Who is Generation Alpha?
Generation Alpha is the first generation to be entirely born in the 21st century. They were born into a culture with smart TV’s, smart phones, tablets, social media, Alexa and Siri. They are also experiencing their toddler and childhood years during a coronavirus pandemic.
Generation Alphas are defined as those born between 2010-2025. This generation has been quarantined and wearing masks since 2020. While this is for their safety, it is still too early to tell how this will impact their future. For now, we know the following: screen time has increased due to schools being online, extracurricular activities have been canceled, and many families have experienced financial hardships.
School and extracurricular activities are usually a learning opportunity for young children to practice interpersonal skills as well as skill-building.
Covid-19 will play a significant role in shaping the children of today. They miss their friends, they miss family members, they miss birthday parties, and playing in the park.
Here are some ways to nurture and protect generation Alpha:
1. Keep routines in place—stick to a regular schedule.
2. Incorporate creative and new activities—like art activities, baking, puzzles, game night, or a scavenger hunt.
3. Incorporate fun movement into the family—try a daily family walk, dancing, yoga, or a bike ride.
4. Stay connected—check in with family members and friends, schedule zoom calls, phone calls, or send letters via the mail system. Don’t underestimate how fun receiving mail can be!
5. Think back to your childhood (pre-smart technology)—what did you do for fun? Bring back those activities into your home!
We might not know what the future holds for Generation Alpha, but we can provide secure and reassuring relationships at home. They might need some extra hugs and cuddles. Check in with them, and talk about feelings. They might be little, but they have big emotions. Reassure them that they are safe and loved.
Looking for more tips and guidance? JFS Orlando’s counselors are specialized in various areas and are here to support you. Telehealth counseling appointments now available! Medicare, Medicaid, and almost all insurances are accepted. Sliding scale available for those who do not have insurance or have an insurance we do not accept. Call 407-644-7671 or complete our new online form to request an appointment today!
Tania S. Gorham, MS, LMFT-QS, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Qualified Supervisor. Tania works with women, children, families, LGBTQIA+ community and those experiencing developmental disorders or who identify as neurodiverse. Tania emphasizes the importance of boundary setting and assertive communication in our modern world. Often, we are busy taking care of others, when we need to be taking care of ourselves too. Tania utilizes solution-focused techniques, CBT and narrative therapy. However, the therapeutic process is tailored to meet the individual’s needs.
Tania has been in the field since 2010. Tania received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy from Rowan’s University. Tania is Gottman Level 1 certified as well as TeleMental Health and Digital Ethics certified. Tania completed a 200 level registered yoga teacher training course in 2014 and has experience in teaching mindfulness techniques. Tania has a degree in English, Women’s Studies and a Master’s degree in Psychology-Marriage and Family Therapy.
Tania has worked in a variety of settings; in-home therapy, outpatient community mental health, IOP, PHP, eating disorder treatment centers, substance abuse treatment centers, Baker Act facilities, residential facilities for sexually exploited children and IDD children as well as DJJ residential and private practice.