Guest Contributor Jill Huynh, Licensed Social Worker and Parent Coach for over 20 years
We know that tweens and teens are not always the most communicative. 😉 When you add in a generation gap with their grandparents or another beloved senior, it can be even more challenging. So, we reached out to Jill Huynh, a licensed social worker and parent coach with 20 years of experience, to help us create effective conversation starters to make your visit interesting and engaging.
The benefits of these conversations are clear. The senior loves the interaction, and the teen learns something about their elder. As part of Our Commitment, these conversation starters help begin or continue engaging discourse across generations.
Relive Childhood Memories
Discussing childhood memories brings up fond feelings for the senior and can help the teen find meaningful ways to relate with them.
Another easy way for tweens and teens to connect with their elders is by discussing school. Despite the gulf in ages, they may be surprised to find how similar their experiences in school actually were.
Talking about major milestones in life can help younger generations connect with seniors. Everyone had a first date, first car, first breakup, braces, broken arm; these common major milestones in life can help generations connect over fond, and sometimes not so fond, memories.
Just For Fun
Everyone likes to have fun! Whether its board game night with family, riding bikes with friends or chatting online, the fun stuff is what makes life meaningful. While the traditions of recreation may be different between generations, everyone likes to have fun. Make some new memories talking about cherished old ones.