Being a Xennial Parent

| September 5, 2018 | 2 Comments

I’m apparently of the “Xennial” micro-generation (Finally, I’ve felt so lost without a designation for years), which means that I was born in the late-70s-early-80s range. Not quite Gen X, not quite Millennial. We grew up with an analog childhood and a digital adulthood (Atari and Super Mario Bros doesn’t count, I guess? Pfft). It’s true, I suppose; I didn’t get an e-mail account until I was in university. My teenage life was free of ICQ and Instagram.

So, being the nostalgia fiend that I am, I sometimes I like to blow my kids’ minds with stories of life back in Stranger Things times: Home phone lines! No Googling! Cameras with no view screen and 24-exposure film and photo counters! Renting movies from an actual store! Having to rent a giant camcorder from Ron’s TV and Video once a year to record home movies!

And how about: Having to plan ahead to watch a show “when it’s on”!

In our house, we don’t have cable (I know it still exists), so the kids don’t know what it’s like to come home on Friday afternoon and know your choice of after-school show is The Monchhichis or nothing. The kids are only used to YouTube and Netflix, and all the choice and instant gratification that comes with it, they had a bit of a culture shock when we stayed at a hotel with old-fashioned cable TV:


Being a Xennial Parent

Cartoon of a mother talking to her sons

The humanity. At least it wasn’t the Monchhichis, but I’m sure they wonder how we managed.

Janet , Cartoon-Coloured Glasses

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Calvin says:

    Didn’t really know this term until now

  2. kathy downey says:

    Cable is not what it’s cracked up to be anyway,reading is so much better!

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