Thursday, September 4, 2008

We were Never pampered like the Kids today!

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and some of the 70's!!

This is for you...


Kids We were never pampered or "protected" when we were kids, like the children today are.

I remember so many things growing up that when I look at kids today, or hear parents or Doctors saying you can't do this or that, it drives me mad! We survived as kids, and although things weren't perfect, we turned out okay.

These kids today will never know what "true childhood" is, because they are being constantly "protected" from all the bad things that could possible happen. But how will they learn coping skills, or to bounce back from something? The answer is...they won't. The youth today expects everything to be given to them and throws a tantrum when things don't go their way!

I feel bad for all that they are missing.

Remember these?



* First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.


* Our Mothers took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.


* We were put to sleep on our tummies as babies, in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

* We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, no locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or protective pads, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

* As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Sometimes even on our Dad's lap! (OMG!)




* Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

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* We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. And we never got sick and died! In fact, that was the only drink you were getting, cause your Mom was tired of having to make Kool-aid for all the neighborhood kids.



* We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and NO ONE actually died from this or thought it was gross.



* We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because,

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!


* We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on or it got dark.


* No one was able to reach us by cell phone or beeper all day. And we were O.K. if your Mom needed you, she just shouted out the door.


* We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only
to find out we forgot the brakes After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
Go Cart







* We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms.......

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them to play!



* We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
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* We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We had fun even though it wasn't the healthiest thing we could be doing...


* We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out very many eyes. BB_Gun









* We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!


* Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Certainly not like that now!



* The idea of our parents bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually agreed with the police, and your as* stayed in jail!


If you can remember these things growing up, then you will know that these generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
If YOU are one of us, CONGRATULATIONS!



You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good .

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.


Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!Running_with_scissors
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Does anyone have any other musings from childhood?

You know, the kind of things we did that for one reason or another aren't done anymore?

Leave me a comment and let me know....

8 comments:

Christa September 6, 2008 at 3:39 PM  

I ate Pop Rocks and didn't die.

Keep the giggles coming!

www.GiggleOn.com

KAT September 6, 2008 at 8:31 PM  

Oh, I forgot pop rocks! They did say you would die from eating them...something about the chemicals mixing when your spit hit them, right? LOL

Signe September 11, 2008 at 12:07 PM  

So true! Thanks for the flashback :)

Debbie September 11, 2008 at 1:44 PM  

Loved this article. . . and so true. I loved those little soda bottles filled with sugar syrup? Sooo good! I don't know if they make them anymore.
Thanks for the nice memories.

mantiz September 12, 2008 at 6:48 AM  

that was hilarious, pity I never got to do so many cool things in my childhood, I was busy looking after my uncle's e-commerce website :/

KAT September 13, 2008 at 8:29 AM  

@signe
Your welcome, kinda nostalgic and all huh?

@debbie
I loved those bottles! Remember we would even chew on the wax after the 3 drops of juice were gone? LOL

@mantiz
You poor thing! No childhood...just strapped to the computer from an early age? At least you learned early, but you missed out on bunches! :(

rani September 14, 2008 at 4:45 AM  

I grew up in another continent and agree with this whole-heatedly!

KAT September 14, 2008 at 8:05 AM  

Was it different growing up on a different continent, or kinda the same?
I know we didn't have all the cares the kids today have, like, we left our doors open, etc.
Now it's not so safe.

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