The Origins: What is Gen Alpha?

Through out human history, a person’s social identities have mattered; in some cultures more than others. What tribe(s) do you belong to? What are your assigned/expected roles in the tribe(s)? Where are you on the hierarchy of social influence? These were all questions that was 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. This is far from the case with Generation Alpha.

My two Generation Alphas are growing up like most young children today. They are surrounded by real-time visual and audio information. From birth, my Gen Alphas’ 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 Gen Alpha are growing up surrounded by constant change, ambiguity, and contradiction that did not exist for the childhoods of us, their parents.  

This website is about being the parents of Gen Alphas. How we can better raise curious, creative, compassionate, collaborative, and committed children. All the research points to foster human connections in ways that no preceding generation of children has been able to connect. How we can provide predictability, structure, and routine by recognizing and talking to children about the constant change and ambiguity, while trying to clarify contradictions. How we can be the parents Gen Alpha needs us to be.

Drawing from my experiences as a father of two young Gen Alphas, twelve years of teaching 3 to 5 year-old Gen Zs, researcher on high-quality inclusion in early childhood, and parent and teacher educator, this website offers insight into my growth and learning while wearing all my hats and the lessons I have learned along the way that can help you work with you Gen Alpha. Welcome and thank you for visiting!