Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Just For Fun: 21 Things '80s Kids' Did That Would Horrify Us Now

Posted by on Dec. 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM
  • 18 Replies

21 Things '80s Kids' Did That Would Horrify Us Now

by Jenny Isenman 

As a Gen Xer, I recall baby-proofing not being quite what it is today. In fact, we were given these Green Mr Yuk stickers (which were basically like yellow happy face stickers that had just thrown up) to put on anything in our homes that was toxic: chemicals, cleaning supplies etc. I recall showing my mom the stickers and her telling me to go for it (yes, I was to baby-proof my own house). 

So, I searched my house for things that were toxic. I checked cabinets, that I'd never thought to open before, climbed on the sinks to get to all the medicines. It was like anti-baby proofing. I slapped the stickers on all my knew found poisons and added one to the vegetable crisper in the fridge, for good measure.

Now, as a parent myself my own parents like to tell me I'm too overprotective.


"Well, you survived," they say. 

"Yep, but it seems like the odds were against me."

Here are a few things I did growing up that make me wonder how we survived ... 

1.  Thinking the middle seat in the front was the best seat because I could get crushed into the dashboard, I mean, because I got to control the 5 radio stations.

2.  Being totally inaccessible - from after school until dinner. Now, we would call that being lost.

3.  Having an equal intake of air: 50% - Oxygen, 50% - second hand smoke.

4.  Thinking that SPF 4 was responsibly using sun block.

5.  Thinking the haze of Solarcaine I was engulfed in was a healthy way to heal the 2nd degree burns I inevitably got from using SPF 4.

6.  Getting excited when someone had a pick-up truck because that meant the kids got to ride on the flatbed.

7. Sitting on my dad's lap and manning the steering wheel.

8.  Eating salami straight from the log.

9. Playing on a rusted swing set where that one leg always popped out of the ground threatening to propel into space and then came back with a thud.

10. Helmets? No one wore them and if you did, you were super geeky... protecting your nerdy brain and all.

11. Being Latchkey kid by 7 years old. The first couple times I stayed home. I parked a chair right inside the screen door and just sat there staring out, so I could see my mom pull up (also, the world could see I was alone with an open door, brilliant).

12. Fearlessly scaling fences, climbing trees, playing in the woods, and jumping streams without a parent in sight to save us (hell, we used to ride our bikes through a cemetery). 

13. Running into the store to buy an adult cigarettes.

14. Nerf Shmerf - oh, we had them, but cap guns and bb guns were way more likely to shoot your eye out … we preferred them. 

15. Car seats? Bahwawawahaha. My dad drove me around on the back shelf of his convertible in a Moses basket. "Oops, she was here a minute ago, must of hit a bump."

16. And Forget seat belts - I barely sat in the seat at all, lying across the back windshield of my mom's Mercury Marquis or popping up and down from the floor was way more fun.

17. Jumping on beds until they collapsed. I was once under a bed when that happened.

18. Babysitting at 11 -- In my town, once you were able to dial 911, you were considered a candidate for babysitting jobs.

19. Eating unwrapped things people handed you in stores - like pretzel logs from the bank.

20. Being left in the car to wait for my mom do the grocery shopping because I didn't feel like going in.

21. Running around until sundown without a care in the world, a phone in my pocket or shoes on my feet.

Any of those sound familiar?

What things did you do that you would most likely land someone in an ER, jail, therapy, or on the no play-date list - nowadays?

by on Dec. 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
by Bronze Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I remember doing number 9,18,20, & 21

Cafe MichelleP
by Platinum Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The Mom seatbelt!
My parents did that to me all the time. So much so, that even though my older kids are adults and have never  ever ridden in a car without their seatbelt on, if they are in the car with me and I have to suddenly brake, my right arm automatically goes out across their body to protect them. haha

Cafe MichelleP
by Platinum Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM
1 mom liked this

I used to babysit at 11 years old too and I always used to wait in the car. I hated going into the grocery store.

Quoting mmtosam06:

I remember doing number 9,18,20, & 21

by Jennifer on Dec. 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Lots of them sound familiar.

by Michelle on Dec. 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I loved sitting on my grandpa's lap, while steering us down main street. Those were the days.

by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM
I remember doing almost all of them- but instead of playing in the woods (12) we had almond orchards. Almond wars were awesome!! We'd go home covered in welts head to toe from being pelted by our friends. Lol

The mom seatbelt I vowed never to do- I do it all the time lol
by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Another one is jumping into the back of our old station wagon while dad was driving because we pissed mom off and she turned around to do her famous inner knee pinch. 5 out of 10 times we were fast enough to avoid it the other times another sibling would be in the way lol
by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM

ALL of them!! LOL

by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM
what's wrong with number 8? Lol

I did a lot but not all of them. I wasn't a latch key kid till I was 9. station wagons never had seat belts & we all rolled around in the back right?

those were the days my baby!
by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM
and hey you can't even find Mr yuk stickers anymore pout!
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

close Cafemom Join now to connect to other members! Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN