If you want to feel old as a parent, start talking to your child about what it was like when you were growing up. After you get by the giggles and puzzled looks on what a pet rock was, you find out that over the past forty plus years, some things have changed for the better and some for the worse. There is so much to reminisce about with my child about the difference in the time she is growing up in compared to my time, but I am going to limit it to two of the differences that made us both laugh when we talked.

Growing up in my day, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, our television viewing was limited to about five stations because cable television did not come in until the middle of the 1970s. During this time, our viewing was limited to the three networks of CBS, NBC, and ABC, and we were fortunate enough to live close to New York city that when the weather was right wecould also get WPIX and WNEW. We had an old black and white television in the late 60s and then were lucky enough to get a color television in about 1972. Not that the switch from black and white to color made all that much of a difference since the reception of the broadcast was still through an antenna on the roof, but at least we had color. Saturday mornings were the favorite time to watch television, cartoons from early morning until about noon. While I could only watch five stations growing up, my child has about 800 channels for the choosing. She has a choice to watch a news station, music station, a cartoon station, sports channels, and the list goes on and on. Imagine that, she has a multitude of choice while during my time the choice was whatever the station was broadcasting. My daughter does not even know what an antenna on a roof looks like since cable television is all she has experienced. My old black and white has been replaced with a digital high definition television where the reception is so crystal clear that if looks like the people on the screen ar…

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