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15 Reasons Parents Who Raised Kids Before Smartphones Deserve Respect

Times were truly tough. But today you can buy the latest Samsung devices at Best Buy to get it all done.

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1. Before smartphones, parents could not magically get their children to stay quiet and occupied — even for short periods of time.

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2. Routine trips to the bank or park could go south at any second.

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3. And taking a road trip with young children was a recipe for disaster.

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4. Before smartphones, parents had to be insanely lucky to catch their child doing something cute or funny on camera.

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5. And cute videos? Ha! Dad wasn't exactly walking around the house with this thing on his face 24/7:

"Today's the day she takes her first steps. I can feel it. And when she does, I'll be ready. Steady hand, Scott. Steady hand."
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"Today's the day she takes her first steps. I can feel it. And when she does, I'll be ready. Steady hand, Scott. Steady hand."

6. You couldn't carry 10,000 memories in your pocket. You had to invest time and energy into making a scrapbook for that.

"We have 32 photographs to document the rich lives our family lived between the years 1952 and 1984."
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"We have 32 photographs to document the rich lives our family lived between the years 1952 and 1984."

7. Before smartphones, parents had no way of understanding what could be wrong with their children.

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8. They had to put the children in the car and drive them across town to the doctor's office in order to understand why their child was unwell.

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9. Parents also had to remember dozens of important numbers, dates, and facts related to the health and well-being of their children.

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10. And they had to keep all that information organized.

*searches for immunization records as suspenseful spy music plays*
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*searches for immunization records as suspenseful spy music plays*

11. Before smartphones, parents didn't know where their children were. Like ever.

"I'll come pick you up after soccer practice. If anything happens in the interceding period and our plans don't work out, I guess we won't see each other ever again because we will have virtually no way of contacting each other. Bye!"
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"I'll come pick you up after soccer practice. If anything happens in the interceding period and our plans don't work out, I guess we won't see each other ever again because we will have virtually no way of contacting each other. Bye!"

12. Before smartphones, parents had to visit physical stores to buy all those things children need — and they had to bring the children along too!

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13. And there were more errands to run. Parents had to go to the bank, develop film, buy music, rent videos, visit the library, and more.

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14. Parents even had to schedule time to pay bills. It wasn't easy!

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15. Lastly, before smartphones, parents couldn't just look up the answers to questions from their kids. They had to make the answers up.

"Hey, Mom... Why are these eggs blue?""They're blue because they're snake eggs and they're poisonous. Let's go back inside."
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"Hey, Mom... Why are these eggs blue?"

"They're blue because they're snake eggs and they're poisonous. Let's go back inside."

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