvious differences between the two generations, given the advancement of technology and the like, but I think a closer look at those differences brings about the realization that many similarities exist but they are just dressed differently.

I covet your input so please feel free to leave some suggestions and/or comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Your Grandparents are Cooler than you Think.

    Kathy said:
    December 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    My mom was the best grandmother. She always would find things to do that the kids liked and she got pleasure because her grandkids were happy. She sat on the floor for hours playing with cars or putting together a puzzle. I would often pull into their driveway on Saturday morning and find my mom and son in the front yard playing baseball. My daughter collects rocks, leaves, pine cones, etc. It’s something she did with my mom when they took walks, although she doesn’t remember since she was only two. But she must have loved it. I don’t think I gave you any helpful suggestions. But you’re right, there may be an age difference, but the gap isn’t that big. I think it’s all about attitude and finding happiness in common joys.

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      boomer98053 said:
      December 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much for your input Kathy. It was certainly helpful and besides – it’s always wonderful “communicating” with you!

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