Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Growing Up In Iowa In The 1970's and 1990's Is A Little Different In Comparison To Today

OK~ There's something to be said about growing up in the 70's. I often compared my growing up years to our two boys who were born in 1991 and 1995. Today I find myself comparing how times are different now, as they were when they were growing up. Is Barney the Dinosaur still on television? I honestly have no clue, but I began thinking about that today. I honestly don't think our younger kids of today can sit still to watch a tv show as simple as Barney the Dinosaur. Kids today seem to be attracted to shooting games and anything that is electronic.

I thought back to the days of walking beans in the heat of the summer. Would kids today have the ambition or desire to walk beans for 8-10 hours a day in the summer heat for $10.00 an hour? Keep in mind my siblings and I were 8-14 years old walking beans and we did it for many summers.The answer is still more than likely, "No". Before corn like this came up, we spent hours riding around in the back of a pick-up picking up rocks. Yep, that was summer fun in the 70's, can you relate?



It used to be that kids would search out summer jobs such as mowing lawns, taking care of yards, and the like. Today, with social media in play, I see postings all the time of people looking for someone to do outdoor summer jobs. Kids are nowhere to be found, as they are too busy or don't have a need to bank any money. It could also be that many kids have parents scheduling their calendars so full they honestly have no time for a part time job or any free time to spare.

In the 70's I spent a couple weeks out of the summer at church camp and 4-H camp. When our boys were in scouts, I accompanied the scout troops to summer camp with other adult leaders. In fact, I even came home one year as a certified bb gun instructor for the Boy Scouts of America, how cool is that? Our boys were not only learning new things, but Mom was too! And today, I have to look really hard to find a Boy Scout. Boy Scouting offers skills that boys can use their whole life. Yet, many families don't see the value in it.

So..... the times are a changing and I honestly worry about our youth. Do we still have a work ethic today? And during the 70's I'm sure my Mom worried a little bit about us climbing a tree now and then and wondering who would break their arm next. Thankfully, none of us did fall out of a tree and break an arm, but man, did we have fun climbing those trees! Now, in today's crazy time that we live in, I'm not even sure if kids can still climb trees for fear of hurting themselves or a tree.

In the grand scheme of things, growing up is still growing up. It's all about perspective. If you can have fun, enjoy family time and be healthy- life is good! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?




7 comments:

  1. I grew up almost in between you and your boys and I actually think the youth (in Iowa) of today have a better work ethic. I grew up in South FL and we never did any jobs like you're describing. I am so impressed with 4H and the kids I volunteer with.

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    1. Donna~ You have found a great group of kids to work with and they are lucky to have you in their lives.

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  2. I remember doing odd jobs growing up, too, like you described. Babysitting, cat sitting, watering neighbors' plants, etc. We got a small amount of allowance and were encouraged to earn extra money. We were never to ask for mall money. We both did sports too, but I don't remember feeling as scheduled as kids do today. I can't even believe how many practices and games kids have with each sport. There's all the time in the world to be an adult.

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    1. Yes- life becomes scheduled all too soon, in my opinion! Schedules are good- but I recall not having to be somewhere all the time and I could just be a kid, which felt good.

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  3. There are still some kids out there like you're describing from the 70's. R de-tasseled last summer (his choice) and that's not a fun job either. He's also been mowing lawns for the last couple years and helped my dad mow cemetery for 2 summers. He actually just gave it up this year to work at the swimming pool (again, his choice, he did the application, found out about it, got certified, etc) and he's only 15. He didn't "have" to get a "real" summer job. M was in scouts and is now into horse riding and going to summer camp. We also take the boys along on construction jobs at both 11 & 15 to teach them skills. And electronics? Yeah, they like them but to be honest I don't even know the last time the Xbox was turned on. Fishing, shooting hoops, riding bikes, and hanging out with friends is what our boys do during the summer. So, it my not be the 70's anymore..or even the 80's and 90's, but there are still some dang good kids out there!

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    1. It's always good to hear about the kids that are out developing life skills!

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