I love all the retro TV shows that are on at the moment . We don’t have cable or pay TV, so just have the free-to-air options to choose from. Mind numbing reality shows are my favourites; just the thing to have on in the background while I’m doing stuff.
Bell watches ABC3 when she has some downtime, and John’s favourites are series that he can watch in blocks of episodes with no ads.
But I have to say, I do get lost in replays of the shows I loved when I was a kid; The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley. When I watch them now, it does take me back to a simpler time. A time when there seemed to be a lot less exposure and a lot more innocence. And honestly, I really don’t mind floating back there for a little while.
When Bell and I watch these shows together, particularly The Brady Bunch, she often comments on how “kiddie” the kids actually are. It’s times like this that I realize just how much the world has grown up from one generation to the next.
With so much information constantly and instantly available to us, we now know much more about things that may not have influenced us 30 years ago. Kids are learning, not only from parents and teachers, but also from society in general. Our back yard is now much bigger than it used to be.
As much as it sometimes disturbs me how much information is being presented to our children at a younger age, it also excites me for the possibilities and opportunities available to them.
I know keeping lines of communication open is key as a parent, these days probably more than ever. I hope that Bell always feels comfortable enough to come to us, when she needs to. It does scare me when I hear about families who, even though they’re all living under the same roof, don’t have any interaction. As much as technology makes our lives more wonderful in so many ways, it does have a lot to answer for.
My family situation growing up was a lot different, as was John’s. In my house it was me, my sister and my mum and we kind of all pulled together. John’s formative years were spent in China and Hong Kong, so cultural differences come into play there. Between us, we’re muddling through and making up the rules as we need them. And I bet our parents and grandparents had to do exactly the same.
So I guess we’re all learning about this parenting thing together. The rules and guidelines need to change with the times, and I think the worst thing we could do would be to live by the motto of “ignorance is bliss”. A trap easy to fall into, and comforting in the short term.
I honestly don’t feel that we’re living in a time that’s any worse than earlier generations, just different. And that can be a really positive thing, right?
What is the biggest difference today, to when you were growing up?