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Parents Share Their "I'm Out Of Touch With Kids" Moments

"No, It's The Children Who Are Wrong."

Every generation goes through it. You're the ones in charge. You're the ones calling the shots. You think the entire world revolves around you. Then, one day, you wake up and hear that some guy named Ninja just made over $100,000 in one day to stream a game called "Fortnite." That's when you realize: You don't know what the heck you're children are talking about. Reddit user, u/G_Bonfanti, wanted to know about those moments when they asked:

Parents of Reddit what was your " wow I'm really out of touch with kids" moment?

I'm Hip With The FacePage

Not me but when I told my wife that our 7 year old boys have discovered the Slenderman, she was like who's that.

My own moment was when I installed Snapchat and opened it up, couldn't figure out which way to swipe or what button to push for first 3 minutes. I'm a software developer.

CrispeeLipss

What's A Doorbell?

My daughter had some friends come over and they sent her a snapchat from the front door to say they were there. And I said to my daughter "oh, is the doorbell not working?" My daughter just gave me this WTF dad look. And I still don't really feel like that was a weird question.

Though I also haven't asked again any of the other times that they've done it.

arandomaccount9

What Is Time To The Young?

Several of my employees not being able to read analog clocks..wtf

Cloopidblorapope

When Did They Add More?

Pokemon.

Pikachu, Charmander, Mew. They all make sense. But now there's eternal space dragons that exist outside of time. What the f-ck is that about.

Swan_Ronson_2018

When Your Music Becomes "Oldies"

I went to a music festival I used to go to as a teenager. I didn't know any of the new bands but everyone was excited like they were the biggest thing ever. I then overheard someone say the Foo Fighters (who were also playing and I was excited to see) was dad rock.

apple_kicks

You Could Just Do It Yourself?

I've only been a parent 2.5 years.

The number of YouTube videos that are just people opening toys is outrageous.

dangrous

But I WANT It Now

I wasn't a parent at the time, but a teacher. I was doing some after-school tutoring for 3-4 students of mine who just didn't give a s*** about their education. One of the students said, "Miss, if we get 35-39%, why can't you just round it up to 40%?" (40% is a pass in my country, and a grade D). I started to lecture him about how "I'm not going to just give you the D, Matthew, you have to earn the D. If you work hard for the D and you earn it, I will gladly give it to you. But if you're not putting in any effort, you're not just going to get the D handed to you on a silver platter." I noticed the appalled/confused/amused look on their faces and didn't understand why. I told this story to my fiancé and his sister (who was about 18 at the time). My fiancé didn't know why they had such a weird reaction either, but his sister just said "please tell me you didn't f***ing say that" and then explained.

aslan-azjo

Memes Are Out Of Touch

There was an ask reddit post on here a few days about how to tell people are over 30. One of the top posts there was about people using outdated memes like Success kid saying "We made it to Friday!". I had just used that the day before.

The next was about using ellipsis to often. I had used one replying to the previous post. So apparently I'm very obviously over 30 online.

asu2009

No, Fortnite Is Just Terrible

I'm not a parent, but an aunt. I've been a gamer my whole life, but the first time I played fortnight with my 7yo nephew I realised how far behind I was. I started it for the first time and it wasn't instinctual - you know when you used to start a new game and just "get" the menus and how to start the game and all that. I had no f-cking clue with fortnight.

Nephew had to guide me through it. What is going on?

Susim-the-Housecat

...So Long As It's Good.

This younger guy came into work one day. He's like early 20's. He was so excited to tell us about this hilarious old movie he watched then night before. "It's about these two rocker guys, Wayne and Garth. It's called WAYNE'S WORLD. Ever heard of this? I think it might be a cult classic or something."

SEND_ME_PLANTS

Are We Going To Talk About The Class?

36 year old guy about to go back to college. At orientation they gave us a link to the class' Facebook group.

After about a week I asked to join. Nothing on there but girls posting pictures like they were models and everyone asking for everyone else's Snap and Insta.

IndyDude11

Sometimes, You Just Gotta Dance

When musical.ly became a craze.... Whenever I'd turn a corner, I'd find either of my daughters (11 & 13) making awkward faces and gestures at their phones, to the squeely sounds of some popsong run thru a smurf-filter.

It was borderline creepy at times, cuz it basically made them look like drunk guys my age trying to soundlessly flirt thru a window.

iBendUover

It's Like Some Cliches Are False

My son's preschool is in the town high school and all I ever see are a bunch of regularly dressed, seemingly well adjusted kids. There aren't any chains, wild piercings, edgelord T shirts, etc.

I've never seen the usual characters one would find in a high school back in my day. There's no guy with a cape, fat gothic girl with a cheap corset, XXXTREME HIM "pentaheart" clad misunderstood miscreants and my f-cking god, nobody smokes.

Just girls wearing sweatshirts, leggings and headbands and guys with jeans/sweatpants, sports hoodies and Timberlands.

liquorlanche

High Key AF

Was on a train with a friend out to her parents house. There were three young kids chatting it up, they must have been seniors in high school or freshmen in college. They were drunk and acting like floozies and one of them says "guys, I am low key drunk right now."

Dude, you aren't low key anything right now. You are shouting everything you say and nothing about what you are saying or doing is low key.

WiredEgo

No, That's Their Name

Couple of months ago a tabloid headline was Selena chooses Bieber over The Weekend.

I took this as who she chose to spend her Fri, Sat, and Sun with. I broke down and read the thing and was really confused until I found a picture of a rapper named The Weekend.

I've never felt every day of over 30 as when I realized it was a person and not a series of days.

ILike_314

Seriously, Fortnite Is Trash

What's a Fortnite

Serious question guys... I'm, im lost

JohnCena127

But, It's A Classic!

The new guy at work who's late 20s had never heard of Coming To America.

Tokugawa

Why You Little!

When I identified more with Homer than Bart

noob_almost

...Who?

When they announced xxxtenacion died all over Facebook... and I'm just sitting here like who even is that???

lydiaminor

Turning Tragedy Into Prospects Over...Who?

When Avicii passed away, I was at the hospital working and my daughter called me. She was crying real bad so I was worried and I asked her what happened. She was crying so bad, she couldn't talk but she managed to say "He died." Now, that got me all worried because I was thinking of my son when she said he. I asked who he was. Then she said that it was Avicii. I said "Avicii who?" "The singer Avicii dad!" She said. "I'm sorry honey, what is going to cheer you up?" I asked her.

"Well, if you can get me Fifa 18 for my PS4, I'd appreciate it." She said.

She hung up.

kevincmeyers

When Kids Learn From Your Mistakes

Seeing how cliques aren't as big of a deal and aren't as rigid as they were when I was in school.

My son is a multi sport athlete and competes on the math team. The overlap of athletes who are also on an academic team surprised me. There were 9 kids on the math team this year and 8 of them play sports. The majority of the honor society is made up of various athletes as well.

I'm in my 50s and this was not the case when I was a kid. The groups seem to be merging more. My kids thought The Breakfast Club was so unrealistic because they say the groups aren't that defined.

Mannings4head

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While we still have a long way to go before we can find out what's next for June/Offred in the Republic of Gilead, we can, at the very least, regale you with some cool facts about one of the most enduring stories of the last three decades.

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The trailer lampoons former President Ronald Regan's 1984 "Morning in America" political campaign television commercial.

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Margaret Atwood's Follow-Up Will Be Released Later This Year

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This literary device keeps with the metafictional epilogue that follows Offred's story in the original novel. The novel ends much in the way Season 1 ends: with Offred entering the van at Nick's insistence. The epilogue explains how the events of the novel were recorded onto cassette tapes after the beginning of what scholars have come to describe as "The Gilead Period." An interview with a noted academic implies that a more equitable society, one with full rights for women and freedom of religion restored, emerged following the collapse of the Republic of Gilead.

Serena Joy Waterford Is Likely Based On A Noted Conservative Activist

As the series goes on, we learn more about Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) and her beginnings.

Serena was a conservative activist who, along with her husband Fred, spearheaded the Puritan movement that ultimately gave rise to Gilead. Inspired by women whom she perceives to have "abandoned" their families in the name of female autonomy, Serena Joy delivers impassioned speeches at venues around the nation calling for policies that would place women back in the home. She even wrote a bestselling book, A Woman's Place, that served as the vessel for much of her conservative dogma and inspired many of the Commander's Wives who become her friends and neighbors.

Serena was likely based on conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, who established herself over many years as one of the fiercest antifeminist and anti-abortion advocates in the United States. Schlafly was also a vociferous opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, which she considered an attack against traditional gender roles.

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Pinter told his biographer years later [as quoted in Harold Printer, p. 304] that:

It became … a hotchpotch. The whole thing fell between several shoots. I worked with Karel Reisz on it for about a year. There are big public scenes in the story and Karel wanted to do them with thousands of people. The film company wouldn't sanction that so he withdrew. At which point Volker Schlondorff came into it as director. He wanted to work with me on the script, but I said I was absolutely exhausted. I more or less said, 'Do what you like. There's the script. Why not go back to the original author if you want to fiddle about?' He did go to the original author. And then the actors came into it. I left my name on the film because there was enough there to warrant it—just about. But it's not mine'.

Star Natasha Richardson reportedly felt "cast adrift" when much of Offred's interior monologue was sacrificed as a result of cuts made to the screenplay.

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Pray God you can cope
I'll stand outside
This woman's work
This woman's world
Ooooh it's hard on a man
Now his part is over
Now starts the craft of the FatherI
know you've got a little life in you left
I know you've got a lot of strength left
I know you've got a little life in you yet
I know you've got a lot of strength left
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I should be hoping but I can't stop thinking
All the things we should've said that I never said
All the things we should have done that we never did
All the things we should have given but I didn't
Oh darling make it go
Make it go away
















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