23 Things That Defined Your Childhood If You Were A Late '90s/Early '00s Baby

23 Things That Defined Your Childhood If You Were A Late '90s/Early '00s Baby

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If you were born in the late 90s or early 00s then you grew up in the age of youtube, computer games, and Disney Channel. As we become adults, we are coming to the time what we love to reminisce on everything we played, watched, and listened to while we were growing up. We went through many stages of computer games: from Freddi Fish to PhotoBooth. You will know these 23 things as a huge part of your childhood.

1. FRED Youtube Videos

The annoyingly funny, fast-talking, youtube star, Fred, began the youtube craze that has yet to end.

2. Disney Channel Computer Games

Disney Channel's website had a plethora of games that we played for hours. Recently, BuzzFeed found links to the best of the best to let us relive our childhood.

3. "The Amanda Show"

Everyone's favorite show!


4. The Disney Channel Games

Our first (and best) version of the Olympics!

5. Webkinz

Let's face it. Most of us had 20+ Webkinz and spun the Wheel of WOW every day!

6. Space Jam

The classic movie turned frat theme.

7. Bon Qui Qui

"SECURITY. THIS MAN HAS GOTS TO GO."

You can follow Bon Qui Qui on Instagram @bonquiqui.

8. "That's So Sweet Life of Hannah Montanna"


The crossover episode of a lifetime!

9. Razor phones

Everyone's dream phone.

10. "Lizzie McGuire Movie"

What could be better than Lizzie McGuire singing to Lizzie McGuire?

11. "Can I Have Your Number?"

"The back of your head is ridiculous."

12. Neopets

Before Webkinz came around.

13. Tamagotchi

From keychain to Wii game, we had it all.

14. Bratz

The cool kids had Bratz dolls.

15. Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise

"Ron... Ron... Ron... Ron WEASLEY."

16. Charlie The Unicorn

This youtube video was oddly entertaining.

17. Club Penguin

When we weren't on Webkinz, we were on Club Penguin.

18. Guitar Hero/Rock Band

We were basically all rockstars.

19. Steve Irwin

RIP

20. Life With Derek

A forgotten treasure.

21. The Potential Breakup Song

Aly and AJ rocked it when they weren't busy working in a dairy factory.

22. The Clique

These book-turned-movies were epic.

23. Charlie Bit My Finger

OUCH CHARLIE.

Although the youtube craze hasn't ended, it sure has changed!

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Working With People Who Are Dying Teaches You So Much About How To Live

Spending time with hospice patients taught me about the art of dying.

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Death is a difficult subject.

It is addressed differently across cultures, lifestyles, and religions, and it can be difficult to find the right words to say when in the company of someone who is dying. I have spent a lot of time working with hospice patients, and I bore witness to the varying degrees of memory loss and cognitive decline that accompany aging and disease.

The patients I worked with had diverse stories and interests, and although we might have had some trouble understanding each other, we found ways to communicate that transcended any typical conversation.

I especially learned a lot from patients severely affected by dementia.

They spoke in riddles, but their emotions were clearly communicated through their facial expressions and general demeanor, which told a story all on their own.

We would connect through smiles and short phrases, yes or no questions, but more often than not, their minds were in another place. Some patients would repeat the details of the same event, over and over, with varying levels of detail each time.

Others would revert to a child-like state, wondering about their parents, about school, and about family and friends they hadn't seen in a long time.

I often wondered why their minds chose to wander to a certain event or time period and leave them stranded there before the end of their life. Was an emotionally salient event reinforcing itself in their memories?

Was their subconscious trying to reconnect with people from their past? All I could do was agree and follow their lead because the last thing I wanted to do was break their pleasant memory.

I felt honored to be able to spend time with them, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was intruding on their final moments, moments that might be better spent with family and loved ones. I didn't know them in their life, so I wondered how they benefited from my presence in their death.

However, after learning that several of the patients I visited didn't have anyone to come to see them, I began to cherish every moment spent, whether it was in laughter or in tears. Several of the patients never remembered me. Each week, I was a new person, and each week they had a different variation of the same story that they needed to tell me.

In a way, it might have made it easier to start fresh every week rather than to grow attached to a person they would soon leave.

Usually, the stories were light-hearted.

They were reliving a memory or experiencing life again as if it were the first time, but as the end draws nearer, a drastic shift in mood and demeanor is evident.

A patient who was once friendly and jolly can quickly become quiet, reflective, and despondent. I've seen patients break down and cry, not because of their current situation, but because they were mourning old ones. These times taught me a lot about how to be just what that person needs towards the end of their life.

I didn't need to understand why they were upset or what they wanted to say.

The somber tone and tired eyes let me know that what they had to say was important and worth hearing. What mattered most is that someone who cared was there to hear it.

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15 Toys That Made My Early 2000s Childhood

You know you loved them.

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Growing up in a time with limited access to technology, us 90s and early 2000s kids had to entertain ourselves. Let's take a break from early adulthood stress and remember the nostalgic times of our childhood.

1. Furby

I remember when I got my first Furby for Christmas. My cousins and I were pumped!!! Within a week mine could sing Twinkle Twinkle Little star and play Red Light Green Light.


2. Sky Dancers

My youngest aunt introduced this magnificent toy to me. You could catch my cousin and I whirling her up into the air and watch her dance across the sky for hours.

3. Lincoln Logs

My brother and I got this toy for Christmas one year and spent the entire morning playing with it. These little logs were so much fun to play with!

4. Barbie's Dream House

This was my favorite thing in the world! My cousin and I would sit downstairs for hours playing barbies. This Dream Home has an elevator and everything I could dream of.

5. Mr. Potato Head


Classic! If Andy had it, we wanted to have it.

6. Bop it

The catchy tune and competitive spirit of this toy made it the best. We played this in a circle, passing it to the next person, hoping they didn't mess up.

7. Pokemon

My cousins, brother, and I played the cards, the gameboy game, and watched the show like true fans. I even had a binder with card holders to protect my gems. You could always catch me trading cards during recess.

8. Tamagotchi

These virtual children that could eat, go to the bathroom, and play were one of the most wanted toys of childhood. Don't worry, mine was always attached to my hip.

9. Pogo Sticks

Pink Pogo Stick  by nag #12, via Flickr | PINK! | Pogo stick, Pink, Back in the day

We all loved when pogo sticks made a comeback! I tried and tried, but I can admit now, I could never actually do it.

10. Gameboy

My favorite games were (obviously) Pokemon and Harvest Moon. A guilty pleasure of mine to this day is still Harvest Moon. For those of you who understand my love for this game--they have an app now.

11. Barbie Head

I couldn't find the OG picture, but everyone loved this barbie you could style. I gave mine to my cousin so he could practice braiding hair. She disappeared (after the move). The search still continues.

12. House

Were you the mom, dad, or baby? I was the mom, of course, but secretly always wanted to be the baby. Don't worry, house also included adventures in the woods, making mud pies, and starting fake fires.

13. Easy Bake Oven

Grandma always understood my love for this toy. Every kid should experience the magic of the Easy Bake Oven.

14. Baby Dolls


My baby could eat, go to the bathroom, and cry. How much better can it get? I loved this thing so much. My mom always tells stories of me carrying her everywhere I went.

15. The OG Poly Pocket

I loved to play with my polly pockets. Pretty sure mine disappeared (thanks mom) because they had lead in the paint.

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