Another point Carol Lytch draws from Smith and Lundquist ( (â€œWhat Teens Believe,â€ Christian Century, Sept. 6, 2005) is one I made early this summer. In Lytchâ€™s words, â€œteenagersâ€¦ are not a people apart, an alien race about whom adults can only shake their heads and look forward to their growing up.â€
The parents of the Baby Boomers created the myth of the generation gap, perhaps because it was easier than admitting they, too, had once faced the kinds of decisions and perplexities facing their children.
Can we all just agree we are over that now? Newsflash: todayâ€™s parents of teens were once teens ourselves. We were tempted by drugs, sex, and rock nâ€™ roll too. Just like todayâ€™s teens, we struggled to try to fit in with our peers and at the same time find some kind of credibility with the adult world. We, too, had a naÃ¯ve and idealistic view of the world that we couldnâ€™t get the older folks to understand.
Young people today deserve to know, and know that we know, that they are not some alien race totally disconnected from all adults in society. They are a younger version of us. Letâ€™s deal with it.