What is Generation (Gen) Alpha?

Throughout human history, a person’s social identities have been treated with value; in some cultures more than others. Social identities were often based on a few defining traits that allowed other persons to determine what group a person belonged in or did not belong. Social identities and the associated groups continue to have value today. Race, gender, economic status, ethnicity, sex, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, are examples of some groups. “What group(s) do you belong to? What are your assigned/expected roles in the group(s)? Where are you on the hierarchy of social influence? These were all questions woven into the fabric or most cultures studied over the years by anthropologists. Most of these identities were not a topic of conversation, not because they were not valued, but because in most cases they weren’t considered a topic of conversation. They were unnoticed. Generation Alpha, and how to respond to this identity is only beginning to be noticed. This website illuminates the topic and the issues impacting children in Generation Alpha.

Why should we talk about generations?

My two daughters are growing up like most young children today. They are surrounded by distractions, instant gratification, and social nuance. From birth, their lives have been publicly cataloged on social media, and videos of every minor milestone have been uploaded to websites that will forever own those videos. The idea of not having access to almost any desirable movie or television show is beyond their imagination. Children of Generation Alpha are growing up surrounded by constant change, ambiguity, and contradiction that did not exist during previous generations.  

The ideas and information shared in the blogs and resources on this website are grounded in my experiences parenting Alphas. I speak about my knowledge and ignorance of parenting my children. All the research points to foster human connections in ways that no preceding generation of children has been able to connect. Unfortunately, research is not reality. Through trial and error I explore how we can transfer research into my real-life experiences as a father. The question guiding me is how can I be the parent my daughters need me to be.

Drawing from my experiences as a father, twelve years of teaching 3 to 5 year-old children, and researcher on high-quality inclusion in early childhood, this website offers insight into my growth and learning while wearing all my hats in a world that values or does not value my social identities and those of my children. I share the lessons I have learned along the way, and reveal the lessons I still need to learn as a strive to parent my Generation Alphas. Welcome and thank you for visiting!