What our kids can teach us

Far­rah Storr be­lieves we can learn a thing or two from mil­len­ni­als

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If you’ve heard the term mil­len­nial and not been sure what it means, just look around you. They’re ev­ery­where! If you’ve had kids in the past three decades, you may live with one or more. You may work with some.

Mil­len­ni­als are the largest gen­er­a­tion in the world (en­com­pass­ing any­one who was born be­tween 1981 and 1996). They grew up with mo­bile phones, Youtube and one of the big­gest fi­nan­cial dis­as­ters of the last cen­tury. As such, mil­len­ni­als have turned out very dif­fer­ent to you and me.

Those dif­fer­ences, how­ever, are im­por­tant to un­der­stand, not just be­cause there’s a lot of great stuff we can take away from them – such as their en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit, fear­less ad­vance­ment into the un­known and win­ning abil­ity to market them­selves like a shiny new Ap­ple prod­uct – but also be­cause they need our help. This is be­cause the other name for mil­len­ni­als is ‘Gen­er­a­tion Snowflake’.

They are more anx­i­ety-rid­den and frag­ile than any other gen­er­a­tion, so we need to sup­port them. We need to build a gen­er­a­tion of snow­drops, not snowflakes – an army of young men and women who raise their heads when the en­vi­ron­ment is tough and cold, in­stead of cow­er­ing and crum­pling. So, here’s what they can do for you and, more cru­cially, what you can do for them…

The mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion are those in their 20s and early 30s

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