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    21 Things All Parents Who Grew Up In The '80s Will Understand

    Your kids have no idea how cool you are.

    1. You can't help but feel a little uneasy when your kids eat Pop Rocks.


    Yeah, you know that whole thing about a kid dying because he ate Pop Rocks and soda was an urban legend, but still...

    2. You get irrationally annoyed when your kids complain about having to do a book report.

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    "You have the internet! We had to go to libraries! With the Dewey Decimal System!

    3. It's occurred to you that you'd lose your shit if your kids went off for hours at a time without checking in like you used to.

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    How did your parents keep it together?

    4. You've confused your kids on more than one occasion by dropping an 80's catchphrase.


    A few of your favorites: "Where's the beef?" "Who you gonna call?" and "I learned it by watching you!"

    5. You can't wait to show your kids Back To The Future, but are petrified they might not like it.


    And you really don't want to have to disown them.

    6. There are other favorite movies from the '80s, though, that you won't show your kids because they're questionable by today's standards.

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    It's probably not the best parenting move to introduce your kids to Long Duk Dong.

    7. When you hear "Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer" at Christmas, you can't help but sing the "New Kids" parody.

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    This version hit #1 on playgrounds nationwide back in the day.

    8. You have no problem with your kids dressing like Taylor Swift because you used to dress like Madonna.

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    9. Your kids have called you out for not wearing a helmet in photos from your childhood.

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    Thankfully, they haven't seen photos of any of the really crazy stuff you did, like not wear a seatbelt, ride in the back of a truck bed...

    10. Speaking of photos, your kids have laughed their heads off at more than a few snapshots from your childhood.


    Whatever. You're not going to apologize for looking awesome.

    11. You get annoyed when your kids play on the phone too much because in your day you had to entertain yourself.

    OK, you had a Gameboy, but they don't need to know that.

    12. You thought you were pretty badass as a kid, but in hindsight you were pretty innocent... especially in comparison to today's internet-aged kids.

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    #ParentalControls #YouNeedThem

    13. The anti-drug talks you give your kids are going to have to be a lot more sophisticated than the ones your parents gave you.

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    Sorry, Nancy, but "Just say no" isn't going to cut it.

    14. You appreciate that your kids are into My Little Pony, but you do not recognize this new MLP one bit.


    This ain't your mama’s My Little Pony.

    15. And you don't even want to talk about this travesty.


    Ah, that's better.


    16. You have questions for your parents about the WTF stuff they let you do.


    You: "Hey, Dad, remember that time we were on the freeway and you let me steer?"

    Your dad: "Pssh. That never happened."

    But it totally did.

    17. You die a little inside when your kids refer to Drew Barrymore or Johnny Depp as "old."

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    Sorry, kids, but Gertie will never be old.

    18. When it's Eighties Day at your kid's school you go all out.

    19. You roll your eyes when your kids stress out about having to ask another kid out.

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    Really, kids? You're scared of sending a TEXT? In our day we had to call them on the phone and pray the mom or dad didn't answer. And we did all of it uphill in the snow both ways!

    20. Whenever a remake of a classic '80s movie comes out, you insist your kids watch the original.

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    And you probably hound them until they admit the original is better, too.

    21. Lastly, you're pretty sure that when your kids imagine your childhood, they're just picturing this Katy Perry video.

    Which is okay with you — especially since the reality was that you mainly played Nintendo and watched TGIF.