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30 Things Kids Born In The 2000s Would Never Understand

30 Things Kids Born In The 2000s Would Never Understand

I have two children that are born in the 2000s and they truly are living in a different era. Technology is readily available everywhere you turn. I am currently wrestling with giving my son a cellular phone. My daughter plays games on a tablet and can use my smart phone better than I can sometimes. When I take the kids to an arcade, they gravitate towards the new games (new to me) like Temple Run and Fruit Ninja instead of skee ball. This post is partly for those born before 2000 to remember what it was like growing up, but also to remind kids born in the 2000s what life was like “before being attached to a portable electronic device” was the norm. I am also about to turn 40 so this will most likely resonate with the 70s born generation.

Here are 30 things kids born in the 2000s would never understand.

1. When you said: Mom and Dad, we are going “outside”

Gone are the days where you just knew to be back home by ‘dark’ and you could roam the neighborhood with your friends on your bikes or make a trip to the local convenience store to get some candy from your allowance money. We roamed the neighborhood, we spend almost every day outside, at the park or at different friends houses. We were trusted with our semi-independence and we came back home when we were told to and grew up safely. In the world today, CPS is called if you allow your children to walk home from the park alone and many days are spent staying close to home with numerous check-ins with parents.

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    2. When you avoided the paddle at all costs

    In elementary school, you really did not want to have to go to the “office” or have an encounter with the paddle back in my days. There are only a few schools left that allow disciplinary action outside of time outs or making a phone call to the parents. For those that grew up when I did, you feared the possibility of making an office trip and getting paddled. But kids to day don’t have to worry about this anymore.

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      3. When you had to dial a rotary phone

      You know the one you had to dial with your finger. Of course when I was growing up there were plenty of other types of house phones available by then, but my parents liked to keep things until they no longer worked so we had one growing up.

      4. When you said: Yo, did you page me?

      Before cell phones,there were pagers. It was the only way you knew you were needed when you were away from your house – imagine that kids, a world without a cell phone. The longer you used it, the better you got at writing hello and other words with numbers. You can do a lot more with cell phones today.

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        5. When you watched Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2 and wished you could break dance

        If you were a girl you wanted to be Kelly, and if you were a boy you wished you could dance like Turbo or Ozone. Yes these movies that came out in the 80s still provide us with awesome break dance moves to this day. I seriously can’t be the only one that got out some cardboard and tried to do a back spin.

        6. When you saw the first cell phone

        Ahh..the brick phone. The only reason I got to use one of these is because my mom’s work gave one to her. I got to use it one time in high school when I was taking a trip and she wanted me to use it ‘in case of an emergency’. SBTB is not on the list..so here is Zack with a brick phone to reminisce over. Just compare these things to what kids use today!

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          7. When you really believed these graphics were the best

          Most kids I knew had ATARI. Apparently Intellivision was cheaper so that’s what we had. Regardless, the best graphics back then were pretty crappy but we played the heck out of it anyway. Today no child would bother with a game so simple.

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            8. When almost every girl had a perm

            Remember when every girl with straight hair wanted it to be curly and every girl with wavy hair wanted it to be even curlier, so we all got spiral perms? Ewwww the smell. I do not miss the days of my mom putting that nasty stuff in my hair. I posted this pic for a #TBT the other day and I feel it’s the perfect representation of spiral perms in the 80s. That’s me on the left.

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              9. When we all had those BANGS

              It was the teenage years and for whatever reason, big hair was in but most importantly BIG BANGS. I have no idea where the fad began or why, but we all did it. Even though the boys had nothing to do with this fad, they sure remember it too. Who else used a curling iron on their bangs just to rat them out with a comb and spray them until they felt like plastic? Aqua Net…I kind of miss you.

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                photo via www.liketotally80s.com

                10. When you couldn’t wait to wear your new pair of JAMS on field day

                JAMS were the coolest, I’m surprised they actually haven’t made a comeback. Every year on field/play day in elementary school you could look across the wide open grass and most boys and girls alike were sporting their JAMS.

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                  11. When you first thought who is this Max Headroom?

                  I suppose the first and only “talking head” was this satirical character portrayed by Matt Frewer which took Britain, MTV and even our commercials by storm when he was the spokesman for New Coke (see #14).

                  13. Before energy drinks, there was Jolt Cola

                  This was the pre-monster drink we couldn’t get enough of. Kids everywhere were having Jolt Cola parties and getting the beginning signs of ADD with this highly caffeinated soda. Do they even make it anymore?

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                    14. When the only cool thing about ‘New’ Coke was Max Headroom being in the commercial

                    This was probably the most ill-conceived idea by Coca-Cola. I mean…why not just drink Pepsi? Ca-ca-ca-ca-catch the wave!!!

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                      15. When you knew exactly where you were when Challenger exploded

                      This was one of those events you will never forget, just like where you were on 9/11 and any other really tragic events in history. I was at school watching it live on TV and it was just heartbreaking.

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                        16. When the best thing to give or receive was a mix tape

                        Besides passing love notes in class you made a mix tape for your boyfriend, girlfriend or best friend or someone you loved. Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect modern day representation of that and has an awesome nostalgic soundtrack to boot.

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                          17. When you first saw Michael Jackson moonwalking

                          Personal opinions aside about MJ as a person, you can’t deny you weren’t mesmerized when he was on TV doing the moonwalk for the first time.

                          18. You remember when MTV just played videos

                          Yes kids, it’s true. There were no shows whatsoever on MTV. They had awesome VJ’s and tons of music videos for your eyeballs. Ahhh…the good old days.

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                            19. When you had scrunchies in every color

                            We all had them, we all used them and we had more colors than we could count and they are apparently making a comeback. I would be fine with leaving these in the 80s.

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                              photo via www.spoonfullofflair.com

                              20. When you knew all the words to Ice Ice Baby

                              Say what you want about Rob Van Winkle but he was able to infiltrate your earholes without the power of social media, soundcloud or any other music sharing site. This song went viral before viral was a thing. I am pretty sure I’m not the only one that memorized all the words to Ice Ice Baby growing up.

                              21. When you got the perfect tight roll on your jeans

                              Ahh acid washed jeans tight rolled of course. This was the epitome of fashion back in the day.

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                                photo via dailyurbanista.com

                                22. When you first saw the video for We Are The World

                                This was another song we remembered growing up and we were in awe that so many artists got together in 1985. We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones who make a brighter day so let’s start giving.

                                23. When you got your first cabbage patch kid

                                Whether you liked it or not, Cabbage Patch Kids was a part of your youth. Mine was named “Felicia” ironically and she had a birth certificate and everything.She went everywhere with me for a while and I even took silly pictures of her like she really was my child.

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                                  24. When you couldn’t decide what color of jelly shoes to wear

                                  I believe they might still make these but pretty much every girl on the planet growing up owned at least one pair, if not a multitude in every color they made them in.

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                                    25. When you couldn’t wait to take your boombox somewhere

                                    Breakdancing and boomboxes could not live without each other. It was a time of emerging hip hop and the ability to take your music with you. These things are still around and somewhat making a comeback, but a constant staple of growing up was having your boombox accompany you to various places during your childhood.

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                                      26. When you first did The Bartman

                                      Kids born in the 2000s might first think – what’s the big deal – The Simpsons are still around. Yes they are but kids everywhere had a Bart Simpson T-shirt and they were doing “The Bartman”.

                                      27. When you had to use a road atlas to get somewhere

                                      Before google maps and GPS and everything we use now to get somewhere, you kept your local road atlas in the car with it’s frayed edges and that’s how you knew where to go.

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                                        28. When you couldn’t wait to watch Fraggle Rock

                                        Jim Henson has always been a genius, but there was something about the intro and those characters you couldn’t get enough of. Aside from cool puppets they also had the best names.

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                                          29. When you wanted to be riding Falkor

                                          AAAAAAAAAAATREYYYYUUUUUUUUUUUU. Yes the graphics on this movie are not the greatest but many nights were spent watching this mystical movie following Atreyu, Bastian, and Falkor. I tried to get my kids to watch this movie but they just aren’t having it.

                                           30. When you tried to see if you could get the largest collection of garbage pail kids

                                          It’s possible the creator of these absolutely loathed Cabbage Patch Kids and that is perfectly understandable. We all circulated these disgusting cards for a bit until the fad ran it’s course.

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                                            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                            Boundaries are limits

                                            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                            • When do you feel disrespected?
                                            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                            • When do you want to be alone?
                                            • How much space do you need?

                                            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                            Sample language:

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                                            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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