While kids still go through the same developmental phases as they always have, our rapidly evolving technology and pop culture have changed the norms around childhood.
Activities and experiences that were normal even 10 years ago might seem antiquated today, and it can be fascinating to note the shifting tides.
Using a set of 20-year-old encyclopedias as a reference for my homework. JFK is president!
Memorizing phone numbers.
Parents smoking in a car with kids with the windows rolled up.
Quicksand in movies and TV shows.
Pay phones and answering machines.
McDonald’s play places.
Cassette tape innards strung out along the highway, glimmering in the sunlight.
Fireflies. I swear I saw them every year, in our backyard or when we went camping etc.
Now I never see them no matter where I am. Except for a few nights in the summer of '21 after I moved to a new house. It was so nice to see them again.
Everybody smoked everywhere. At restaurants, the office, airports, everywhere. There's a picture of my grandma holding me as a baby in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Nobody thought that was the least bit strange.
Printing out directions from Map Quest 😂
Toys in the cereal box.
Thousands of Monarch Butterflies and Bees during the summer. Now my wife and I get excited when we see ONE monarch bf in the backyard where we planted a bee and bf friendly garden.
Computer paper filled with lightly printed numbers and it had tear off sides. My dad used to bring lots of it home for us kids to draw on.
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