Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 27 February |
Saint of the Day: St. Gregory of Narek
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

Turns out Gen Xers are great parents — and here’s the proof

TEENAGER WORKING

Shutterstock

Calah Alexander - published on 07/23/18

Generation Z is right behind the Millennials, and they're proving to be a surprising group.

Right behind Millennials, Generation Z is growing up in surprising ways

For all the (mostly negative) buzz about Millennials these days, there’s not much being said about the generation right behind them, unofficially dubbed “Generation Z.”

You might expect this up-and-coming generation would be starting to get the same kind of flak as the Millennials — after all, these kids grew up with smartphones as teething toys and can text faster than they can talk.

But surprisingly, Generation Z is turning out to have a pretty solid grasp on the important things in life, according to a recent survey from the UK’s British Pregnancy Advisory Service. The survey found a sharp decline in teenage alcohol consumption and teenage sex — especially sex resulting in pregnancy.

Katherine O’Brien, the BPAS head of policy research, said the results of this comprehensive survey paint a picture of Gen Z as reliable, sensible, and mature beyond their years:

She said: “Our research reveals that this is a generation who are focused on their education, aware of economic challenges but determined to succeed regardless and many of whom enjoy time with their families as much as with partners and friends. “They seem to place significant value on responsibility and maturity, particularly when it comes to alcohol consumption and sex. “We believe that young people themselves are making different choices about the way they live their lives.”

I’ll be honest, I’m hardly surprised by this. Technology definitely has its pitfalls and repercussions, and many of them are severe. But there are undeniable goods that come along with significantly increased connectivity — things like raised awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking, and a greater understanding of the consequences of sex, including pregnancy.

Additionally, shows that popularize teen misbehavior (think Jersey Shore) have painted a picture of teenage irresponsibility and immaturity that is far from appealing. Most of the 16-year-olds I know strive to be the absolute opposite of those anti-role-models — AP classes are a point of pride, as is classical music training, physical fitness, good nutrition, and college planning.

Granted, a lot of credit goes to the parents of Gen Zers — remember them? Gen X, the dazed and confused pot-smoking unemployed aimless cynics? Yeah, they’re crushing this parenting thing. They’re raising kids who are smart, ambitious, mature, and driven.

So what’s the moral of the inter-generational warfare story? Basically, that people are a lot more complex than a quick list of characteristics or flaws. Generations can’t be boiled down to a stereotype, and we do a disservice when we play that game.

Let’s show Gen Z that the adults in the room are also mature — mature enough to stop with the finger-pointing generational blame game. After all, we’re all in this together.


MILLENNIALS,SELFIE

Read more:
How to help bring out the best in your millennials

Tags:
Parenting
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
2
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
3
MADONNA
V. M. Traverso
The 9 oldest images of Mary
4
SEARCHNG PURSE
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things every Catholic woman should have in her purse
5
RECONSTRUCTED CHRIST
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
6
Jacques Fesch
Brother Silas Henderson, SDS
Meet the Death Row prisoner who discovered a ...
7
CELEBRITY MARRIAGES
Cerith Gardiner
10 Celebrities whose marriages have stood the test of time
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.