18 Reasons Why Kids From The 80’s Are Tougher Than Today’s Kids

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Look, we get it. Life is hard because your dial-internet took a bit longer to start up this morning… Boo-frickety-hoo my friend. Try getting through life without the internet at all, or try living in a time when an Apple wasn’t something you spent your entire allowance on, but something you carried around in your lunchbox.

That’s right, growing up in the 80’s was rough. There were simply things about that decade that kids nowadays just wouldn’t be able to handle… 

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So, here are 18 reasons why 80’s kids are tougher than today’s kids!

#1. Yard darts. Yup, kids played with them even without adult supervision.

yard darts

#2. Playing with fireworks was not just fun, it was encouraged.


#3. Breaking a leg and getting a cast wasn’t cause for a parental freakout, but a badge of honor.


#4. Playgrounds weren’t deprived from any form of fun or excitement by making them as safe as possible. We went down ridiculously tall, metal slides that were hot enough to blister you.

metal slides

#5. Kids legally and fearlessly rode in the backs of pickup trucks all over the country.

80s kids in pickup truck

#6. Second-hand smoke? Totally normal, and it most likely came from parents.

second hand smoke 80s

#7. Kids rode in the front seats of cars without worrying of getting stopped and no seat-belts either.

Father and son at wheel of a car

#8. The 80s – a time when kids played outside, build forts and brought home wild pets.

playing outside 80

#9. Sunburns weren’t considered deadly, and kids had fun peeling the skin off.


#10. Instead of video games and surfing the internet, kids used to enjoy cycling.

biks biking in the 80s

#11. Kids would cook on the stove by themselves, even home alone.

kids cooking in the 80s

#12. No buckling up in the backseat of the car. It was play time, pure and simple.

backseat 80s

#13. It was likely that your mother was still smoking when carrying you in her womb.

smoking 80s

#14. When the parents were at work or wherever, older kids would watch their little brothers or sisters.

kids playing 80s

#15. Play-dates didn’t exist in the 80’s. There was just unsupervised, unstructured time when kids played together.

play dates 80s

#16. Teen smoking was cool rather than gross. Not saying that is a good thing, but that is how it was in the 80’s.

teen smoking 80s

#17. The legal drinking age in the 80’s was 18 year, and about a third of 12th graders had used alcohol– compared to fewer than 1 in 5 today.

drinking in the 80s

#18. Kids would come home from school, unlock the door and simply go in to get something to eat or do their homework, without their parents being charged for it.

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