Today’s intergenerational and family relationships

September 14, 2015 by Martine Rodrigue

Rapports intergenerationnels

In traditional society, the role of the family was to ensure resource sharing, value transmission, and knowledge transfer. In current society, intergenerational links are expressed in a different manner, but they are just as important.

Contemporary technological and scientific progress, as well as an increased emphasis on autonomy and freedom have led to a shift.

The resulting changes have raised fears that family support will disappear, but nothing of the sort has come to pass. Instead we see more sharing of experiences, affection, and attention.

Modern grandparents are rallying to help the parents of 2015, who are often out of breath. Because these grandparents are active and in the prime of their lives, their relationships are different, and they really enjoy them. Their grandkids—whether they are toddlers, teen‑
agers, or young adults—are still a great source of pride and joy, and give a sense of continuity to their existence. As for great-grandparents, their number is increasing and they also cherish this intergenerational relationship.

Nurturing the relationship with your grandchildren is a great privilege that perpetuates the sense of being a family, even as it shifts!


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