Let me tell you why:
1. No email. In the 70s, nobody sent out endless attachments. Or links to Google Docs. Or “replied all” back and forth one zillion times about who was bringing napkins to a class party.
2. No social media. In the 70s, I wouldn’t have to worry about when my kids might start sexting. Or over-achieving moms pinning adorable, labor-intensive bento box lunches on Pinterest. Or super moms posting pictures of their advanced six-year-olds reading Harry Potter on Facebook.
3. No recycling. In the 70s, I wouldn’t spend whole minutes staring at the piles of art work my kids bring home wondering, “Can I recycle this paper if it’s got tempura paint on it?” or “Is this foam shape considered a Number 5 plastic?”
4. No privacy. In the 70s, class lists were public, usually mailed out or posted on the classroom door. You found out exactly who was in your class with the rest of the world and didn’t have to call/text/post for weeks trying to find out.
5. No car seats. In the 70s, if little Johnny needed a ride to soccer, I’d just swing by and throw him in the back of my wagon with the other 8 kids.
6. No obesity or sugar police. You want a cookie? Have one. You want some sugary Hi-C from the giant tin can? Drink up!
7. No bento boxes or satellite TV. In the 70s, all we had were cool metal lunchboxes and Charlie’s Angels, CHiPs, and Dukes of Hazzard. And it was good.
Did you survive back to school? Or do you have any ideas how going back to school in the “old days” was better?
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