You Know You’re Old When…

  • Your child hears the YMCA skit in the new Despicable Me movie and shouts out “Mummy! It’s” because she has NO IDEA it’s actually a song.
  • You watch your child stare at a can of Coke with a removable ring-pull for several minutes before giving up and handing it to you, saying, “I don’t know how to do these old-fashioned ones.” 
  • You wish they’d stop inventing new phones long enough for you to learn to actually use the one you already own.
  • You explain to your child that Roald Dahl was your age when you were a child and they reply, “Oh, does that mean he was a Victorian?” 
  • You read a thread about teenage slang and realise you can’t get away with using a single one of the examples without looking ridiculous.
  • Your child sings a song about Marylin Monroe. Ten minutes later she says, “Who’s Mary Money-Row?” 
  • You get into a 20 minute argument over the existence of black and white television. You resort to using YouTube to win the argument.
  • You respond to 50% of your child’s questions about how this or that technology works with an answer that involves the words “magic” and “pixies”.
  • The idea that you are older than Disneyland Paris prompts a “SERIOUSLY?” so incredulous that it’s borderline insulting.
  • Your child no longer wants a nap, but you’d KILL for one.



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.


  1. Purplemum
    26th June 2013 / 6:00 am

    Your children find a cassette tape in your memories box and don’t know what it is!

    • 30th June 2013 / 10:28 pm

      Oh yes, we’ve had that one!

  2. 26th June 2013 / 6:08 am

    A 12yo friend of ours was fiddling with the old toy dial telephone on wheels with a chord to pull it with. She examines the dial and then asks, “Did these actually work? How?”

    The other thing I noticed is that DD, who can’t read yet, tells me what to click on to get to You Tube clips she wants to watch. I’ve never shown her how it works. I thought maybe it was built-in to brains born this side of 2000. Then I saw a computer at kindergarten that they can choose to sit round in groups and they learn from each other. We had one doll that said ‘Mama’ when I was at K and all the girls fought over it.
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    • 30th June 2013 / 10:28 pm

      haha! Flea is fascinated by phones with dials, too.

    • 30th June 2013 / 10:28 pm

      Napping is a sign of youth. Right? Right?

  3. 26th June 2013 / 8:00 am

    But it is magic and pixies isn’t it 😛

    • 30th June 2013 / 10:28 pm

      Yes. Yes it is. And nobody can tell me otherwise.

  4. Nikki
    26th June 2013 / 10:16 am

    We added, “we’re older than the internet” and the kids were like “Woah….” Scary.

    • 30th June 2013 / 10:28 pm

      That is a proper mind-mess.

  5. Anna Ellam
    26th June 2013 / 10:32 am

    I remember my mum taking me to see Carmen (the opera) when I was about 10 (silly idea!) She was mortified when I recognised one of the pieces of music as the peanut butter advert. Never took me to an opera again (thank goodness)

    • 30th June 2013 / 10:29 pm

      hahaha! Gotta love kids for letting you never enjoy high culture the same way.

  6. 26th June 2013 / 1:05 pm

    I tried to explain I trained on a “manual” typewriter, try to explain “manual” anything!

    • 30th June 2013 / 10:29 pm

      God, yes. It occurs to me Flea will never know what Tipp-Ex is.

  7. TheBoyandMe
    26th June 2013 / 9:02 pm

    The Boy has gone from having a nap most days to barely having one or two a week, all in the past five weeks; I could sob! We also played a game earlier featuring a drawn picture of a flip mobile phone and he didn’t know what it was.

    • 30th June 2013 / 10:29 pm

      Flea stopped at 22 months. Count your blessings 🙂

  8. Andrea @ love and cake
    28th June 2013 / 10:24 pm

    When your 2 year old leanrs to use an iphone quicker than you!

    • 30th June 2013 / 10:29 pm

      Everyone learns faster than me. *cry*

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