Perhaps my fellow millennials can relate to the struggle of having ties to both '80s and '90s pop culture. Technically, I was born in the '80s, and I have some memories of the most neon decade of all time. However, since I was so young, I also have to admit that some of my frame of reference comes from movies and music. And what an amazing collection we have to pick from, right? I mean, movies from the '80s are arguably some of the greatest movies of all time.* It’s no wonder that we can look to them for a variety of lessons, knowledge, and answers to some of life’s greatest questions, like, “What might happen when a bunch of teenagers have Saturday detention together?” and “What happens if a hotshot Naval Aviator gets into an elite training school?” and “What happens if an eccentric scientist and a quirky high school student travel back in time to when aforementioned high school student’s parents were teenagers?” Ya know, the important questions.
Now that I’m technically an adult and a parent, complete with adult and parent responsibilities, the time I have to enjoy some of my favorite films of yore is sadly limited. However, it’s my total and complete pleasure to be able to say that not all '80s movie viewing is for naught. In fact, some of it may even help your parenting skills. Allow me to share just how that may be: