The ‘90s were a simpler time, and now that I have a child of my own (and another on the way), I’m cognizant of where my own parents may have had it tougher, and where they may have had it easier. I mean, think about it: this was before baby food in pouches was a thing, and before screen time was even a whisper in moms groups. To illustrate some of the other discrepancies, allow me to present a list of things ‘90s parents said that no parent would say today.
For the record, I’m on the older end of the millennial spectrum, so I was in early elementary school when the glorious decade of the '90s dawned upon us. Of all the gifts my parents have given me in life, a birth that happened early enough that I remember most of that marvelous decade is high on the list. Of course, the earliest of those years are nothing more than cloudy, neon-soaked hazes spent playing with sticky hands at the local skate rink and bobbing my head to Janet Jackson. The latter years, however, were spent clomping around in Doc Martens and bootcut jeans to a soundtrack of the Backstreet Boys and *N Sync. In other words, I cannot and will not complain.
So, with all that in mind and because a healthy dose of nostalgia during these crazy times is necessary, here’s a sampling of some of the things my parents were saying over my shoulder, while I busily applied Bonne Bell lip gloss (I took the shine of my lips seriously as a tween).