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13 Little Childhood Rewards We Wish We Still Got

Once upon a time, gold stars were as valuable as gold. Now we know differently, but doesn’t mean rewards are out of the question. So grab a Nestlé Drumstick and raise a cone to being awesome.

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2. Staying up past bedtime

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Going to bed at 9:30 instead of 9 meant an extra rerun of Space Cases. Now when we're up late it means chugging more coffee and dealing with the "you look tired" comments.

4. Trips to Chuck E. Cheese

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Sure, that animatronic band only stopped being terrifying after your 5th birthday, but this place had pizza, more pizza, and walls of video games. If your report card was good, this was dream reward.

6. Toys at the dentist

Picking out a toy from the treasure box at the dentist’s office wasn’t just fun—it was retribution. It was serious business. It meant choosing a toy that was sufficient enough to assuage the pain of a hygienist’s plaque scraper. Now, all we get is floss. BORING!