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17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

Kids today have it easy with their play-dates and after school programs. They don’t have a clue the struggle of being a latchkey kid. Or the fun that came with not having an adult breathing down your neck 24/7. Sure we got a lot of sunburns and broken bones, but it was a rite of passage! Being an 80’s kid was pretty rad. There are even some studies that have come out showing that with all the supervision and bubble wrap we have added into our kid’s lives, we have not changed the amount of danger they can get into in a lot of areas. For example, kids get injured at the same rates today as they did back before playgrounds were all rubber mats and plastic surfaces.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

1. Lawn darts were a great idea. Give sharp pointy things to kids to throw!

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

2. Kids were actually encouraged to play with fireworks.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

3. Casts were a badge of honor for kids. And parents didn’t feel shame or neglectful when their kids broke bones.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

4. Slides were taller and playgrounds were more dangerous. And more fun.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

5. Piling up in the back of a truck and feeling the breeze in your hair was not only legal, but a pretty good time.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

6. Being a kid and having a ride up in the front seat without a seat belt was always a good time. Especially when you were at the wheel.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

7. Kids were allowed to play and explore without a constant watchful eye.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

8. SPF one million wasn’t a thing, and sunburns and peeling skin was the norm.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

9. Helmets, knee pads, wrist guards, and all that jazz were also not a thing.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

10. Second hand smoke was something you just dealt with.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

11. Heating up your SpaghettiOs on the stove by your lonesome happened all the time.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

12. The backseat was a playground where you could sit any which way.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

13. There was a very likely chance that your mom smoked while she was pregnant with you.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today
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14. Being a latchkey kid was the norm. Letting yourself in the house after school, getting your own food, and trying not to burn the house down was a daily thing.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

15. Young kids would watch their even younger siblings.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

16. Play-dates weren’t called play dates and kids didn’t have adults breathing down their necks the entire time.

17 Reasons Kids From The 80s Are Tougher Than Kids Today

17. Sneaking cigs was not disgusting. It was a sign of coolness.

Some people might argue that today there are a lot less injures and death due to helmets and seat belts, and they may be right. All I know for sure is times were a lot easier. And not only did we survive, but it made us stronger.

So much was different back when we were kids in the 80’s, but were they actually better? Let us know in the comments below.

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