Duplicating My Childhood

 

Most parents at some point realize that the “it’s just a phase” platitude loses it’s effectiveness when they realize that this particular phase is inevitably followed by one just as annoying. As true as this is, there are some some trade offs that really do make things easier, or at least easier to tolerate. One of the biggest milestones that I’ve come to appreciate is my daughter’s ability to amuse and feed herself for at least an extra hour or two in the mornings where we don’t have to be up for school. I never know exactly what I will find when I head downstairs, but more often than not it’s exactly what I would have been doing at her age.

Last Saturday I came downstairs to find her seated cross legged, much too close to the television, mouth agape.

“What are you watching?’

“I don’t know, but it’s awesome! Its about this guy called The Doctor and he travels through time and outer space fighting aliens and robots!”

“Oh, Doctor Who. Pretty cool stuff.”

“I don’t know his name, I don’t think they said.”

“No, his name is Doctor Who.”

“I just told you I don’t know his name!”

 

I gave up, made myself a coffee and sat down next to her, watching the next two episodes of the mini-marathon and enjoying our cereal. Too cold for me to go outside any more than necessary, we spent the afternoon playing with our “Barbies.” Before bed we read some more from the collection of Batman stories that Santa brought us this year.

 

passing it on

 

Also under our tree was a copy of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”, my favorite book when I was her age. After opening her gifts the teenager and her Nirvana sweatshirt went back upstairs to watch either The Outsiders, Stand By Me or one of the other films from my DVD collection that she has now seen approximately seventy times each.

 

I had a very happy, very stable childhood, if somewhat on the nerdy side. It’s something that I now appreciate more than ever and I’ve tried everything in my power to ensure that my girls are able to look back and say the same. If sometimes I’m a bit too literal in my attempts to duplicate what I had, that’s an issue to think about another day. Right now we have a movie to watch.

Any guesses on which one?

 

passing it on

 

 

 

49 thoughts on “Duplicating My Childhood”

  1. I like sharing a lot of the things from my childhood with my kids, too. Lately we’ve been exploring movies like The Land Before Time and Fievel Goes West. When they’re a little older, I’m going to introduce them to The Hobbit — the first book I remember reading.

  2. The day my oldest quoted The Princess Bride in casual conversation I nearly cried I was so happy (he spent a lot of his younger teen years denying any resemblance, physical or otherwise, to either of his parents, so this was huge). I celebrate our mutual love of Harry Potter, ice cream, and cat memes, and grit my teeth through their offensive music choices (‘music’ is a generous term) and general disdain for insight from adults who -gasp! – actually have made it far into the world without having to rely on the so-called wisdom of snarky teens.

    I have one pre-teen left, and can’t decide whether I’m ‘ready’ or ‘resigned’ for what’s to come. Send coffee and earplugs.

  3. My son loves the Van Morrison, the original BBC version of Naria (how I scored those videotapes back in the 90’s, I don’t even remember) and Star Wars. Even as a teenager and then young adult, he only wanted to see the openings of the Harry Potter movies with his mother, not his friends or even girlfriend. I love that I was able to imprint myself on him in this way.

    1. Very cool. I’ve got those VHS versions too, they were a Christmas present for the now 18 year old when she was about her little sister’s age.

  4. I had a dream last night that my kiddo was four-years-old again (he’s eight now). For a moment I was delighted because that four-year-old face is just so very cute. But, when I woke up I realized how happy I was, just like you, that my guy is becoming more and more independent, able to share his likes and dislikes with me and “play” in totally different ways. Maybe he’s a little less cuddle-y but he’s becoming more interesting and complex. It’s a trade off to be sure. But, the journey is so much fun.

    1. Your last sentence nails it Angela. Its fascinating watching them turn into their own little people, but also tons of fun.

  5. I love weaving things we loved from our childhood into our kids’ lives! We got Tony an old school Atari for Christmas, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. LOL.
    Happy New Year!

  6. I’m really looking forward to sharing my favourite books and films with my daughter…unfortunately we’re still at the Paw Patrol/Peppa Pig stage 🙁 #FridayFrolics

  7. I’ve been trying to hard to think of all the movies I enjoyed as a pre-teen/ teen to share with my three boys and it’s been so fun watching these movies again with them. For the most part they really enjoy the movies I suggest too.

    1. My 18 year old got a bit obsessed with them for a while. I had to break it to her that River Pheonix had been dead longer than she had been alive

  8. I love the idea of sharing the things I loved from my past. Sometimes my girls enjoy them, and sometimes not. They are a bit young yet for some things, but it’s great fun watching them discover something, then telling them I did the same as a child!
    ~Jess
    #FamilyFun

  9. I share a lot of things with my kids too. Both of my boys love the Back to the Future movies. Those movies actually get both of them in the same room with me and they will actually sit down with me and watch them lol. I have also shared my love of horror movies to my youngest, who gets it honest because the love of horror movies runs in the family and well, my youngest is just a mini version of me:) Oh and I LOVED Where the Wild Things Are when I was a kid. I even bought the book when my boys were young and read it to them a thousand times. It still sits on my book shelf. #FamilyFunLinky

    1. I’ve been surprised by ow many of them I’ve really enjoyed re-watching. Ones like The Outsiders that I hadn’t seen in years

  10. I love this ! As mine have gotten older they’re a bit more receptive to my TV and movie selections!! The teenagers are also becoming pretty good at suggesting things I will like too. I just don’t think the eldest will be happy until he has me watching all the Star Wars movies though,I fear resistance is futile! #familyfunlinky

  11. The girls haven’t seen Dr who but I grew up watching it so maybe soon they will see it, love that conversation dr who I don’t know that made me giggle fab post as always Jeremy Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  12. Aw I love this post! I love introducing things from my childhood to my son, so far we go to the cottage in Whitby that I went to as a child and he’s watched Bedknobs and Broomsticks which is a classic from my early days. I can’t wait till my daughter is older and I can show her Dirty Dancing and my other favourite chick flicks. Oh and reading Harry Potter to them both ☺️ #KCACOLS

    1. I should have talked more about places we’ve been that I enjoyed as a child. Just as big a part of it. Thanks for reading Becky

  13. While my childhood was neither stable nor particularly happy at times there are definitely things I want to replicate. Mostly geeky things too. #kcacols

  14. I share things with my kids all the time from when I was a kid. I have to, as I am reliving it with them! They love the Beatles, Stuart Little, Wonder Woman… Wouldn’t have it any other way!
    #familyfunlinky

  15. I love sharing things from my childhood and adolescence with my teenage son. Occasionally we get a roll of the eyes, (like the time I showed him a cassette tape!), but most of the time he loves it!
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time 🙂

    1. that’s awesome. I wish I had kept more of my stuff, I feel like I’m buying many of the same things for my daughter

  16. I have fond memories of watching loads of Disney Movies with my younger sister and cannot wait to watch some of my favourites with my Son when he is old enough to grasp the concept. Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  17. I think it’s just a huge compliment to our parents, when we want to replicate our own childhoods with our children! I love watching my children grow, and seeing the parts of them that they get from me and the parts that are so many other people in our family, all coming together to make them their own unique people. x #KCACOLS

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