Millennials are defined as being born after 1985. They are the next generation of parents, and therefore guardians of what we hold dear – our culture, our lifestyles, and our sense of right and wrong. They are also, however, the most talked about group of human beings since the history of the world.
Who are Millennials?
Millennials are the first generation to grow up soaked in social media, and technology. They come across as egocentric, lazy, apathetic, and well, the list goes on.
These are the young employees who struggle to keep a 9 to 5 job, and show up for five days straight. They don’t understand they are not perfect, special or gifted. In fact, Millennials may be the reason why so many grandparents move away from home! Who would want to be living near such self-absorbed creatures?
As well, older workers are often flabbergasted at the poor work ethic of Millennials. They often find themselves having to pick up after them, cover for them, and become increasingly frustrated by their poor work habits.
Whose fault is it?
While much has been said about the faults of Millennials and who’s to blame, isn’t it about time we started discussing how to ensure the next generation don’t follow the same path?
As grandparents we have a responsibility or duty to help bring up our grandchildren. We may not feel wanted at times or we may be accused of interfering, but we still feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility all the same.
Why should we care?
We all should care when a section of the population is not happy or is suffering. We would care if an ethnic group were being oppressed or if a rare animal was endangered.
Many people find it difficult to relate or show compassion to a group of people who are regularly deemed as being privileged and spoilt.
However, depression and suicide are higher in Millennials than any other group, and for that reason alone we should care.
Is it their fault?
In a very enlightening video, Simon Sinek discusses the problems of Millennials states that they are not to blame for how they turned out. He blames a series of things like poor parenting, money driven companies, the addiction to social media, and more.
The video is bedded below so you can watch it and make up your own mind.
I, for one, think we are all responsible for our own behavior. We were raised to know that when we make a mistake it is our own fault. Having said that, Sinek does raise some interesting issues especially in regards to the addictive nature of social media.
What can we grandparents do?
Courage and resilience are virtues which need to be practiced. We need to help our grandchildren understand that they can have everything they want. We need to give them tasks they can do, and let them fail, rethink the task, and try again. We need to encourage our grandchildren to keep trying and be patient. They need to learn that good things take time, sometimes a long time, but they are worth working towards.