If people thought Gen Z was the hardest generation to understand and deal with, they have no idea what Generation Alpha has in store for them.
Parents around the world were still gasping for breath while trying to deal with their Gen Z kids. But now it looks like there is another upcoming generation that is going to provide more challenges for parents with their intelligence and attitude: Generation Alpha. Lately, several parents are sharing their experiences on social media, narrating how their kids, especially daughters belonging to this generation, barely have a filter on them.
Since the oldest members of this generation are about to turn 13 and the youngest members are yet to be born, many parents have concerns about how they will raise the kids with ease. One mom, who also happens to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a mental health advocate, shared a video on TikTok which sparked a conversation amongst the moms of Gen Alpha in the comment section. In her video, @thatpsychnp talked about how fierce the girls of this generation are getting lately.
The video creator said that she has noticed a trend in children who are born between the early 2010s and mid-2020s. Then she stated that the Gen Alpha boys have displayed an "explosion of empathy, understanding and emotional intelligence" but the girls are "a force to be reckoned with." The mom also attached a video and a news clip in the backdrop of her video which shows a young girl using a sniping Nerf gun.
"It didn't matter if she had her floaties on. She was straight-up engaging in tactical sniping," she said about the video. "And I bet you $10 that the nerf was pointed at somebody." Then she added a screenshot of the new article whose headline states that a two-year-old girl bit a snake and killed the reptile when it attacked her. According to the TikTok user, the Gen Alpha girls have "fire running through their veins and they will chew you up, spit you out, and then have another go at you."
She adds how these girls are "coming into their power" and they are equipped with "murder mittens and have no filter," so people better be careful while approaching girls from this generation. Many parents who have Gen Alpha kids agreed with this TikTok creator's statement. @tonihench wrote, "Accurate. Millennial moms are raising fire breathers." @voluminouswoman commented, "I had an emergency C-Section and had to be in the ICU without my child. The very first thing I was told: Your child was born something fierce."
@what_the_what_2023 added, "My husband asked our just-turned-6 daughter to get him the remote last night. She looked him dead in the eyes and said- 'You got legs, you get it.'" The woman also posted a video on her Instagram, referring to a Gen Alpha boy who trolled the anti-abortion protestors across his school. People in the comment section noted how he bullied back the bullies and did not do it just for the sake of seeking attention.
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For those of you who are still having difficulties grasping the idea behind calling this particular generation 'alpha,' there is a range of explainers out there about this term. According to Britannica, generation alpha is a term that is used to describe the generation of people born (or who will be born) between 2010 and 2025. The term was coined by Australian social researcher Mark McCrindle in a 2008 report on the subject. There are times when Gen Alpha is linked to the millennial generation as most of the Gen Alpha members have millennial parents, and they are often called 'mini millennials' as well.