growing up in the 80s

14 Jan

Going down memory lane and looking at the pictures from my childhood the first thing that comes to my mind is that the 80s were probably the worst years in terms of fashion. Of course this is how I see it now. Some thirty years ago I admired Madona and her torn fish net stockings and fake colored hair. I loved how Michael Jackson pulled the one glove kinda thing. But that was a long time ago.

Everything was simpler back then. When we came home from school we played outside on the streets and we returned home when it got dark not because it was no longer safe but because we had spent the last two hours or so running and catching and hide and seek and we were just simply exhausted.

When the weather was off we stayed indoors and played board games, not video games.  In the summer we went to the open air cinema and paid 300 drachma (the equivalent of less than 1 euro).

Things have changed. There are tons of video games, cellphones and different electronic gadgets for our kids. There is the INTERNET which is amazing and horrifying at the same time. We are ‘forcing’ our children into a world of more.

I would love to be able to offer my kids some of that 80s simplicity but I can’t. We have ‘evolved’.

Until next time,




our children will never understand the connection between these 2 objects

19 Responses to “growing up in the 80s”

  1. ramblingsfromamum January 14, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Sad but true T – that is why they grow up too quickly. That is why parents feel them slipping from their fingers. Too much too soon, too much advancement can be used incorrectly can set them on paths we do not wish for them. Unfortunately we are getting old 😦 well not so much you but I, and I embrace some technology. What a pity that my grandchildren (when I get them that is) won’t be able to play like we did – till it got dark, the world is getting smaller and unsafer in a lot of aspects. To me bring back the 60’s, 70’s 80’s…yes I am old lol 🙂 xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu January 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Like my mom always says: You are as old as you feel!! The rest is just numbers 😉

  2. expatsincebirth January 14, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    It’s true that we all embrace technology today, but I also think that we still can show or teach our children some of our “world” (from the ’80, ’70 or else). If we alternate board games, card games with computer games etc., and let our children play outside more often, they will feel a bit what we did feel when we were their age. I guess our mums did think exactly the same when the children did start to play computergames, people sat in front of the TV almost the whole day etc. It’s in our hands to offer that simplicity we used to have when we were kids. It’s not easy, but possible.

    • wonderlandbytatu January 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      you win some & you lose some like in every situation, I guess. You are right, it lays also in our hands, but still, I sometimes feel very nostalgic when I think about the simplicity of my childhood…

      • expatsincebirth January 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

        Oh yes, I can relate. Especially when I think about the afternoons spent outside playing with friends, like you’ve mentioned. I can only allow my children to play in the garden. 😦

  3. Maria Naxaki January 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    then of course there are these videos from the 80s (which I recently received from a friend) just to remind us of how glad we are that things have evolved!

  4. Αγγελική January 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Every generation (or decade) is beautiful in its own way. The important thing is to live each day to its full ! 🙂

    Have a lovely day, T. ! xxx

  5. memyselfandkids January 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    I am also a child of the 80’s and can relate to much of what you say.

  6. DoRo January 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    One advice…do not, I repeat DO NOT give in and get a playstation or similar….for as many years as you can…don’t go there. They become hooked!, Know no limits and after prolonged gaming become IMPOSSIBLY aggressive!!!!
    The good old days are long gone…play dates and “useful” activities are how kids enjoy their free time….

    • expatsincebirth January 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      Couldn’t agree more, DoRo. You can set limits on those games, but children become really aggressive and grumpy! I still prefer playdates with “useful” activities…

      • wonderlandbytatu January 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

        anything that has to do with vegetating infront of tv or sorts makes my kids aggressive and grumpy…nothings beats being outdoors!! that is one of the main reasons I still love this country very much!

  7. DoRo January 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    @expat since birth, I agree that one can ALWAYS try to set limits….I failed, somestimes it is just not worth it having to argue with the kids. Thank God, the eldest played a LOT of soccer, but my little one is just coming into the age, where it is becoming harder and harder to get him to stop….that is why I say, don’t go there in the first place(if you can)! 😉

    • expatsincebirth January 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      @DoRo: I’ve failed too setting limits. It’s not something we just can do and it works. Usually I have to try several strategies in order to get my kids on board. If you have older children who already have those items and are maybe allowed to spend more time on them, it’s very difficult to make the younger ones wait until you think they are old enough to cope. I thought that I could avoid those games too, but then I realized that my boy would play with them at playdates, he once spent 3 hours playing at them, and this without “training”. He was very grumpy and aggressive afterwards. That’s why I decided to buy him some and to show him how not to get addicted. He is pretty good at switching it off, but when we don’t set a time limit (like during holidays or very long car rides), he becomes grumpy, aggressive, sad. The same applies to my girls. – I’ve set some limits. If they start to argue, they know that they loose play-time on the gadget. And for every minute they’re grumpy after having played with it, they loose time for the next session. I’m very strict, I know. But as every parent, I don’t like to argue every day about the same things over and over again. – This system not always works though. I have also days where I’m less strict, and then I loose… 😉

      • wonderlandbytatu January 15, 2013 at 10:23 am #

        but doesn’t this apply to other things as well??a bit of the subject but I face a similar issue with Yiannis who has high cholesterol. When I banned junk food all together he got obsessed, he only wanted to attend parties in order to eat junk food. I remember the advice his doctor gave me a year ago: You have to be very careful with your limits. “There is a very fine line between balancing the forbidden and the sentimental impact this is about to cause. You don’t want to be taking him to therapy sessions because he has become addicted to sneakingly find the junk food elsewhere.” I have general rules which I usually keep. No junk food (or very little) at home and he can have as much as he want on parties and birthdays…

  8. momtimes4 January 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    I do wish our children lived in a simpler time. We try not to play too many video games, but it happens! At least big hair is making a comeback. My hair is naturally wavy, so I can do big hair!

    • wonderlandbytatu January 15, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      hahahaha!! I love big hair!! My hair is naturally wavy as well 😉

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