July 08, 2014
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Things I couldn't do growing up

The other day I was reading one of Amanda's posts and she was talking about things that scare her about the younger generation. I commented on that post saying that kids have such a sense of entitlement these days. That post by Amanda inspired this post. 

It's crazy to me the things that kids nowadays are allowed to get away with. While I was always spoilt, I grew up in a semi-strict household, where school work was priority numero uno and there were some things I was just not allowed to do. That's not to say I didn't have a blast as a kid, because I most certainly did, but there were some things that were simply not subject to compromise.

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1. Watch The Simpsons - I can count the number of episodes of The Simpsons that I have ever watched on one hand. And I watched them all in my teens/adulthood. This show was just not allowed in my house. Apparently Bart was rude ... my mama didn't like rude. 


2. Watch TV after the evening news  - This just never happened. It was home form school, watch a little TV, dinner with the fam, homework. That's it. No TV after that point. Zero. (When school was off we had free reign).

3. Have a Ken doll - I said this before. But my Barbies basically had inappropriate relationships with my teddy bears. Lots of teddy smooches. 


4. Stay out late - In my early high school years I had a wayyyy earlier curfew than most people. And even then, my daddy dropped and picked me up from everywhere. Bless him.

5. Talk to boys on the phone after a certain hour - I went to an all girls school but I would meet boys at the library and inter-school leagues. Over time I had a best friend named Dale who went to my 'brother' school. Dale just so happened to be able to put on the best female voice ever!!! So we successfully were able to chat on the phone after hours. Sorry mum. Even when he moved to the US for college we would Skype almost daily ... until his gf started to not appreciate it. We even made a pact that if we were single at 30 we would marry each other. We even had a song! Hey Dale I know you decided to have a late 20's crisis and decided to go to medical school on a whim but 30 is fast approaching so hurry that ish up ...

Our song ... It's still one of my favourite songs!!


6. Listen to crazy music - This included rap music, dancehall/reggae music or basically any type of music with sexual connotations or cuss words. So pretty much my radio was on the lowest of volumes at all times and I learned to change the radio station in a flash. I also had a walkman and then a discman that I was physically attached to (I wonder if kids even know what these are).


7. Party - I didn't know how to describe this one. Party may be too broad. I would attend parties at my school and even my 'brother' schools as well as birthday parties of close friends, but no way Jose was I going to any random party of any random person that my parents didn't know especially with no adult supervision. And under-age clubbing? Forget about it ... well until you have a sleepover by your best girlfriend and then all bets are off. Sorry again mum ...

Now again, I was admittedly quite spoilt and had a lot of fun growing up but I was encouraged to be a kid and you know what? I wish I didn't fight it as much because I wouldn't change it for the world. I think I turned out just fine.


Have a great Tuesday guys! :)


               

26 comments:

  1. My Dad was pretty strict about certain things but I had best friends that I hung out with 24/7 and we kept each other entertained. We played with all the neighborhood kids whether it was kickball, tag, dodgeball you name it. I did have a Ken doll though. Haha! I listened to Shaggy though so I guess music was free reign! ;)

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  2. Oh my word the e-card had me hysterically laughing because of my clearly dirty mind! My parents were flexible with things like staying out and TV but never sleep overs ... I always missed those :(

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  3. minus the tv, i had the same exact experiences. my curfew in 9th grade was 730. church isn't even out then!

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  4. I was one of those kids that didn't have a lot of rules. Looking back on it now, I wish I would have!

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  5. you basically just described my childhood. i never watched the simpsons (still dont like it), heck i never spoke to a boy on the phone, period. my curfew was early as shit and i never did anything. i was spoiled and happy though, and i much prefer my childhood / teenage years to some of my friends who were out getting drunk at 14. not my style.

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  6. I had the same rules. We didn't have cable tv and barely had basic tv in our house. I am already thinking of ways that I will protect my son and figure out all of the social media passwords... That stuff makes me nervous.

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    1. Oh gosh I had ICQ and AOL and later hi5 but things werent nearly as crazy back then!

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  7. I lived in my own little bubble of fairy tales and Disney thoughts until I got to college basically...and I loved that I stayed a kid longer than most!

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  8. Yes to all of these....my parents were the same way! Also I wasn't allowed to date until I was 18. Not kidding. Although I did go on a tractor ride with a guy at 16 but it was in a field near my house....I'm not sure that counts as a date.

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  9. This was also my childhood! I had strict rules (which I now appreciate) - never went to parties, didnt drink until college. I had everything I wanted and my friends and I were happy!

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  10. My mom was always strict about what I could watch/read, too. I could watch The Simpsons, but she wouldn't let me read Goosebumps!! I had to sneak them at my dad's house.

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  11. I had an early curfew too, it was a little sucky having to be the first one to get home at night!

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  12. Aside from watching The Simpsons (it's how I found out my dad is adopted lol) most of these applied to me, too. You gotta keep those kids reigned in now more than ever with all of the temptations and crazy shiz they seem to be up to. I'm sure we all resented the rules at the time, but I totally agree that without rules we would never have been able to function as adults. Good post topic!

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  13. I think we were raised by the same parents. I also couldn't watch The Simpson's growing up because my mom thought he was too disrespectful. Thankfully we went to my Auntie's house a lot and my uncle had no such rule (just had to run out when Mom came to pick us up!). I also thought it was super unfair to have a 10pm curfew in high school when most of my friends could stay out until midnight (some even later).

    But I have noticed, I am raising my boys similar to my childhood. School is #1 and I limit the amount of time my kids can watch TV or play with electronics (iPad, video games, etc.). "Go read a book or play outside" is demanded at least once a day - especially during the summer. I also reinforce the proper way to speak to adults, aka I ain't yo friend, so don't address me as such.

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  14. Haha my mom hated (actually still does) The Simpsons. My dad liked it though so if she was gone or not in the room we would watch it. I wasn't allowed to do a lot of those other things either.

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  15. My mom didn't let me watch the Little Mermaid because Arielle talked back to her mom, and mine didn't want me "to get ideas."

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  16. I had pretty free reign on what I read and watched and where I went, but I usually kept my own shizz in check because my parents trusted me and I didn't want to bugger that up. HOWEVER I did host a few totally awesome parties when they were not home.

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  17. these sound just like the rules in my house growing up!!! I remember I would go to bed after Wheel of fortune ended, which was 8pm. Of course that changed as I got older but only playing outside till it got dark out, homework being done RIGHT after school and before dinner.. . !!

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  18. My parents were strict with me too! They were super controlling of what I watched and listened to. I was pretty much only allowed to watch Disney movies and family shows (like Full House and Family Matters). No Nickelodeon and certainly no MTV. I was only allowed to listen to Christian music or pop music that didn't have swear words or sexual connotations (like Hanson). I also had an early curfew (I think around 9 when I was 16) and my parents definitely needed to know party details as well. The only thing I'm confused about is the Ken doll -- his anatomy is certainly not accurate to an actual man's "parts" haha so I'm not sure what the problem was with that. At least you had the teddies! :)

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  19. Oh my gosh, I wasn't allowed to watch The Simpons either! hahahahahahahaa!!!

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  20. I WASN'T ALLOWED TO WATCH THE SIMPSONS EITHER!! also had a 10pm curfew, that lasted through the summer after freshman year in college. I quit coming home for long amounts of time after that haha. But I'm glad my parents were strict!!!

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  21. I wasn't allowed to watch Simpsons either lol!

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  22. I wasn't allowed to watch the Simpsons either! Not that I cared much because I hate the show, but just the fact that I wasn't allowed was enough to drive me crazy. And I always had a super early curfew too, I was so embarrassed by it!

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  23. I wasn't allowed to watch the Simpson's either! I still don't care about it, lol. Our TV was heavy monitored, we pretty much only watched TV from 8-9 on Friday nights and American Funniest Home Videos on Sunday nights.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  24. Oh my goodness - so many of these apply to me, especially stay out late and party!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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