8 Reasons Why Being A Kid Rocked!

I took a little trip down memory lane…This is more or less a childhood vs. adulthood post.

1. Everyone was my friend!

Every single kid in my class was my friend. Every day it was ” My friend Tom, my friend Lisa, my friend …” How did my parents manage to keep up with my crazy lifestyle? My childhood friends and I had our little “He said, she said” sessions, but it was never anything major like the drama that sometimes arises as an adult.

We may have been naive as kids, but some of us were also very forgiving and let things go easily. This is something many adults struggle with. Now I can count all my friends on one hand, just about and not everyone I meet is instantly a friend.

1152328_16239381

2.  “I can’t wait until I grow up”

Be careful what you wish for! When I said I couldn’t wait until to grew up, I didn’t mean it! I’m almost convinced the candles I blew out on one of my birthdays granted this wish. If I blow out the candles on my next birthday reversing this, does this mean I would miraculously become a kid again? The years flew by so quickly, I didn’t realise how easy I had it!

candle

3. Too blessed to be stressed

The only stress I encountered was when I had to decide if I should watch Goosebumps on Fox Kids or Are you afraid of the dark on Nickelodeon! It really was a hard decision to make!

Needless to say, these two shows were  probably the reason why my china doll stayed in the box and didn’t see daylight more than twice in a good 20 years! Now as an adult there are far more worries in the world! I rarely find the time to even watch TV and yes the china doll is still in a box somewhere!

doll

4. Ready, Steady.. I didn’t have to cook!

I didn’t have to cook, well real food anyway. I could whip up a meal in a jiffy and I wouldn’t have to worry about the washing up. Although my mum taught me to cook from a young age; I wasn’t cooking meals by myself until I was at least 10.

playfood

5. What’s love got to do with it?

There was no pressure to be in a relationship as a kid. I had no interest in guys and I didn’t have to wonder if a guy liked me back. A guy in my primary school class once told me he loved me and I was so confused! He kind of received the same reaction any guy would get now if I’m honest!… Something’s never change!

I only had to worry about arranging dates for Barbie and Ken from time to time, to keep the spark alive!

barbie

6.  Sleep is for the weak!

I used to try to avoid going to bed at all costs. I would lay in my bed in broad daylight wondering why I couldn’t stay up late. I was jealous of the kids that were allowed to stay up late.

Now that I think about it, there was no need for me to up late watching TV beyond the watershed period. On special occasions exceptions were made; I could stay up later than usual, often forcing myself to stay wide awake, so I wouldn’t miss out on anything.

If I could go to bed at 8pm every day, I would… I really would!  Sleep? What is sleep? What is a lay in? I have no recollection of either of these! There is so much to do and so little time.

girl

7.  Ohhh, wait a minute Mr.Postman….

I wanted to receive letters so badly as a child. I would ask my mum why no one ever sent me any post and she would warn me of what was to come. Now I see a letters with my name on them, I feel like asking the postman if he’s sure they’re for me!  Bills, bills, bills, don’t really want to pay my telephone bill… but I guess I will! It’s actually such a relief when a letter isn’t addressed to me!

POSTMANPAT

“Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat and his black & white cat…”
 

8. Pocket Money

Pocket money is now a pay check, for me anyway! Maybe there are adults out there that still receive pocket money from their parents? If this applies to you, you are very lucky!

You get what you earn when you enter the world of work. Gone are the days when I was given money for looking cute whilst I played with my toys! I wasn’t one of those kids that received money for doing chores; my mum didn’t believe in paying us to do things that needed to be done.

I’m not entirely sure how much pocket I received; I just know that the money would s-t-r-e-t-c-h! I could indulge and enjoy the finer things in life. My lunch money was £2 a day throughout Secondary School.

If I tried to live off £2 a day as an adult, I would struggle and I definitely couldn’t be able to feed my appetite! My mum took care of all of that, now I have my own responsibilities.

1269975_69331015

What did you love about your childhood?

Advertisements

7 Toys And Games From My Childhood

A few nights ago I started to reminisce about my childhood. Here are 7 of the ‘toys’ that made my childhood enjoyable.

1. Pogs

I am so lucky these were free in Walkers crisp packets. I know for a fact my mum wouldn’t have let me buy these, never in a million years! She just didn’t understand! I adored the cartoon images on them! I can vaguely remember the ridged edges; the Tazo logo on the back and cartoon characters plastered on the front. Come on all your favourite cartoon characters in a crisp packet; it didn’t get better than that! Andddd you could flick, flick, flick them all over the place! Memoriesss!

 

2. Yoyo’s

I can do that trick. You know the one where you sort of throw the yoyo towards the floor; then it stalls for a while, then you tease it a little so it meets with your hand again. Ha. I saved long and hard for a yoyo. I walked to the corner shop with a pocket full of pennies (literally)! The shopkeeper didn’t even bother to count all that change and I don’t blame him! It wasn’t your average plastic yoyo, it was supersonic and it even had a light! You know which one I’m on about! I wonder if I have any more tricks up my sleeve…

3. Alien Pods

Ohhh my god! I wanted one of these so badly! I’m pretty sure I was the last person in my year group to have one. I will never forget seeing these weird looking ugly things that looked like they were made out of some sort of sticky jelly substance, sitting in pod covered in slimy goo. Did you guys hear the rumour about the aliens being able to reproduce? Yup, I too fell for it! I’m still here waiting for it happen.

4. Tamagotchi’s

I didn’t have any pets growing up until I owned a Tamagotchi! My own little virtual pet I could take to school with me and keep in my pocket! I felt bad for neglecting it during school hours though! It was so much fun gathering in the playground with my friends showing off our pets… Until it died.. Or the battery died! Times have changed! I am seeing Tamagotchis for £24.99 right now! Yes, you read the price right! I’m pretty sure I could have brought 2 and maybe a half with that money in my days!

tama

5. Pokemon cards

It was hard to miss the sudden craze at school! I didn’t take the time to get the gist of trading Pokemon cards. I watched the cartoon on TV a few times.  I knew I had to get my hands on my own stack one way or another! Pikachoo I’m coming for you! *ninja fly kicks the air*. My dad brought me one pack of Pokemon cards and I ended up with over 100 just like that! Kids at school would give away their unwanted cards and I guess I collected them. I remember the shiny cards being classed as ‘precious’ must-haves for some unknown reason. I wonder if I can sell them on eBay and make a killing. I kid.

d1301-pokemon-set

6. Lucky bags

I recall the yellow lucky bags with the turtle Mr “Dick Turtle” poised on the front; he had this teenage mutant ninja turtles thing going on. They were filled with a whole lot of “lucky air”; a couple of sweeties, a piece of paper (a puzzle of some sort), a few miscellaneous toys and did I mention the lucky air? As a kid it was like a mini Christmas anticipating what treats were inside.

b1456-luckybag

7. LEGGGOO!!

Who doesn’t love Lego? If you don’t love Lego.. Why don’t you love Lego? I have never actually owned Lego *shock horror*. I played with it at school and at my after school club though. I was one of those girls that had dolls galore; Barbie, Cindy, Baby born and tiny tears. No Lego touched my toy box unfortunately. Luckily I was blessed with a little brother! It took a little persuading, but I managed to get him to ask “Santa” for Lego and the fun begun! We made cars, houses, spaceships and more! Every creation was possible with Lego!

d360c-lego

 Image sources 
Dick Turtle lucky bag image- Google images
Alien pod image- http://www.amazon.co.uk
Tamagotchi image- http://www.amazon.co.uk