Ageism cuts both ways: Don’t Discount the Kids

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie gifts us with an interesting discussion about Ageism and the reality of Generation Gaps. Please, read on…

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

Gen-Xers to Millenials
Sharper than WE were?

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the What Kind of World do YOU Want? Series

Eavesdropping on an interesting discussion

Found HERE

Shortly after calling for an end to Stigma in my 2017 September Awareness Days article, I had the occasion to revisit the topic through another lens.

Coming across a couple of “kids” in the nearby park where my puppy TinkerToy and I sometimes wander, I was reminded yet again of the need to guard against our knee-jerk assessments.

By looks alone, it would have been all too easy to dismiss the pair as yet another Blonde Barbie and an over-eager lad who wanted nothing so much as to get her alone and in private.

Since we seemed to be wandering the same paths, Tink and I just a bit behind them, I had an opportunity to eavesdrop on…

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

8 thoughts on “Ageism cuts both ways: Don’t Discount the Kids”

  1. Stereotyping is an aspect of our subjective human nature which seeks cognitive shortcuts to formulate opinions. We rely so much on our emotions, perceptions, and intuition because objectivity is a time-consuming process. Humans evolved to be fast-thinkers. It gave us a competitive advantage. Thoughtful deliberation was a luxury. But today, in this complex society we live in, objectivity may – for the first time in our history – be the key to our survival as a species.

    I make every effort to treat people as individuals without regard to their age, sex, ethnicity, etc. That said, however, there are generational differences which are relevant from a sociological perspective.

    The psychological dynamics between parents and children is a good place to start. There are too many factors involved for a comprehensive examination here, but rebellion is always present to one degree or another. It can be healthy and constructive, or unhealthy and destructive. Regardless, it stems from the need of children to be unique, to establish their own identity, and sometimes to reject or escape the failings of their parents. This is undoubtedly the driving force of cultural evolution, and it often triggers feelings of resentment among the older generation (e.g. the classic relationship between the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers).

    Another dynamic is also crucial. Older people are much more experienced and generally more pragmatic than idealistic and sometimes naive younger folks who struggle at times with the difficulties and perplexities of life. This dichotomy of outlook can cause friction because it inhibits effective communication.

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