Growing up as a kid in the ’90s was much different than it is for kids in modern times. For many of us whose parents couldn’t afford a good nanny or babysitter, we were forced to watch ourselves sometimes.
Leaving a young child unattended in present times is very much frowned upon by society, and could bring offending parents a host of legal problems. But for many kids who grew up in the 1980s and ’90s, staying at home alone without a babysitter, was a sort of secret norm.
My generation never had babysitters. Our parents jus told us to lock the door and don’t open it for nobody— Bruce Whatchu Talkin Willis (@MisterOWL9) May 29, 2019
People filled the thread of this tweet with all of the relatable rules our parent(s) gave us when they left us to fend for ourselves, proving that we have all pretty much lived the same lives.
I didn’t have a babysitter but then became the babysitter for my siblings— Chancy With AIH & Mental Health (@SOCIALLYCRUSHED) May 30, 2019
If the phone ring don't answer…— THNKR (@DjThinker) May 30, 2019
Right!? My momma said don’t answer the phone either. She would call and let it ring a few times, hang up and then call us back. That’s how we knew to answer. Lol— Red-Headed Stepchild (@TheNormaJeane) May 30, 2019
Annnd don’t touch the stove😁— DaughterOfaQueen (@bernie404) May 29, 2019
And make a bowl of cereal if you’re hungry— Adam Saleh (@Adam_Salehh) May 31, 2019
“Don’t go outside till I come home” latchkey kids are the most independent now— J @ D E (@Uh_Naah) May 30, 2019
We became adept at hiding from Jehovah's Witnesses.— L'eau du Sarcasme (@Jillbles) May 30, 2019
Anybody That’s Supposed To Be In Here Got A Key— M👑🌸 (@DaRealQxeenKior) May 30, 2019
Every now and then my mom would test me. Leave for work. Come home early. And, pretend to be a pizza guy. Failing that test never ended well— Ian Murdock (@i87murd) May 31, 2019
And to turn all the lights on so it looks like people are home— Nate Rodriguez-Garcia (@SirFlacco_) May 30, 2019
Growing up like this was never fun, at least not for me. But I’m glad to know that I’m not alone in this, and I’m so happy we all made it to adulthood in one piece.