15 Things That Make You Feel Old (and Young)

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  • When your kid's studying history from the '80s ... the 1980s.

'80s mixed tape


  • "Here's your change, ma'am." (Or any sentence involving the word "ma'am.")
  • Justin Bieber
  • The day you realize your child is more technologically advanced than you are
  • Unearthing a thong in your undies drawer from your dating days
  • Any "Girls Night Out" that ends up devoted to conversation about the kids (and makes you oddly sentimental about Jell-O shots)
  • The moment you utter the words "Because I'm your mother and I said so!" Poof! Old.
  • Forever 21
  • The week before you're due at the salon for your dye job
  • When the kids think your wedding video is a laugh riot –- and you can't blame them; chances are your up-up-up-up-updo was visible from space
  • Reaching the next age bracket for surveys/polls
  • Yelling at teens in the neighborhood to stop speeding
  • High school/college/any reunions
  • When you're both too tired for sex
  • Carpool

And 15 Things That Make You Feel Young

  • Sleeping late
  • Tinted moisturizer
  • The photo retouch button
  • Going on the swings at the playground with the kids. Bonus points if you still fit down the slide.
  • Teddies (the kind you wear)
  • Blasting the stereo when you have the house to yourself (Blasting Barry Manilow –- not so much)
  • Popsicles
  • Zumba
  • Little old ladies
  • Dancing next to little old ladies in Zumba class
  • Fruit smoothies with wheat grass shots and/or doing Jell-O shots at PTA meetings
  • Watching Glee
  • Fooling around in the car/at the movies/anyplace that's not your bed
  • Your fave pair of jeans, the ones you still fit into
  • "I can't believe you have an eight-year-old!"

OK, what makes you feel old/young?

By Ellen Seidman. Original to OwnIt

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