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Five Things I Did as a Kid That I Still Do in My 30′s – Ryan O’Bryan’s List

Whether we like it or not, we all have to grow up at some point in time. But that doesn’t mean we have to completely abandon all of our childhood habits.I’m 35 years old and a dad to a seven year old son and a five year old daughter which gives me the opportunity to keep doing some of things I enjoyed doing as a kid. It also means I have to hide some of those things I did as a kid because they may not exactly be the best habit to have. For example, the thing I did just the other day that inspired this blog in the first place…

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DRINKING MILK FROM THE CONTAINER

Think of it as going green. (flickr, Spree2010)

Your first instinct may be to say, “Ewww, gross!” But look at it this way, by drinking straight from the container, I’m not using a cup that will need to be washed, therefore saving water. You’re welcome, environment!

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EXCESSIVE SUGAR CONSUMPTION

(flickr, Ayelie)

My sweet tooth may be what ultimately leads to my demise. Or I’ll get hit by a bus, who knows. I still put sugar on cereals like Wheaties, Cheerios, Chex, Crispix, and Rice Krispies, completely erasing whatever, if any, health benefits they carry. I also add extra sugar to a pitcher of Kool-Aid, sometimes as much as a half-cup (the directions call for one cup) because there are few things worse in the world than Kool-Aid without enough sugar. You might as well add food coloring to water.

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PLAYING WITH TOYS

(flickr, Fuyoh!)

I had all the “it” toys for boys growing up. G.I. Joe, Transformers, Hot Wheels, radio controlled cars, whatever. When my son was born I saw an opportunity to play with those toys all over again. It hasn’t worked out that way yet. He’s received a few Hot Wheels and tracks over the years, but plays with them for a couple of days, then loses interest. He is into video games and wrestling around so we’re good there. He’ll be eight in a few weeks so there’s still plenty of time for me to live vicariously through him.

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PLAYING ON PLAYGROUNDS

(Ryan O'Bryan/106-1 KISS-FM)

I don’t know who gets more excited when we go to a playground, me or my kids. However, as much as I love climbing around and sliding down the slides, playgrounds have provided somewhat of a rude awakening by reminding me that regardless of what my mind thinks, my body can’t do all the things it could when I was a kid. Case in point, a few weeks ago we took our kids to Burdette Park to play and I tried to go across the monkey bars. I made it about three-quarters of the way before I finally had to let go because it felt like my arms were going to tear away from my body at the shoulders. Honestly, I’m surprised I made it that far.

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WATCHING CARTOONS

(Facebook)

Although I’ve graduated to more “adult” fare such as Family Guy and Futurama, I still enjoy a good cartoon. My kids watch a lot, and I mean A LOT of Disney Channel and Disney XD. If you have kids, you know that most of what is shown on those channels are crap (I’m looking at you Shake it Up). However, there is a slimmer of sunshine with Phineas & Ferb. I actually get excited when I see it come on and have watched it by myself when the kids aren’t around.

As good as Phineas & Ferb is, it will never be Looney Tunes. My kids went through a phase where they were really into the old school Looney Tunes and it was great! But it didn’t last long as the siren song of that wicked banshee, Disney Channel came calling again and lured them back into the depths of Austin & Ally hell.

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Is there anything you did as a kid that you still do as an adult? Let me know in the comments below.

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