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 childhood Christmas memories) when I think back to my childhood, those kind of things aren’t my favourite childhood memories from the 80s and 90s – and I bet yours aren’t either.
My favourite childhood memories from the 80s and 90s were
- Getting to go to the corner shop for a 10p mix-up
- Sunday night baths and getting dry in front of the fire
- Snow days! Playing in deep snow until your toes hurt and coming in and warming up in front of the fire
- 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?!)
- Saturday family nights where we all played a computer game on the Nintendo 64 or Sega Megadrive
- Getting to stay up late after my sister went to bed and have a dance party with my mam
- Christmas! Just everything about it, but mostly the excitement and build up.
- Going to nanas house and eating everything in sight. She loved that I had an appetite and I loved that she was a feeder.
- Playing out round ‘the block’
- Getting to go to blockbusters and choose a video/DVD and popcorn. OMG, the excitement of getting to choose!
- Baking days with my mam – corned beef pie for the win and cake mixture off the spoon
- Kids movies. I was obsessed with the Little Mermaid. She’s still my hair goals.
- 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.
- Feeling safe and feeling like your parents could fix anything
What do you remember about your childhood? I’d love you to share your favourite childhood memories with me in the comments!
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.