4 Ways to Bridge Generations during Las Fiestas

4 Ways to Bridge Generations during Las Fiestas

See how to strengthen connections between los pequeños and los mayores this holiday season.

By: Shayne T. 

Gathering your 92-year-old abuelo and your 15-year-old daughter around the table to share a meal may sound like a wonderful idea initially, but often the generation gap stands in the way of forming family bonds. As life expectancy increases and kids seem to be maturing earlier, you’re bound to end up with a table full of varying and often opposing opinions. These different ideas can get in the way of the peaceful holiday dinner you’ve spent weeks planning, but there are a few things you can do to help bridge that gap.

1. Get Everyone in the Kitchen
Get everyone, from the oldest member of your family to the toddlers, in the kitchen to take part in preparing the most traditional dishes (maybe not all at the same time). It’ll be a great opportunity for the seasoned cooks to show off a bit and will remind your kids how important it is to cherish los mayores. Plus, cooking is fun and food is a universal backdrop for good times and great memories.

2. Bust out the Photo Albums
Ask people to bring along their favorite photo albums, ensuring that each generation is represented, and spend some time flipping through them as a family. The kids may just learn how cool their Tía Adela was back in the ‘50s, and Tía Adela may discover that the kids don’t spend all of their time playing video games and refreshing Facebook. If all else fails, everyone will probably have some funny hairdos and fashions to laugh about.


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3. No Technology at the Table
Let everyone know that you expect them to leave their cell phones, tablets and video games far away from the table come meal time. They can play or Tweet before and after it’s time to eat, but reserve the meal itself for real life conversation. Los abuelos will enjoy their grandchildren’s undivided attention, and kids will have the opportunity to engage with the family.

4. Talking Points
Be prepared to be the conversation starter. Commit to memory a list of talking points to get the conversation flowing among everyone in the family rather than just pockets of people who grew up together. Maybe retell an interesting or funny story from your mamá’s or papá’s childhood – one that you know the kids will appreciate – or bring up a sport that nearly everyone is interested in. And don’t feel bad about directing questions or comments to specific people that you want to get involved in the conversation.

What´s your biggest challenge when it comes to bringing los pequeños and los mayores together?

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