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20 Differences Between Your Mom and You As a Mom

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There are more than just decades that separate us from our moms. Raising kids in 2016 requires a different approach than our moms took back in the rollicking, wholly unregulated 1980s and '90s. Now, not only do we have to deal with a never-ending number of cable channels from which to choose shows, but we must also find ways of preventing tween daughters from choosing leggings in every manner of animal stripes and spots imaginable.

Let's not even get into "the responsible thing to do," learning every new social media platform before letting our kids get started on any of them.

Here are 20 ways 2016 moms have to parent their kids vs. the way our moms parented us.

1. Your mom: Time for breakfast! Who wants Count Chocula?

You: Time for breakfast! Who wants Chobani Greek Yogurt?

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2. Your mom: Oh no, we're out of Wite-Out!

You: Dammit, the printer's out of ink.

3. Your mom: Let's give each kid from your birthday party a piece of cake to take home.

You: How many pieces of candy and little plastic toys can we cram into the goody bag?

4. Your mom: When do report cards come out?

You: I'm down to checking your online grades just three times a day.

5. Your mom: Lights out after "The Love Boat!"

You: Lights out after "The Voice!"

Your mom: Please pick up a roll of film at the drugstore.
You: Please delete your 300 selfies so there's room for our vacation pictures.

6. Your mom: I don't care if you advanced to the next level where Pac-Man finally meets Ms. Pac-Man. Quit taking my quarters.

You: Today Minecraft, tomorrow your own tech firm! Do we need to download updates?

7. Your mom: Your paper's due tomorrow—thank goodness for our set of Encyclopedia Britannica.

You: Hang on, let me Google that.

8. Your mom: You got mail from your pen pal in Sweden.

You: Your friend who lives next door is FaceTiming you!

9. Your mom: You're too young to watch "The Breakfast Club"!

You: Common Sense Media says you're too young for 'The Hunger Games.' Don't tell your Dad we're watching it.

10. Your mom: The power's out. Where's the flashlight?

You: The power's out. How do you work this flashlight app?

11. Your mom: Want to play Frogger?

You: How do I get to level 35 in Candy Crush?

12. Your mom: It's TV-dinner night — salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and a warm brownie.

You: Microwave pizza and microwave popcorn's ready!

13. Your mom: Don't forget your lunch.

You: Don't forget your cell phone, tablet, your math binder and therapy appointment!

Your mom: Must-see TV Thursday!
You: Who watched "Homeland" without me?

14. Your mom: Why don't you call Grandma?

You: Grandma's Skyping.

15. Your mom: Let's look up that tricky word in the dictionary.

You: Ask Siri what it means.

16. Your mom: How about a gift card to The Gap for your birthday?

You: Zebra-striped leggings are on sale at Justice.

17. Your mom: Please pick up a roll of film at the drugstore.

You: Please delete your 300 selfies so there's room for our vacation pictures.

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18. Your mom: Let's order some appetizers!

You: Let's download new apps!

19. Your mom: Must-see TV Thursday!

You: Who watched "Homeland" without me?

20. Your mom: Yay! You got into Harvard!

You: Smiling tears of joy emoji.

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