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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 Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                            1. Work on the small tasks.

                                            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                            2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                            3. Upgrade yourself

                                            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                            4. Talk to a friend.

                                            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                            7. Read a book (or blog).

                                            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                            8. Have a quick nap.

                                            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                            9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                            10. Find some competition.

                                            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                            11. Go exercise.

                                            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                            12. Take a good break.

                                            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

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