Posted by: laughs4dads | January 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is my mother’s birthday.  She’s 82.

A lot has changed during my mom’s lifetime.  I’m not talking about the obvious technological advancements that have consistently befuddled my mother though the years (for instance, she couldn’t figure out how to answer her cell phone).  I’m referred to our attitudes toward children.  Specifically, our own.

Here are a few comparisons between generations:

Us to our kids: “You’ve got a soccer game after school, so I’ll pick you up and drive you to the field.  Then John’s mother will pick up you and John and drive you back to school for lacrosse practice.”
Our parents to us: “Go out and play.”

Us to our kids: “Don’t talk to strangers.  Don’t give out personal information on the Internet.  Don’t go with anyone unless they have our secret password.  Don’t eat transfats.  Don’t skateboard without your helmet.”
Our parents to us: “Don’t be late for dinner.”

Us to our kids: “Have you met with your guidance counselor?  Have you finished your early decision apps?  Have you done your essay?  Have you done all those SAT prep tests?  Have you chosen your safe school?”
Our parents to us:  “So what are you doing after high school?”

Us to our kids:  “Be sure to use a condom.”
Our parents to us: “Are you sure he’s the one?”

Us to our kids:  “Are you binge drinking?  Are you using ecstacy?  Are you having unsafe sex?  Are you sexting?  Are you watching Internet porn?  Are you depressed?  Are you anorexic?”
Our parents to us: “Are you hungry?  I could make you something.”

Well, anyway, happy birthday, Mom.  You had it easy.




  1. But your mom can’t read it, cause she doesn’t have a computer! funny anyway!

  2. Haha!

    I think that this entry is hilarious!

    How times have changed! 🙂

  3. LOL. Love the blog Mark. Do you ever sleep? How do you fit blog time into your day? You are amazing!

  4. I’ve read all the blogs and find them immensely entertaining—great job mark, keep going!!

  5. […] Happy Birthday, Mom In honor of his mother’s birthday, Mark Hallen lists some of the differences in how generations worry about their kids. […]

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