I was an awkward child. All gangly and weird with stringy hair and a bizarre obsession with hooded sweatshirts. It wasn’t me. It was my era. If childhood me was transplanted into current day elementary school, I would be the hippest kid on the block. And I guarantee you I would make the word “hip” cool again.
Since I’m clearly SUCH a fashion-forward trendsetter, I have no choice but to blame the early 90’s as a whole for my tragic youthful lameness. The severe lack of accessible technology was my downfall.
Thanks to modern-day advancements, however, our children will never have to deal with at least these four hindrances.
4 Lame Things Our Kids don’t have to Experience
Back in the day, families on a budget had to shop clearance racks filled with cheap generic threads. The only other alternative was to head over to Goodwill and deal with whatever rejects your classmates had thrown out. Awkward. Thanks to the power of the Internet, kids can now score new and used clothes from all over the country at steep discounts through eBay, online consignment sites and Craigslist.
When I was a kid, we had to go to a special class to learn to type. How lame is THAT? Now, kids learn this stuff through everyday life experience.
I had the pleasure of having braces not once, but twice. That’s twice the metal-mouthed awesomeness. Twice the food stuck in my encumbered grin. Twice the teen stress over getting brace-locked trying to kiss my first boyfriend. Now, there’s Invisalign treatment – clear, effective and REMOVABLE aligners made from lightweight plastic with teen and pre-teen options. These invisible braces cost about the same as traditional braces and require fewer trips to the orthodontist. You can check out all the details over on Twitter and Facebook. Seriously, where were these when I was growing up??
Thank you, computers, for making this a thing of yesterday. Do you guys even remember card catalogs? I was an aide at the school library (another thing that obviously contributed to my wild popularity) and I’d spend hours helping the librarian categorize thousands of books onto neatly labeled cards in fancy drawers. The cards would tell people where to find books on shelves, and then they’d turn in another card from within the book to the front desk when they checked out so we could inventory in-stock and out-of-stock reads.
Now, we have a search button and a scanner.
Did you wear braces as a kid? What other majorly uncool things can you think of that our children will never have to deal with?
This post is sponsored by Invisalign. All opinions are my own.