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30 Facts From The ’70s And ’80s That Seem Unbelievable Now, Shared In This Online Thread

Kids in the ’70s and ’80s had a different experience when growing up. No wonder your auntie Betsie never misses a chance to tell the same old story of her 10-year-old self walking 5 km to school in freezing winter. “These days kids, they don’t know!” she mumbles.

But she must be right. This illuminating thread shared by Dan Wuori, the senior director of early learning at The Hunt Institute, shed light on what kids in the past experienced in their daily lives and most of it is simply hard to imagine.

“My high school had a smoking area. For the kids,” Wuori tweeted before asking everyone to share “What’s something you experienced as a kid that would blow your children’s minds?” Below we selected some of the most interesting posts that reveal just how much times have changed.

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Childhood memories are something most of us cherish throughout our lives. Prof. Krystine Batcho, a scholar in science of nostalgia and licensed psychologist, has developed a tool to measure our emotions towards the past using the Nostalgia Inventory Test. The tool shows how strongly and how often people feel nostalgic.

In a previous in-depth interview with Prof. Batcho, Bored Panda asked the professor about the role our childhood memories play in our lives. According to the professor, childhood memories can influence our adult lives in a number of ways. “They can contribute to our overall sense of happiness in life.”

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Moreover, Batcho argues that social experiences we had when little are crucial to our development and adult lives. “Positive childhood social events, such as family get-togethers during the holidays or parties to celebrate birthdays or achievements, help establish good self-esteem and healthy social skills in adulthood,” she told us.

Prof. Batcho’s life-long research suggested that “positive childhood memories are associated with more adaptive coping skills in adulthood.” For example, people with happier memories of childhood were less likely to turn to counterproductive ways of dealing with stressful situations, such as substance abuse or escapist behavior.

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That means that healthy coping is not something we’re born with, but rather “it is learned during childhood by role modeling trusted adults, and memories of how respected adults coped with adversity,” the professor explained.

If you deeply cherish your childhood memories and carry them throughout your life, you’re not the only one, Batcho argues. The professor explained that this phenomenon is called “rosy retrospection,” and it refers to a tendency to remember the past as better than it really was.

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“There might be an evolutionary reason for it, because a favorable focus on the past helps most people remain healthy and happy despite the practical and emotional challenges of adult life,” prof. Batcho explained. Having said that, it’s also important to note that memory retrieval and the way we feel about them is directly influenced by a person’s current mood and state of mind. It turns out that when we are sad or depressed, we are more likely to remember negative events in our past and remember past experiences less favorably.

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50 Times People Had Such Wholesome Coworkers, They Just Had To Share It Online

People say that how we live our days is how we live our life. For many of us, a significant amount of time is spent at work. While we search for the ideal work-life balance by making big and small changes in our daily routine, we might not realize that the biggest morale booster is sitting right in front of us.

Of course, there are countless stories about office bullies and ruthless bosses who can make our days bitter. Yet, we might end up complaining too much and forgetting that our jobs can actually be nice. Especially if we’re surrounded by like-minded and lovely people.

We have compiled a list of some of the most wholesome coworkers many would be delighted to work with. Continue scrolling and upvote the pictures that made you smile the widest! After you’re done with this list, make sure to check out our previous posts to get a full picture of the working experience right here, here and here.

#1 Heartwarming

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#2 My 88-Year-Old Coworker Showed Me His Binder Of Love Poems He Writes. 2 Months Of Work And I Got My Coworker Published And Delivered His First Book

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Having great relationships with the people you work with can positively impact your emotional well-being and professional success. Whether it’s venting about your manager or chit-chatting about the weekend plans, close bonds alleviate the stress you might be feeling in your current position. 

Bored Panda has reached out to Sharlyn Lauby, a human resources professional, speaker, and the voice behind HR Bartender, a blog dedicated to talking about different workplace issues. The site has been recognized as one of the “Top 5 Blogs HR Pros Love to Read” by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

She was kind enough to share her thoughts and insights about workplace relationships and what part they play in the office. According to Lauby, having good bonds with the people you work with is very important.

#3 I’ve Been Biking To Work In The Cold Every Morning, My Coworker Noticed And She Made Me This Scarf And Beanie

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#4 Wholesome Coworkers

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“Gallup [a global analytics and advice firm based in the United States] has some classic research that says there’s a correlation between having friends at work and employee engagement,” she told us. “It makes sense. No one really wants to spend the kind of time we do working with people that they don’t like being around.”

However, Lauby does feel the need to discuss what makes for a good working relationship. “This doesn’t mean that there won’t be challenges. All relationships have tough moments,” she added. “That’s one of the reasons building good working relationships is important. When you have a good working relationship, you can work through those challenging times a little easier.”

#5 The President Of Our Company Is A Giant Kid, So For His Birthday We Made His Office Into A Ball Pit

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#6 Today’s My Birthday. When The Clock Hit Midnight, The Security Guy Who I Barely Know And The Only Other Person On Site Turned The Corner And Surprised Me With This

I work 3rd shift monitoring the machines at a tourist attraction.
A great start to what could have been a lonely day.

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The desire to feel connected to others is a basic human need. The positive social interactions we have with each other can boost our mental and physical health. Besides the fact that getting along with your coworkers helps you get through difficult obstacles, it also makes the work environment more pleasant.

“Another benefit ties back to the definition of a good working relationship,” Lauby continued. “Hopefully, you can be yourself. When you build good relationships, this should allow you to feel safe and comfortable being your authentic self. It’s great for you as an individual and it’s great for the teams that you’re working with.”

#7 My Office Has Been Working From Home For Weeks. I Had Sent Out An Email Asking That Anyone Who Has To Drop By The Office To Feed My Fish

I went in today for the first time – someone made a log book. I’m crying.

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#8 My Cousin Worked At McDonald’s In Northern Ontario For Most Of His Life And Was A Manager There For The Majority Of His Career. He Passed Away Suddenly Last Monday

The 3 McDonald’s restaurants in that area flew their flags at half-mast in his honor. Such a beautiful gesture.

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If you want to improve the way you communicate with your colleagues and make the bonds even stronger, there are some things you should keep in mind. Lauby emphasized that credibility is one of the first things she thinks of when it comes to being a good coworker. 

“Do what you say you’re going to do. Deliver on time. Be that person others count on,” she elaborated. “And if for whatever reason you can’t, go to your colleague or team and let them know. Hopefully, before they figure it out. You can ask to renegotiate your commitment.”

#9 God Bless The Co-Workers

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#10 A Coworker Of Mine With Down Syndrome Makes Me A Card Every Christmas

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On a final note, being a person of your word goes a long way in building relationships. Sharlyn Lauby wants to remind you that all of the things we discussed—strengthening personal bonds, being credible—are important for both in-person and virtual working relationships.

#11 My Sister Is Fighting Cancer & It’s Been Absolutely Brutal. It’s Really Taken A Toll On Me & My Work Performance Has Dropped Significantly, I Feared I’d Get Fired

Instead, my coworkers presented me with this care package to comfort my sister through chemo, a hand-painted card & a $750 donation.

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#12 My Hometown PD Threw This Brave Officer A Birthday Party. Happy Birthday, Max

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#13 My Wonderful Colleague Is Having A Baby, So I Made Her A Zookeepers Baby Blanket

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#14 Happy Retirement To My Coworker That Always Brought Us Candy. Thanks For Always Being Awesome, Mark

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#15 I Took Care Of My Colleague’s Snail While She Was Gone And It Unexpectedly Had Babies. I Threw A Baby Shower For Her To Come Back To. Congrats, Loki

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#16 I Work At A Small Family Owned Italian Restaurant And My Boss Let’s Me Study When We’re Slow So He Brought Me A Small Pizza And Said “Snack While You Study”

I worked a 12-hour shift today and he fed me three times and made me a sandwich to take home. He’s an angel walking among us.

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#17 To Have A Boss Like This

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#18 New Friend/Coworker Of Mine Couldn’t Afford A New Computer. I Built A New One And Gave Him My Old One For Free. He Was So Happy He Asked Me To Take His Picture

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#19 Today Is My Birthday. My Coworkers Know I’m On A Diet But I Told Them They Were More Than Welcome To Still Get A Cake For Themselves To Enjoy

Instead, this was waiting for me when I got to work. Truly made my day and was quite delicious!

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#20 A Note From A Coworker During A Dark Time. It’s Been 3 Years And I Still Look At It When I Need A Pick-Me-Up

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#21 Tomorrow Is My Last Day At My Current Job And My Coworkers Knew I Liked Anime So One Of The Older Ladies Made Me An “Anime” Quilt

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#22 My Mama Retired As An Emergency Room Nurse Yesterday And Her Coworkers Threw Her A Huge Party

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#23 My Wife Made This Last Night For A Coworker That Had Her 10-Year-Old Chihuahua, Lucy, Passed Away Unexpectedly Of Heart Failure

Apparently, she seemed completely fine on Sunday, but Monday she was gone. As anyone who has experienced the loss of a beloved pet knows, it can be traumatizing, especially when you have no time to prepare for it. She missed work on Monday (I would’ve taken it off too) and then told my wife about it yesterday.

 

My wife being the sweet person she is came home later that day and told me the sad news, then got out our iPad and started working on the picture above. She claims she has no art talent, but I think she did a pretty great job. The ears on the top are an outline of Lucy’s ears.

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#24 I’m A Nice Colleague

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#25 I Have The Best Coworkers In The World. Down With Lymphoma For A Bit And They Just Made Day

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#26 The Restaurant I Work For Is Closing Until Further Notice. My Manager Gave Me A Gift

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#27 I’ve Been Snapping Selfies On Unattended Phones At Work. Today My Coworkers Gave Me Photo Albums Of The Selfies They Found On Their Phones

One of the most heartfelt birthday gifts I’ve ever gotten.

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#28 The Janitor At My Mom’s Work Bought Her A Fancy Christmas Ornament With This Written On The Box

He is a very sweet elderly man. Since he and my mom are such good friends, he made her this.

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#29 My Wife Had To Cancel Her Baby Shower Due To Corona, So Her Co-Workers Threw Her A Surprise Mini One In The Break Room

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#30 Me As A Boy In 1965 With Newly Completed Model Airplane Minutes Before Destroying It On Maiden Flight. Also Me 56 Years Later With Surprise Christmas Gift From Coworker Of Identical Replica

Additional info: It’s a control line plane, it flies in a big circle, it’s not a remote control. You have a handle and two steel cables to control the elevator, pull the top of the handle back the plane goes up, push it down it goes down, do it wrong it crashes violently. 

 

Yes, I work at a wonderful place with some terrific people and consider most of them dear friends. 

 

He mentioned that he was building planes with his kids, and I showed him a lo-res version of that old picture I had received from my daughter. He contacted my daughter, got the hi-res, then acquired all the parts necessary to build the plane over several months (the propeller came from Uzbekistan). Then, surprise!

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#31 The 66-Year-Old Receptionist Where I Work Prints Out Memes On Paper And Puts Them On The Wall

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#32 His Wife Called In To Sing Happy Birthday Over Video Chat

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#33 A Co-Worker Makes These Boxes For Charity On His Lunch Break, And He Needed Leather So I Asked If He’d Like My Departed Dad’s Jacket, And He Came Up With This For Me Today

I work with this amazing gentleman that spends his breaks and lunches making these beautiful boxes for charity auctions (I know – so sweet!) He took me aside to show me his first box of 2020, and I asked him if he’d be interested in my dad’s old leather coat since I’m having a hard time getting rid of his stuff. Well, today he brought me this black walnut box made with the leather from my dad’s favorite jacket. It brightened up the office and all of us were so touched. What a sweet man!! This is such a cherished thing for me. Yes, I am definitely making him an authentic British shepherds pie and some English treats to thank him (he’s English, but we live in Canada). I hope this cheers you all up during this dreary and frightening time! Good people exist everywhere!

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#34 This Was My Face Of Pure Happiness When A Coworker Brought Two Kittens By The Office Yesterday. Sat There For An Hour While They Cuddled On My Lap

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#35 My 72-Year-Old Grandma Not Only Cleans Schools, But Cleans Schools Better Than Everyone She Works With. Her Teachers Always Make Sure She Knows

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#36 Today Was My Boyfriend’s Last Day At His “Big Box Mart” Job. The Company Itself Did Not Acknowledge His Last Day, But A Coworker In The Bakery Made Him This

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#37 My Girlfriend’s Boss Makes Her Healthy Lunches Because She Has Fainting Spells

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#38 Told My Coworker A Story About My Brother Eating All The Charms Out Of The Cereal Box Before I Got To Them Growing Up

I literally thought you had to be lucky to get charms. He dropped these in my office today.

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#39 Boss Is A Marvel Fan And Recently Had Open-Heart Surgery, So A Co-Worker And I Got Him A MK 1 Arc Reactor

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#40 The Other Day I Slipped And Fell At Work As I Was Wearing Old Worn Out Shoes, So My Coworker Gave Me A Fresh Pair Of Non Slips When She Found Out About The Incident

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#41 Coworker’s Wife Spent 10 Hours Making This For Me After My Cat Passed Away

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#42 We Were Surprised By My Coworker Who Put Together This Dinner Date Table For Us, Complete With A Personalized Menu And Three Course Meal

Was supposed to be celebrating my honeymoon with my wife in Italy this week. Extremely thankful!

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#43 Couldn’t Afford New Work Boots, These Were On My Workbench This Morning

They got my size and everything. $179 I just could not afford at the moment.

 

Everyone wears them in the company. Also, they are the best!

 

I’ve been struggling with my old pair and just had a week off with a planter wart in my heel. It was removed but I’ve been unable to fully walk properly for a while.

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#44 My Coworker Blessed Me With A Christmas Miracle. $500 Cash

The card says: “Hey Boo! Okay, so I might have felt awful when you told me that you would walk all the way home from work, so I set up a GoFundMe (don’t worry, I didn’t use exact names). I managed to raise a bunch of money, hoping you could set it aside for a car, but now maybe it can help fix yours now. Merry Christmas!”

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#45 My Coworker’s Photo Of Her Dog On Her Desk And My Christmas Present To Her

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#46 My Mom Is A Nurse And She Spent All Of Today Making Facemasks For Her Coworkers

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#47 Co-Worker Checking In Due To Having The Weekend Away From My GF And Feeling A Bit More Of Top Of My Depression

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#48 I Draw Little Pictures Daily For My Coworkers To Find In The Morning After I Leave Third Shift

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#49 My Coworker Is Having A Hysterectomy. So The Department Had A Food Day

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#50 Wife Just Made Over 100 Truffles For Her Coworkers. Now She Gets To Go On The Train Into Boston With These. She’s The Best

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30 Cringey Posts That Show What Happens When People Celebrate Just A Little Too Early

They say not to count your chickens before they hatch. ‘Cause by doing so, you raise the chances for an instant loss of karma, dignity, and self-confidence, like, triple.

If you’ve ever been near the finish line raising your arms high in the sky, only to feel a cold wave of wind passing through while you enjoy the moment of not-earned victory, you need no further explanation. And if you are one of the lucky ones who hasn’t had their fair share of premature celebration-turned nightmare, please stay that way and keep on scrolling to see what not to do to become one of many.

Thanks to the subreddit r/Prematurecelebration, we now have the full-on archive of cringey glory that is a product of people celebrating just a microscopic little bit too early. So you’d better get ready to crack up big time.

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To find out more about the community behind the r/Prematurecelebration subreddit, Bored Panda reached out to one of its moderators, u/N8theGr8, who was happy to share some insights.

The mod told us that the subreddit was created by u/potato88, who’s now a suspended user, back in 2013. Some time ago, though, the subreddit had no moderators, so the admins gave it to the current mod team, u/N8theGr8 said.

But since the subreddit revolves around a “kind of niche topic,” it’s not as active as it could be. “But we have half a million subscribers and it stays relatively active,” they added. Right now, the subreddit has 525k members in total and their community is still growing.

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#4 Good Idea To Straight Up Tell Everyone That You’re Scamming A Company

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When asked about the whole concept of premature celebration that the subreddit as all about, the moderator explained that it “just means celebrating some kind of win or victory before you really should.”

“Like a guy who runs a race and then slows down right at the end to do a victory jump and throw his arms in the air, only to be passed by the 2nd-place guy who then wins the race. Or ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ newspaper held up by President Truman.”

#5 2020 Is Going So Great

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#6 Too Soon

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#7 Showing Off A Bottle Of Johnny Walker

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#8 Rollerblader Prematurely Celebrates Victory Then Gets Robbed

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#9 Oops

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#10 Microsoft Employees Holding A Funeral For The iPhone Following The “Success” Of Their Windows Phone

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#11 Stalker, 30, Who Called Police To Brag ‘I’ll Never Be Caught’ Is Jailed

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#12 Good Lasagaaa

#13 My Friend’s Two Most Recent Snaps On His Story

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#14 Congrats…

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#15 Four Years Ago

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#16 That Escalated Quickly

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#17 Rip Gary F

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#18 Meirl

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#19 Influencer Brags About Her Easy Life In Bali On Twitter, Gets Deported Over It

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#20 New York Times Article From 1924

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#21 The Toronto Blue Jays React To All The Cancelled Mlb Games Recently

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#22 Celebrating Too Early

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#23 A Youtuber Who Said Veganism And God Cured Her Cancer Has Died Of Cancer

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#24 This Showed Up In My Tech News Feed

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#25 Never Obsolete

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#26 Does This Count?

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#27 No Title Needed

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#28 So… Can I Get My Job Back Or Nah?

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#29 Congrats, You Played Yo’self

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#30 Self Explanatory

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The redditor u/N8theGr8 continued: “When you’re so close to the end that victory looks assured is when a lot of people let their guard down, and don’t have the situational awareness to realize that someone else is trying to win too. It’s fine to celebrate early, but make sure you’re in a safe position to do so.”

Instead Of Taking Their Unappreciative Kids Out, This Family Took Their Modem On A Day Trip To The Seaside

Parenting is difficult in the 21st century. With easy access to technology, it’s harder and harder to keep your kids away from screens and get them to be active outside and with their family members. However, there is always a solution!

Like when your kids refuse to go on a fun family trip, you get rid of their internet connection by taking your modem on the trip instead. That’s exactly what Australian parents Cassie Langan and her husband did. Not only that, they took a whole bunch of photos of the modem having the time of its life. The story was so awesome, it went viral.

Bored Panda reached out to Cassie in order to hear more about her story, how her kids reacted, and what the internet’s response was like. Cassie was happy to talk to us. Scroll down for the full interview.

While we’re on the topic of tech, after you’re done with this post, why don’t you check out our in-depth article about a mom who forbids her kids from using phone and TV screens and the positive effects this has.

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Two Aussie parents took their modem on a trip to the beach when two of their three kids refused to spend some quality family time together

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According to Cassie, her husband works as a truck driver. That means that he’s on the road all week and only comes back home to his family on the weekends. Meanwhile, Cassie said that her “daughter works weekends and I work in retail, so I often work weekends too.”

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“It’s not often that we are all home at the same time,” she noted. “So Chris and I thought we’d take the kids on a day trip to Warrnambool to go to the model train show that was on there, as hubby and the boys love trains.”

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However, things did not go as planned: “Our 17-year-old daughter refused to go and our 10-year-old son had a tantrum listing all the reasons why it was unfair that we were making him go.”

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Cassie continued: “Our 13-year-old son was the only one who reluctantly agreed to go. In the end, we said to the kids that if they weren’t going to go, we’d take the modem instead and they said ok.”

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When they all got back home from their trip, something magical had happened. “When we got home, our 17-year-old was so bored she actually cleaned her room and spent time with her younger brother.”

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“When I showed my 10-year-old the photos, he said that ‘it’s not fair, we hate him and love the modem more,’ and stormed off to his room,” Cassie told us about her children’s reactions to what happened.

“The reason I made the post public is that there is so much on social media at the moment about politics, bushfires, drought, and people having a hard time in general that I thought if my post brightened one person’s day, it would be worth it,” she said. And we’ve got to say, it’s working. It certainly brightened up our day.

“I am absolutely blown away by how many times it has been shared and the number of people who it made a difference to their day. As for my kids, after the post went viral…. they finally see the funny side.”

The story took the internet by storm