The Last Childhood Generation

The Last Childhood Generation

Are we setting our kids up for success or failing them from the start?
37
views

At some point in the past years, you have probably seen a meme on social media stating that 90s kids is the best generation thus far or how the 90s were the best years for a lot of things. While I am a part of the Y generation, I have always thought these memes were stupid. There was never any point in comparing X, Y and Z generation to each other because in my mind it was like comparing apples and bananas: each has their downfalls and each has their achievements. I never understood why my generation felt that they were the best generation to come through. That was until I became a mother.

Do I think that my generation is the best? No, but I do think that my generation had the last of the good childhood life. Generation Y was the last of all childhood innocence. We were forced to play outside until dark. Why? The simple answer is technology. Kids are staying indoors instead of riding bikes. The latest gaming system is keeping kids indoors. There are more TV channels available to everyone now than there were in say 1996. And, lastly, with the Internet being a touch of a screen away, technology is in even more demand now than when it first started.

Speaking of television, my Saturday mornings were spent watching cartoons until my parents woke up. Did you know that the days of Saturday morning cartoons are gone? Fox was the first company to pull the plug. With television having so many channels available to everyone all the time, the Saturday morning cartoon broadcast was not necessary anymore. The last Saturday morning cartoon broadcast was about a year ago. All the time slots have been replaced with infomercials other shows. No more cartoons available on those bunny ears!

The change in Saturday morning cartoons was not the only change in television. Most of the 90s shows have been replaced with educational shows. Since when did television have to be educational? It’s meant to be entertaining. Don’t get me wrong, I love having my kids learn while having fun, but I also want my kids to be kids. Ren & Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life and Hey Arnold! are only a few of the dozens of shows that I recall begging my parents to let me watch until dinner. They were funny, dark and a bit over our heads, but they were entertaining. The only show I can compare to from today and the 90s is Spongebob Squarepants, but that’s again like comparing apples and bananas; they’re two different things.

The last reason why I do believe that our generation was the end of the innocent generation is because of the way our education system is. Does anyone remember having to know all of their letters, being able to count to thirty, and basically being treated like an adult in kindergarten? I sure don’t. I remember learning all those things in kindergarten. We had recess, sensory corners, and we learned the basics of life in those four walls of a class room. That’s not how it is today. I can teach my child suggests that every kid should know the alphabet, can match the uppercase letter to the lowercase letter and tell you which is which. That seems a lot to me. Simply identifying every letter should be enough.

We are rushing our kids to grow up. Instead of our kids simply being kids, we are expecting them to know it all before the age of five. Technology is partly to blame. With all the information it the world available to us at our fingertips, we try push all the information we have into the minds of children. That almost seems like we are failing them. We aren’t letting them have the childhood we had. Instead of remembering playing outside until dark, they’re going to remember sitting in the living room playing flashcards or watching Sprout. So the next time that meme pops up in your news feed, think about the differences in the generations and how far we’ve come. Are we setting up our kids for success or are we failing them from the start?

Cover Image Credit: AmazonAWS

Popular Right Now

You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
1107437
views

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

Cover Image Credit: Jessy Scott

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...

214
views

Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.

https://pixabay.com/go/?t=image-list-shutterstock&...

Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.

Signed,

The lost 22-year old that believes in you

Related Content

Facebook Comments