Parenting

Parents: When Did Your Kids Realize You Are 'Uncool'?

If you were a kid anytime during the 1980s, then you know how totally ‘tubular’ it was. Playing outside from dawn until dusk, the rad fashions, Atari, amazing music, and Ronald Reagan as president. Times were happy and worries were few, as we roller skated our way through life. Oh, how I miss those days!

I am having a hard time with today’s “culture” regarding teens and what they like. Take the music for instance. Some of it makes you want to take a fork and jam it right into your ear (who’s with me?). Can somebody please tell me what the “Stanky Leg” is? Is that anything like the “Sprinkler” or “The Worm”?  And when did Guns N’ Roses become classic rock?

The song “1985” came on the radio in the car the other day and it reminded me of a conversation I had with my girlfriend. She was lamenting how sad she was because her son was embarrassed by her. He rolls his eyes anytime she comes around his friends and asks her to drop him off down the street.

I felt bad for her because my kids went through that stage too, and it can make you feel awful. Now that they’re older, they actually like a lot of the things that I do. Occasionally they will joke about me being a kid when Lincoln was president, but for the most part, they are self professed ‘dorks’ like me and love hearing stories about my childhood. They know who “The Cure” is and have seen “Sixteen Candles” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and actually like them.

I assured my friend that this stage won’t last forever. As they get older, your influence does rub off on them. So if your children think your out of touch, relax, they’ll come around. You may even one day find your clan having an impromptu dance party in the kitchen to “Ice Ice Baby.”

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