Our kids are Kurt Vonnegut’s Generation A, and Douglas Coupland’s Generation X. Not demographically—that’s not at all what Coupland and Vonnegut meant—but in the way they see the world—they don’t fit in because they won’t fit in.
If Boomers like me gave up our ideals in The Big Chill, well our kids may be sorry for us but, frankly, that has nothing to do with them. They don’t hate us for it, they don’t hold us in contempt. But they don’t admire us either, or feel obliged to listen when we go on about things (as we tend to do). Still, they’re watching. For what, we’re not sure. They play by a different set of rules and they won’t necessarily tell us what they are.
from Raising Adults by Jim Hancock