What’s Up With Kids today?

In Childhood on September 5, 2012 at 8:49 AM

When I was a child, we didn’t have much, but we had fun. Kids nowadays want everything. Tough shit, loser.
Let’s start with the differences between my childhood in the great decade of the 1990’s. Tv included such great cartoons as Rugrats, The Angry Beavers, Doug, Dragonball, G.I. JOE, Thundercats, among others. Non-animated shows included The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Wings. How many kids know Will Smith from TFPOBA? Ask any 90’s kid to sing the theme song from The Fresh Prince, and they can, even if it means that the song will stay in their head for the remainder of the day.
Metallica released “The Black Album” in 1991 and it was, and possibly still is the biggest selling album of the decade. Sure we had suchs acts as Nirvana and the whole grunge act, but we also had good wrestling. The so called “Attitude Era” of the WWF was epic. Every kid in my elementary school knew about Steve Austin and the Rock. Now they have hours of boring interviews, and maybe three matches spread out over three hours. When I was a child, there was not a kid alive who didn’t want to be a wrestler. My brother and I did.
Now kids have such “rappers” as Lil’ John and Lil’ Wayne. When I was a kid, we had Pac and Biggie, the two greatest rappers EVER. The whole West Coast V. East Coast rivalry was, admitedly over my head, as I was but a lad, but the older kids liked it.
We had freedom when I was a kid. Kids played all day after school. Our parents didn’t have to worry about pedophiles behind every tree, just waiting for us. We rode our bikes without a helmet, and if we fell, we got up and shook it off. Nowadays, kids can’t play in the yard without parental supervision. If we did wrong, we got a spanking. Nowadays people call that child abuse. I call it teaching a kid right from wrong.
We could play all day, just be home when the street lights came on. Kids now have more worries concerning their sexual acts than they do about their own good. Our parents knew the parents in the neighbourhood, so we knew we where safe. No one went around hiding poisons in Halloween candy. We went Trick-Treating in our neighbourhood, and a few neighbouring blocks. We got home, mom checked the candy. Now kids have to worry about what happens if mom finds them behind the house with a new neighbour. Every parent is paranoid! As long as mom knew where we where, all was safe.
Dad went to work, came home and we knew he was there if we needed him. Too many kids now days don’t have a fater, and that is a shame. My father was kind, but he could dole out the punishment if we could get into trouble.
Our friends where always good people, and if we had to “prove” ourselves to them, they weren’t friends. Kids want to to be a status simbol, so they join gangs. When we where kids, we feared, but respected the police, not insulted them be “they out to git us”. Not once where the police called to any neighbourhood we lived in, soley because we didn’t need them. If we saw a cop on the street, we said “hello, officer” and we didn’t run like cockroaches when you flipped on the light.
When we had a difference with the neighbour, we walked over and TALKED to them. Now you have a minor dissagreement and you grab the nearest weapon. I can’t tell you how many times dad or momwent to the neighbours to see if we could settle our disagreements. Once they where settled, we resumed playing our playing like nothiing like nothing had transpired between us. It was, in all regards, an age of innocents.
We had fun as a kid. Someday, if I have kids, I hope he will have the same fun I had growing up.

  1. Soo very true!! U cant let ur kids go to their friends house with out being there w. Them.. Its a shame.. Very well put!! Ily lil bro

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