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    I've wanted to ask this for awhile. We of the boomer generation, and earlier, remember with fondness and EXTREME detail, the TV shows, bands, songs, products of our childhoods. Heck, there are entire radio stations devoted to our music (oldies, 40's, 50's, etc.). We remember these iconic parts of our lives as if they were yesterday. Well, almost.

    With the demand for INSTANT gratification, information, entertainment, etc., who thinks that the kids of today will a) REMEMBER these parts of their childhoods or b)think that they are worth remembering and celebrating? It seems to me, and I don't have kids, that everything in their lives is so fleeting and constantly changing and they move from one fad to another so quickly, that they don't have the grounding in "slice of life" stuff that we do. Thoughts??
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    I was born in the 80's and I remember a lot of my childhood - yearly camping trips to Massachusetts in the summer, vacations, pets, TV shows and music. I even remember my lines from a Christmas play I did in the 3rd grade.
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    I was just talking to somebody the other day about how the young kids now are going to grow up with their brains wired in a completely different way. Lots of them get a cell phone and a computer right off the bat, and away they go, multitasking and rarely giving anything their full attention.

    Cue the chorus of the old fogies saying: Kids today.

    Thank goodness the horses haven't changed that much!



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    I think that the whole "internet/cell phones/instant gratification thing is why there are so many ADD people now. Kids do not LEARN to study/focus/Pay attention for a period of time.



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    Bump for more discussion.

    Brookdale Bay, you are sort of right on the cusp of when things starte to really take off. Good that you remember the things that you do, but do you think kids of 2000 and on have the same memories? And WILL they as they go forward? Will the oldies channels someday be the music of 2010, or will they stay the 60s and 70s as they are now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsmom View Post
    I think that the whole "internet/cell phones/instant gratification thing is why there are so many ADD people now. Kids do not LEARN to study/focus/Pay attention for a period of time.
    You just explained my problem. I sit here watching the Real Housewives of NJ, enjoy off-topic day on COTH, and text message friends. It's a real illness and I'm trying to wean myself off of technology before spring semester starts...



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    Being a baby boomer myself I can tell you how important it was to have my children watch the cartoons of my youth, and see the classics (from the various seasons) as I did. Mine received toys to play with outside that forced them (not that mine needed that, they loved being outside) to learn the joys of my childhood.

    I think technology has ruined children. Sex (insinuated or real) is shoved at them far too early by way of all forms of the media and books are foreign to many. My daughter and son are thankfully not self adsorbed, but kind and thoughtful individuals.

    My mother had a huge hand in helping me raise my two and because of her amazing influence and stories of her growing up, mine have a deep rooted appreciation of a generation that is quickly leaving us.

    Today's youth is a shallow lot as a whole, and hardly knows good grammar, manners or how to dress appropriately for various situations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaBred View Post
    Being a baby boomer myself I can tell you how important it was to have my children watch the cartoons of my youth, and see the classics (from the various seasons) as I did. Mine received toys to play with outside that forced them (not that mine needed that, they loved being outside) to learn the joys of my childhood.

    I think technology has ruined children. Sex (insinuated or real) is shoved at them far too early by way of all forms of the media and books are foreign to many. My daughter and son are thankfully not self adsorbed, but kind and thoughtful individuals.

    My mother had a huge hand in helping me raise my two and because of her amazing influence and stories of her growing up, mine have a deep rooted appreciation of a generation that is quickly leaving us.

    Today's youth is a shallow lot as a whole, and hardly knows good grammar, manners or how to dress appropriately for various situations.
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    Default The more things change...

    The more they remain the same.

    Is anyone here familiar with this quote attributed to Socrates (or maybe Plato?) about youth?

    "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for
    authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place
    of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their
    households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They
    contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties
    at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
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    I am talking more specifically about the memories they will/won't have, as compared to ours, due to the speed at which they interact with the world via technology.
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    As a boomer I remember with great fondess the TV shows especially Fury, My Friend Flicka, Lassie, and so many more. As a high school teacher, I see the teens today totally overloaded with classes and outside activities. I also worry about the lack of face-to-face social skills these teens will have due to their technology dependencies. But I also see great things in this generation and remind them always of that expectation.
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    What's fascinating to me is that, because of stations like "Nick" and such, my kids are discovering things I enjoyed--they record Seinfield EVERY day and watch it. They watch old cartoons. It's pretty interesting.

    I don't want to romanticize my childhood. The TV was my babysitter far too often. I have commercial jingles/old TV show themes stuck in my head so much that I fear there's no more room. And not just the good stuff--way too much Gilligan's Island there and "If you think it's butter..."!!

    Yes, SOME kids are ADD and really won't have many "memories". I remember with horror talking to a young man about writing a "personal experience" composition (this was in the '80s, btw): "What are you interested in?

    "I dunno."

    "Well, what are your hobbies?

    "I dunno."

    "What do you like to do in your spare time?"

    "watch TV, I guess."

    "what programs do you like?"

    "I dunno. WHatever's on."

    ARRGGHHH!

    However, we always talk to our kids about what we watch: what was your favorite part? What else did it remind you of? etc. I think my kids WILL have memories--some of video games, some of DDR, some of movies, some of songs, some of TV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    The more they remain the same.

    Is anyone here familiar with this quote attributed to Socrates (or maybe Plato?) about youth?

    "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for
    authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place
    of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their
    households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They
    contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties
    at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
    I love that quote - always pertinent when having a curmudgeonly discussion of "kids these days!"

    My two teenagers will have strong memories of their childhoods, I have no doubt, but they will be as different from mine as mine are different from those of my parents, who were born during the depression and lived in near-poverty for much of their childhoods.

    Yes, often I think my kids are spending too much time on Facebook, texting and playing video games, but they still do plenty of other things. They both participate in sports, have jobs, and do well in school. I don't discuss my youthful indiscretions with them, but I have admitted to friends that they are much better behaved than I was at their age! (it was the seventies then, after all )



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    If a child has a passion, they will have memories. A passion takes effort, imagination & money to pay for it. For myself, both of my daughters- now married and in their 20's- had passions which kept them outside and interacting with likeminded peers. It also required me to be around so we have strong family memories.

    I don't think technology is all bad if used wisely.



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