Bob Dylan had it right about the times, man. Those of you not directly involved in parenting young children in the 2010 era might be surprised to learn a few things. For instance, did you know:
1) No more prizes in cereal boxes. Oh, the injustice! Prizes in cereal boxes were such a fabulous manufacturer idea. My mother could talk me right into Oat Granola Barley Bits if it meant I was going to get a pink plastic sparkle ring when I reached the bottom. Turns out the prizes choked a few small children and, poof, they were gone! Unfair, I say. How is one to talk a five-year old into grabbing some Raisin Bran™ when things like Eggo Waffle Crisp™ beckon them from the shelves with smiling yellow bears and images of warm syrup on the box front? No self-respecting child will be lured in by a metal scoop with overflowing raisins. Where’s the Silly Putty™ egg in the box?!
2) Speaking of Silly Putty. I generally hate Silly Putty. It’s along the same lines as Play-doh™ as far as its messiness to pleasure ratio. The scales tip too far in the wrong direction. Know what it’s made of? Silicone and (originally) particles of boric acid. They’re like little toxic balls of breasts — “Silly Slutty” (couldn’t resist). Anyway, what do you recall as the coolest thing about Silly Putty? The image lifting, right? The fact that you could press it against a comic strip and then bend and pull the putty, morphing Snoopy into a wiener dog before your very eyes. Well, since the invention of that pesky printing press you can’t do that anymore. For some reason, according to the Silly Putty website, the Wall Street Journal still works, though. Which is weird.
3) Tivo / DVR. So, elder generation parents, do you know that we parents in the technology driven world of 2010 can record television shows without a Betamax (remember the Betamax)? Without a VCR? Without those clunky tapes? Yup, we can. Right there in our tv. What this means, however, is that, once recorded, our children’s shows can be on at any time of day. And they are wise to this. If Big Brother can pad out of his room at 7 am and turn on Wow, Wow, Wubbzy so that Mom can catch another 15 minutes of sleep before Little Brother rises, you can bet he knows Wubbzy’s in there later in the day. Remember the days of “Sorry, your shows aren’t on right now. Mom and Dad are watching the news”? Gone. They’re onto us. Live by the TiVo, die by the TiVo.
4) Car seats are a total pain in the a** now. I really think it’s possible that if my parents used a car seat at all they stopped using it once I was old enough to sit up unassisted. (I’d like some clarification on this, Mom) Today, you can regularly see kids walking over to their car, swinging opening the door of a gigantic Suburban and extending long, strong legs and arms to deftly climb aboard. Then they climb into a booster seat and strap themselves in. The law in Massachusetts states they need to be in a special seat until they reach 8 years of age. In New Jersey they have to be eight and eighty-pounds which just seems crazy. As the mother of a bean pole, I can tell you that if we lived in New Jersey (which we will not. ever.) Big Brother might well be enjoying a roadie in his booster seat before he tops 80 lbs. I wonder if my mother’s right arm shooting out from the driver’s seat over my chest in the passenger seat at any sign of trouble would have qualified as a make-shift seatbelt? She still does this, by the way.
Revised pregnancy rules would be a chapter in itself. We were expected to abstain from smoking, drinking alcohol or eating pretty much anything that actually tastes good while we were pregnant. What a total buzz kill (kidding, of course). But, still I’m pretty sure my Mom’s water broke over a vodka tonic and a couple of oysters. And look how awesome I turned out.
Heh heh heh.
Video is a little loud, fyi…