10.02.17

Today’s Kids Are Not Yesterday’s Kids by Dale Hudson

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Remember when you were a kid?  Take a trip down memory lane for a minute with me.

In your 70’s or 80’s?  You may remember these from your childhood.

  • Electric train set toys
  • Steel truck toys
  • Chutes and Ladders game
  • All-Star Baseball Game by Cadaco
  • Happy Time Doll Houses
  • Pull Toys
  • Toy Rotary phone
  • Electronic radio player
  • spending lots of time playing outside
  • playing marbles
  • steel wheel roller skates
  • walking downtown unattended by your parents
  • movies had no rating system – it wasn’t needed – Saturday matinee was 10 cents
  • “The Shadow” and “The Green Lantern” on the radio
  • one room school houses
  • working on the family farm

In your 60’s?  Remember these from when you were a kid?

  • Fisher-Price Little People
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Gumby
  • Barbie
  • Hula Hoops
  • Pogo Sticks
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Radio Flyer Wagon
  • View-Master
  • Slinky
  • Cinderella movie
  • Sleeping Beauty movie
  • Peter Pan movie
  • playing Scrabble on a rainy day
  • riding your bicycle to the corner store (without a helmet)
  • television was 3 networks in black and white
  • Howdy Doody Time on television
  • long road trips in the station wagon
  • Leave it to Beaver

In your 50’s?  Do you remember any of these from your childhood?

  • Chatty Cathy doll
  • Wham-O Super Ball
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy Bake Oven
  • Flatsy dolls
  • Big Wheels
  • G.I. Joe
  • Cap guns
  • Crackerjacks
  • Hoppity Hop
  • Nerf balls
  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Twister game
  • Operation game
  • The Sound of Music movie
  • Mary Poppins movie
  • The Jungle Book movie
  • 101 Dalmatians movie
  • The Flinstones
  • Johnny Quest
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Underdog
  • Mister Roger’s Neighborhood
  • Saturday morning cartoons
  • Superman comic books
  • coaches weren’t interested in your comfort or self-esteem

In your 40’s?  These may bring back some childhood memories…

  • Etch-a-Sketch
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Legos
  • Mastermind game
  • Mouse Trap game
  • Tonka trucks
  • Atari 2600 video game system
  • Pong video game
  • Aristocats movie
  • Herbie movie
  • Mork and Mindy
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Six Million Dollar Man
  • What were seat belts?
  • Riding in the back of a flatbed truck
  • Metal slides on the playground
  • Fruit Stripe gum
  • Hawaiian Punch
  • Pet rocks
  • listening to 8-tracks
  • Space Invaders video game
  • Shag carpet
  • Conjunction junction, what’s your function?
  • Rubik’s cube

In your 30’s?  See if these cause any flashbacks…

  • Teddy Ruxpin
  • Fisher-Price Cassette Player
  • Casey the Talking Robot
  • Care Bears
  • Cabbage Patch dolls
  • Garbage Pail Kids cards
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • He-Man and She-Ra
  • Smurfs
  • Pound Puppies
  • Transformers
  • My Little Pony
  • Nintendo NES
  • Mobile phones go on sale and are the size of bricks
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movie
  • Back to the Future movie
  • The Little Mermaid movie
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids
  • The Muppet Show on TV
  • Captain Caveman cartoon
  • Disco music

In your 20’s?  See if these cause any flashbacks…    

  • Pogs
  • Super Soakers
  • Pokemon cards
  • Tickle Me Elmo
  • Spice Girls
  • Gak
  • Furby
  • Beanie Babies
  • Flip phones
  • The Lion King movie
  • Aladdin move
  • Pocahontas movie
  • Toy Story movie
  • A Bug’s Life movie
  • Playstation game system
  • Dreamcast game system
  • Rugrats TV show
  • Blue’s Clues TV shows
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Microsoft Office
  • Desktop home computers
  • Floppy disks
  • VHS tapes from Blockbuster
  • Game Boy handheld video game
  • Furbies
  • dial up internet

 Today’s Kids…

  • iPhones
  • High speed internet
  • Wireless internet
  • 8 second attention span
  • Nintendo Switch video game
  • Social media
  • Wii
  • Xbox One game system
  • PlayStation 4 game system 
  • Most diverse generation in the U.S.
  • iPads
  • Lego Batman movie
  • Zootopia movie
  • Minions movie
  • Nickelodeon channel
  • Disney channel
  • Feature films that are computer n
  • Streaming music 
  • 9/11 and terrorism
  • Cell phone cameras rather than point and shoot digital cameras
  • 92% have a digital footprint
  • Addicted to digital devices
  • Spend an average of 7 hours 38 minutes a day with digital media.
  • Netflix
  • Interact with 5 screens a day
  • Transgender issues
  • Co-inhabiting parents
  • On demand

As you can see, today’s kids are not yesterday’s kids.  We must remember this as we seek to reach and disciple them.

Many children’s ministry leaders make the mistake of trying to teach kids the way they were taught when they were kids.  The problem with this?  Childhood has changed.  Methods that worked when you were a child may not work today.

It is crucial that we stay up-to-date with current child trends and happenings.  Our message doesn’t change, but our methods must change to stay relevant with today’s kids.

We are committed to helping you stay informed and up-to-date with today’s kids.  We feature regular articles that can help you stay connected with today’s kids.  Here are some recent articles about Gen Z.

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