My favourite memories of childhood pleasures in the 80s and 90s

My favourite memories of childhood pleasures in the 80s and 90s

With the proliferation of social media now, there is often so much pressure on parents these days to live the picture-perfect Pinterest life. Especially when it comes to school holidays! To live your best life on Instagram, with the perfect interiors, taking your kids to National Trust properties and holidays abroad. You can feel really guilty if you don’t get your kids out constantly to have rich and fulfilling experiences. But (as I mentioned in my post on my Christmas childhood memories) when I think back to my childhood, those kind of things aren’t my favourite memories of growing up in the 80s/90s – and I bet yours aren’t either.

Favourite memories of childhood pleasures - memories of growing up in the 80s/90s
It was all about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the 90s

My favourite things as a kid were…

  1. Getting to go to the corner shop for a 10p mix-up
  2. Sunday night baths and getting dry in front of the fire
  3. Snow days! Playing in deep snow until your toes hurt and coming in and warming up in front of the fire
  4. Cold rainy days where we pulled the couch in front of the fire and all cuddled up in front of the tv (lots of fire-related memories here, do I need to get a fire?!)
  5. Saturday family nights where we all played a computer game on the Nintendo 64 or Sega Megadrive
  6. Getting to stay up late after my sister went to bed and have a dance party with my mam
  7. Christmas! Just everything about it, but mostly the excitement and build up.
  8. Going to nanas house and eating everything in sight. She loved that I had an appetite and I loved that she was a feeder.
  9. Playing out round ‘the block’
  10. Getting to go to blockbusters and choose a video/DVD and popcorn. OMG, the excitement of getting to choose!
  11. Baking days with my mam – corned beef pie for the win and cake mixture off the spoon
  12. Kids movies. I was obsessed with the Little Mermaid. She’s still my hair goals.
  13. Impromptu last minute staycations. Sometimes my mam would declare we were packing the car on a Friday night and we’d all go to stay with friends or family somewhere ‘down south’. It was all very exciting and unexpected. 
  14. Feeling safe and feeling like your parents could fix anything 
Favourite memories of childhood pleasures - memories of growing up in the 80s/90s
My sister and I aged 16 and 14 on holiday in Wales, summer 1999.

What do you remember about your childhood? I’d love you to share your favourite childhood memories with me in the comments!

Favourite memories of childhood pleasures - memories of growing up in the 80s/90s
Teddy Ruxpin was LIFE in the 80s
My favourite memories of childhood pleasures in the 80s and 90s

Disclaimer: I want to acknowledge that this post comes from a place of privilege. I had a fortunate childhood with loving parents and a home free from extreme poverty, violence or fear. It’s a privilege to get to look back on your childhood fondly and I’m so grateful for that.

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4 Comments

  1. Lynn
    February 7, 2020 / 20:51

    We had soooo much fun and we would do it all again in a blink of an eye. We loved every second of it. We love u both VERY much…….and now we get to do it all over again with our grandchildren 😀❤😘x

  2. February 12, 2020 / 20:57

    I used to LOVE going to the video shop and hiring a film at the weekend! Remember when you had your heart set on one but then you couldn’t get it because there was a little ticket in the case to say that someone else had it – GRRRRR! Night ruined!

    I would spend an entire day nagging and nagging my Mum to let us go to the shop and rent a film for the evening, it was the best feeling in the world when she said yes!

    • February 21, 2020 / 14:07

      OMG I forgot all about the ticket. YES!

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