5 Things Kids Should Try Living Without

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I'm not old.

But, sometimes I feel like it.

Not because chasing after my kids exhausts me or because I don't get the lyrics to half of the songs on the radio, but because my kids live such different lives than I did at their age.

Everything is just so different.

I'd love it if they could go back in time to like, um, 1992, and deal with only having a few TV channels, a rotary phone, and cassette tapes.

They'd be so confused.

In fact, here are 5 things I think they should have to try living without:

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Texting. I find it crazy useful for my purposes, but imagine how awesome it must be for teens. Think if you never had to answer another uncomfortable call from your mom who doesn't understand that you don't have to scream into cell phones to be heard. She could ask all about your bowel situation via text and not a single one of the friends you're hanging with at the time would be able to overhear her. And think of all of the times you pretended to be at your bestie's house when you were really at a house party (Dear Mom, I never did this. Promise. I'm talking about other kids with poor judgment and foolish parents.). Before texting came along you'd have to shhhhhh a room full of people while you called your parents to tell them you'd be a teeny bit late. And that one obnoxious guy would always mess it up with his stupid laughing at something that wasn't even funny. Now, just shoot off a text and you're done. Note: I'm never accepting an I'm-gonna-be-late texts from my children; phone calls only please.

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Trophies for participation. I'm not a fan. I feel like my kids have no idea what achievement and success even feels like because no matter how they perform they come away with something shiny. I'd like them to appreciate the benefit of hard work and I feel like they struggle to understand that because even if they fail they walk away with a reward. I'm not suggesting they should have each of their failures pointed out, I'm just saying that when I was a kid I got a trophy when I won and the fact that I only ever got one sports related trophy with my name on it didn't ruin me as a person. In fact, it helped me focus on being awesome at things I really enjoyed and not on the stuff everyone else was doing just to say I did it. Also, those things are hard to store and increase participation fees so I say keep 'em!

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DVR. I am in love with the fact that the only time I see commercials is during the Super Bowl. My children are spoiled by it. I can't tell you how many times they scream at me to fast forward the TV when it's live, and then cry because I can't do it. And trying to explain to a three year old that you can't “just make Jake and the Neverland Pirates come on” is like trying to explain I'm-not-gonna-give-you-a-treat-just-because-you're-staring-at-me to the dog. They just don't get it.

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Google. So many times each day I look up random info with the search engine. And the info I know now because I can just Google why Solange fought Jay-Z in an elevator is mind blowing. Same for my kids. Imagine if they had to like, pick up a book to find something out, or speculate. Headache for days.

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eReaders. They'd have to actually find the eight books our house ate so we could get our library ban lifted. Never mind, eReaders are a necessity.

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5 Things Kids Should Try Living Without

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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