We turned out okay…right?

One of the most popular stories in the news right now has to do with professional football players and disciplining their children.

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It’s been a while since we have had to discipline anyone besides maybe ourselves from eating that second piece of cake. But, since we are full of wisdom these days, we want everyone to know that we were possibly spanked, or at least, chased around by our mother waving a wooden spoon or belt, and turned out okay.

To many of us, there is a difference between what we hear may have happened to the children of these football players and a quick tap on a fully clothed behind. Whether or not any of this is good parenting is a personal and societal discussion. There is also the thought that showing any kind of violence as part of discipline is counter-productive and bad parenting.

I saw a discussion on Facebook yesterday where my local TV station asked if spanking is okay.
Just about everyone responding responded “yes” while quite a few mid-life people stated that they were spanked and turned out okay?

We turned out okay…right?

Just how do you define “okay” anyway?

Sometimes we say “I turned out okay” because it is the first thing that comes to mind and since it has worked in the past, it sounds like it would work in this instance.

The good news is that there have been changes in parenting since we were at that spankable age.

Parents have found options to take before they reach for that wooden spoon or belt.
Time-outs, extra chores, and loss of allowance money can work well when it comes to disciplining.

Society has changed as well.
If you ‘disciplined’ your child with an electric cord and left scars as a result, chances are that someone would see this and report you to the authorities for child abuse.

Will children who are disciplined according to today’s standards turn out okay?

Well, we did, right?

5 Things In Your Closet That Scream BOOMER

By the time you hit 50 years of age,  you’ve seen it all, lived through it all, and worn it all.

We’ve seen things come and go so many times that we just hold on to them to save the trip to the store on the next return. Why risk paying more for something that may not be made as well- right?


On the other hand, there are some clothing trends that we can live without revisiting in the future. These are the items that we gladly hand on down to our children so they can call them ‘vintage’. For some reason, anything ‘vintage’ is always in style.

There are something we won’t ever get rid of and, usually it’s for a good reason. So we keep these things in our closet- often hidden in a box or stowed behind something else.


 5 Things In Your Closet That Scream BOOMER

Admit it, you possibly have one of these….

1. The jeans that fit, or once fit.

We grew up in an era where you owned one, maybe two, kinds of denim jeans. You just wore them. There was no push to update the cut or style of our jeans on a back-to-school yearly basis. And besides, why waste money on new jeans that may not even fit as well? So, we just hold on to what has worked because that is what we know.

2. The fanny pack.

These handy items made so much sense that we wore them everywhere. Then one day some generation x kids started to make fun of them so we had to quit wearing them. Fanny packs make so much sense that we just like to have them around just in case.

3. The first revival of something.

You know how fashion tends to repeat itself. We got rid of whatever it was the first time it went out of style. Then, when it came back the second time we realized that it cost a lot more than the first time we bought it and that there was really nothing wrong with it in the first place. So, we save it for the third and fourth revivals.


4. Concert Tee Shirt

Younger generations just don’t get how important those concerts were to us while we were growing up. We were young and independent when we went to a concert for $10 a ticket to see our favorite groups perform. If it was an outdoor concert, we felt a bit of Woodstock tingle our skin. All we have left now of course is the t shirt that we brought home with us.

5. Things to help us think we are younger than we really are.

We do this to keep the illusion fresh in our minds. These things include shoe inserts, spanx-like items and and cover-ups such as big shirts. We wear the cover-ups to hide our bellies or whatever else needs covering. If we aren’t looking at or feeling the pains of aging  then they must really not be there. Right?


Are you screaming?