We have all had to endure the comprehensive set of rules barked at us by our parents in the car on the way to a family function.The mantra of what we can and cannot say in front of our grandparents. “Cover your tattoos.” “Don’t swear.” “Use your manners.” Majority of which are simply appropriate etiquette! But bridging the gap between generations can be tough when it comes to conversation, but as long as effort is shown, the results will prove worthwhile.

Start a conversation

Grandparents love to share the family’s history with younger generations, so if you are ever stuck on what to ask them, simply try the following;

Do you have a holiday tradition?

Were you named after a family member or does your name have a special meaning?

Do you have a nickname that your siblings or friends call you?

Where were you born?

How did your family spend time together when you were young?

Connecting with an elderly loved one, as silly as it may sound, may not be the most intuitive aspect of communication between generations. Aside from figuring out what to speak about, actually getting them to hear and understand what you are saying can also be a challenge.

Take an interest in their life, ask about how your grandmother and grandfather met all of those years ago, after all this is how you ultimately came to be. You may wish to speak of their childhood and discover the vast difference in experiences from generation to generation. After all the reason you have had the luxury of a privileged childhood experience is because of the matriarch and patriarch of the family.

Believe it or not, we get a lot of our traits from our grandparents, our temper at times and of course our redeeming qualities too, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a special bond with the people who not only raised your parents, but gave you the traits, skills and special talents that come with passing down generations.

Bridge the divide by picking up the phone and calling them today.

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