Remember when we were younger and our grandparents used to talk about how they had to climb up hill BOTH ways in the snow to go to school. And how we had it soooo easy? I think every generation feels that the generations that follow them have it easier than they did. The thing is, I wouldn't trade my generation in for the newer ones.
One day I will remind my nieces and nephews that I was around before the internet. That sounds like crazy talk, doesn't it? When I was younger, cell phones didn't exist, we watched VHS tapes and we played outside. In fact, my mom used to lock my sister and I outside for awhile to play. These days you wouldn't dare leave your child outside alone, or at least from out of your view.
Some how we managed to live without air bags in our cars. We managed to stay in touch with our friends without the text message and Facebook. We rode our bikes without helmets. And you would be lying if you said you have never eaten a mud pie.
It used to be that you could leave your doors to your home unlocked, as well as your car. Now? I have my doors locked when I am in my home with my husband. You just never know anymore. My car is locked in my driveway and anywhere else I go. No one can be trusted.
I remember going to the mall with my mom in middle school and being allowed to walk around with my friends alone. I would be so scared to do that these days. You never know what sicko is lurking around.
There is a lot more to monitor these days too than just worrying about your kids watching rated R movies. They all have cell phones and computers with internet now too! You don't want your kid to be so exposed and vulnerable to the entire world wide web! You never know what 45 year old child molester is hiding behind some cute little screen name or avatar saying that he is someone else.
I also feel as if we have lost site of what is really important. Is it necessary to punish a five year old for saying pow pow and playing cowboy?
What about all the ridiculous wussification that is called sports these days? I see nothing but a bunch of pansy babies. Back in my day we played to win. If you didn't do your best and the other team was better, then you lost. You had to suck it up and try harder next time. There was none of this "participation every one is a winner" trophy bullshit. How are these kids going to turn out as adults? They are going to have no imagination and no drive to be extraordinary.
Yup, give me the good old days.