There are NO solutions to the "generation gap".
The best thing to do is to try to BRIDGE the "generation gap".
In many ways as a teenager myself, its hard to identify with my parents.
I see the world with a different perspective on EVERYTHING, from what is acceptable to wear, to how long I should be allowed to watch TV,or how much time I should surf the net, or if I am allowed to have a Myspace.
Here's some ideas that my family came up with that makes life easier, and helps to bridge the notorious "generation gap"!
1. Instead of unplugging the TV or computer or grounding us from our cell phones, try being smarter than us... as teenagers we are VERY good with technology, so go in the garage and flip the switch that turns the electricity off to the whole house. That way your child won't be mad at YOU for unplugging the TV or computer. It may be a sacrifice to you, for missing an important phone call or email. But if spending time with your child means enough to do that then try it! 2. Instead of saying that there is NO WAY you are taking your child to that "R" rated movie, simply try to compromise, and tell them that YOU will pay for a night out with their friends to see a more appropriate film. 3. NEVER insist on going WITH your teenager to a movie or other social gathering with them and their friends. It's not that we're embarrassed about "being seen with you" as much as we may want you to believe that. The reason is that we feel that you don't trust us. Please don't make that mistake. We may retaliate in anger, but its just that as "tough" as we try to be, we are just trying to mask the pain.
Simply tell your child that you trust them enough to make the right decisions. It will blow them away.
Generation Gap *
The generational gap is a term popularized in Western countries during the 1960s referring to differences between people of younger generations and their elders, especially between