"When I try and objectively compare kids nowadays and kids form my era a bit later and a lot before, I see that in comparison kids from today may be cute, but they’re wanting. They have less drive, aren’t as creative and although they’re smarter, they’re not so adept at having fun as children from past generations.
Baseline, if you look at what makes a kid a kid, then you can put up a list like this one:
THINGS THAT MAKE A KID A KID
1. Toys that went with you everywhere
2. A body made of 23% sugar
3. Playing outside
4. Imagining a jungle gym was a spaceship
5. A moldy granny you were forced to kiss on the cheek even if she smelled like cabbage and moth balls
6. A relative that gave you awesome toys every Christmas that would annoy your parents to no end
7. Velcro sneakers
8. An inability to color coordinate your clothing, what we insisted was our style
9. A squeaky voice we swore was a lot deeper than what we heard on video
10. Saturday Morning Cartoons"
....I also remember my imagination taking me to places unknown to man. That wasn’t a jungle gym. It was a fucking spaceship and a sweet one at that. That wasn’t a slide; it was the unstairway to the underworld. It wasn’t a stick, it was a samurai sword. "
Joker over at WAS wrote a really enteraining (albeit true as all hell) post about what made kids, kids back in the day...as oppose to the mindless video game rompers of today. Imagination, knee scabs, sugar, saturday morning cartoon schedule and grandma love. Check it out. It'll take you back....atleast for 5 minutes.