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As more of us go wireless, the number of households without a landline is growing each year. A new study shows it's not just the young and single who are cell phone only -- 4 in 10 households with children ages 3 and younger don't have a landline.
We're one of those households, although I keep meaning to get a landline hooked up in case of an emergency. As I tried to teach my 4-year-old how to dial 911 on my BlackBerry, I realized the challenges of not only not having a landline, but how many other things she will never have. Sure, those toxic toys of yore are better left behind, but I'm bummed that she'll miss out on some aspects of childhood that I had.
If your child was born in this century, chances are he won't know what these things are either:
1. Saturday Morning Cartoons
In addition to the 24/7 kids programming, our DVR captures shows my kids want to watch, when they want to watch it. Try explaining to a 4-year-old that they can't watch Yo Gabba Gabba because it's not on right now. Blank stares all around.
2. Trophies for Achievements
My daughter came home with her first ribbon after a Halloween costume contest. Did she win? No. They gave out ribbons to everyone before they even announced the winners. Her ribbon says "participant" and she hangs it proudly in her bedroom.
3. Empty Lots
We always could find an empty lot to play in when I was growing up. While the depressed housing market may have some unfinished properties in your neighborhood, no kid would dare wander in and make it his own. Mostly because, you, as a parent, wouldn't let him out of your sight.
4. Front Seat Views
In addition to the recommendation that your kid be in a booster seat until she's 12 (or a large 8-year-old), can you imagine then suddenly putting your child in the front seat before she reaches adult-size? No more fighting between the siblings for the front seat, but also no more hanging with mom or dad in the front.
With SPF 5,000 and all of the sun-proof bathing suits, hats, and other precautions -- it's likely this generation will have the lowest rates of skin cancer yet. Also, zero experience in the thrill of peeling off strips of your skin.
What else will our kids never know about?
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