The '90s was the bomb diggity. It was a time of dope phrases
(see the first sentence), comfortable fashion and the beginning of the World
Wide Web. Growing up in the '90s, we weren't glued to our iPads or busy
Snapchatting our friends. No, we were doing other things like getting our hair
cut like Rachel and then shopping for more flannel while we listened to
Smashing Pumpkins on our Sony Walkman portable CD players. And we were also
watching really great TV shows.
Now, as I'm all grown up with kids of my
own, I realize that many of my favorite shows from that decade taught some
pretty valuable lessons in parenting.
Aunt Viv went from high school drop out to well-respected
professor. Uncle Phil witnessed the turmoil and hardships of the Civil Rights
Movement as an activist and worked his way to being a judge. It doesn't matter
whether you're from the streets of West Philly or a wealthy suburb of Los
Angeles, you have the ability to be great and do great things.
6. Do all you can to
give your kids a childhood full of happy memories
Kevin Arnold said in one of his narrative musings, "Growing
up happens in a heartbeat. One day you're in diapers, the next day you're gone.
But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a
place, a town, a house like other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards, on
a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back, with wonder."
Celebrate being unique! Remember when Steve tampered with his DNA using a serum called "Boss Sauce" and created the cooler, smoother alter-ego Stefan Urquelle in hopes of winning Laura's heart? Laura chose Steve, in all his nerdiness, for who he really was in the end.