Kids these days. Theyâ€™ve got it good.
Not only can they watch a million HD channels showing all sorts of kids shows anytime they want, but they also donâ€™t know a world without DVRs, when you couldnâ€™t just blow through boring commercials.
iPad games are free, plentiful and awesome (as proven my 7-year-old's reaction to seeing what Intellivision games looked like via YouTube: "Where are their faces, Daddy?"), and FaceTime means that video chatting with loved ones far away is literally childâ€™s play.
But hey, not everything sucked when we were kids. I know this because my daughter plays with a bunch of the toys my parents saved from my childhood. As the new "Star Wars" opens this weekend, Iâ€™m reminded that we grew up in the golden age of action figures. Before video games and technology turned them into something else.
My Millennium Falcon didnâ€™t need any batteries to be the coolest toy I owned (I wish I still had it, too).
Itâ€™s the continuing relevance of these toys that makes me think that us â€˜70s and â€˜80s kids were on to something. Think about it: I never played with my parentsâ€™ old toys, whatever they were. Maybe metal guns and Howdy Doody dolls? I simply had no interest.
But for all the "Frozen" dolls, Sofia the First swag, Shopkins and many, many other brands of toys I barely understand, my daughter also includes my old action figures, Hot Wheels and my wifeâ€™s Smurfs into her play repertoire. That includes embracing our movies, too: Weâ€™ve watched all the "Star Wars," but also "Back To The Future" and "Pee Weeâ€™s Big Adventure" and tons of "Superfriends" and "Scooby Doo."
All this somehow makes me feel not so old.
It also gives me, as a parent, a chance to relive my own childhood and to see toys that have been stored away for more than 35 years come back to action in new, creative ways. I remember how I played with the General Lee Matchbox car and Han Solo from the planet Hoth. Itâ€™s cool to see another little person reimagine …Read more...