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10 Ways Living Through the 80s Made Me Stronger

By Katy M. Clark of Experienced Bad Mom

Sometimes my Tender Pumpkins ask me to get them a snack or drink of water while they lounge on the couch watching TV.


Because “You’re already up” or “You’re closer,” they plead.

At times like this, I fight the good fight. Laziness and privilege will not be rewarded. No, I stand firm and tell them that they can get it themselves.

Okay, so sometimes it’s easier to just get the stupid glass of water than engage in 5 minutes of back and forth.

But still. Sometimes I DO fight the good fight.

Furthermore, I always remind them how much easier they have it today than when I was growing up.

After all, I lived through the 80s. The Cold War was raging. President Reagan got shot. Boy bands had tighter pants and bigger hair than I did.

Indeed, here are 10 ways that living through the 80s made me stronger:

1. I went to the movies before stadium seating. If anyone sat in front of me, I could only see half the screen.

2. I learned how to drive on a stick shift. Heck, I learned how to parallel park on a stick shift!

3. I survived using a bottle of Aqua Net every week to get my 80s hair just so. (Um, sorry ozone layer.)

4. I had to get up and slide the bar to change the channel on the cable TV box.

5. I used the card catalog and encyclopedias.

6. I had to write my school papers by hand and use white-out if I made a mistake. (It smelled kinda good, though!)

7. I had to share a phone with my whole family AND it was attached to the wall.

8. I had to fast forward after the last song on the first side of a cassette tape before I could turn it over and listen to the first song on the other side. Geesh. My kids don’t even know of what I speak.

9. I had to lick the back of postage stamps.

10. Two words: spiral perm.

See? Life was hard in the 80s. My Tender Pumpkins don’t know how easy they’ve got it.

This post was originally published on Experienced Bad Mom.


About the Author

Katy M. Clark is a writer who embraces her imperfections and enjoys a good laugh at Experienced Bad Mom. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.