13 Things My Teenager Has That I Didn’t

It’s a big week in our house this week.   Our oldest turned 13.  Yep. We have a teenager in the house!  She’s excited and this Dad is starting to get nervous.

We’re only a year away from her learning to drive.  Boys and dating probably aren’t too far off.

Rather than focus on things that are bound to give me a headache I thought it would be fun to focus on how different her life is at 13 than mine was.  We talked about it over breakfast today and came up with a list.

So here are 13 things my daughter has at 13 that I didn’t:

1.  The internet.  No Google for me.  If we wanted to know something we had to ask someone or go to the library to look it up.

2.  A laptop.  She’s lucky enough to be in a school were every student is given a laptop to use.  We had a Commodore 64 growing up although I don’t remember using it much.

3.  A Cellphone/Text Messaging.  I was in my twenties when I got my first cellphone. She got hers a few years ago when we got rid of our landline.  I did have a phone in my room but it wasn’t a teen line.

4.  Netflix.  Many of her favorite shows are ready for watching whenever she is.

5.  DVD players.  Closest I had was a VCR.  The first one had a corded remote.  It was awesome.

6.  Starbucks.  She’s a big fan of their hot chocolate and is starting to like their flavored lattes.  I had Swiss Miss drink packets.

7.  Amazon.com She has access to an internet superstore.  I had Wal-mart, JC Penney’s, and Sears.

8.  The ability to dance.  She’s a natural.  Me? Not so much!  She must have gotten that skill from her mother.

9.  An Ipod.  She’s got her entire music library in the palm of her hand. I had a Walkman with a 70 minute mix tape.

10.  YouTube & Chromecast.  This is how she watches music videos.  She gets to pick the ones she wants to watch.  I had MTV and got to watch whatever videos they wanted me to see.

11.  Pinterest.  She has several virtual bulletin boards.  I had an actual one in my room growing up.

12. Reality Television.  It was all Dukes of Hazzard and A-Team for me.  She has Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol.

13.  Facebook.  I’m glad I didn’t have this one when I was 13.

What did I miss?  Anything else you would add to the list?

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