It may seem a long time ago now, but we bet there are still plenty of things you can remember taking an extreme dislike to when you were a youngster. Here are 13 of our most-hated childhood memories…
1. Oil’s not well!
Being given cod-liver oil capsules because ‘they were good for you’. They looked quite pretty and innocent on the spoon, but if you didn’t swallow them whole and accidentally bit into them, they tasted disgusting!
2. That’s rough…
Apparently, ‘good for you’, Mum had read about roughage and took away your beloved Frosties and decided you should eat oats instead! And not the nice variety that gave you an orange glow around your body. You had the basic nasty ones!
3. Off your trolley
Having to go on the big, weekly grocery shop. You were made to traipse round the supermarket, until you sulked majorly and were then put in the trolley, told off and wheeled round while stuff was thrown in next to you. So embarrassing.
4. A wee problem
During a nice walk in the woods, you get the urge to have a wee. When you voice this need, it’s suggested you go behind a tree! You show willing and head towards it, but once there, you’re too nervous you’ll be seen, so you just hide behind the tree, then cross your legs for the rest of the trek.
5. These boots weren’t made for walking…
Trying on new wellies to see if they’re comfortable. You’re persuaded to have a little walk around in them in the shop. But it’s the shortest distance you’ve ever walked! No indication as to whether your footwear is up to a mile trek. And you know if they give you blisters, you’ll be in trouble. After all, you tried them on in the shop!
6. Itchy and scratchy
Grannies like to knit – using wire wool, it would seem! So when presented with her hand-knitted pullover and hat, your heart sinks. You know they’ll make your skin feel like you’ve fallen into a patch of stinging nettles. You also know that every time Gran calls round, or you visit her, you’ll be made to wear that itchy ensemble!
7. Open wide…
Everyone hates going to the dentist. But, as a youngster, it’s even more terrifying. Your mouth is smaller, so the dentist’s hands seem huge. At a young age, there’s also a lot going on in your gob. Your teeth may start to overlap, you could be developing an over – or even an under-bite. What if you need a brace? If those tropical fish in the waiting room were supposed to have relaxed you beforehand – they didn’t work!
8. Doggone beast!
It’s fun visiting family friends, especially if they have a kid your age and a trampoline. But it’s a different story if they have a humungous dog. You know what’ll happen. The excited hound will bark at the front door and be held back while you get inside and then into the garden to play. But then the playful mutt will charge into the garden and hurtle towards you. You know he’s going to floor you. Yikes!
9. And so… to bed!
In the summer holidays, you had to be home by 7pm, but you strolled in at 7.15pm. As a punishment you’re sent to bed early. But it’s still daylight and your flimsy curtains aren’t shutting it out. Not only that, but you can hear other kids still playing in their gardens.
10. Of course I saw it!
Bedtimes were always a constant bone of contention. Even when you weren’t naughty, you still had an earlier bedtime than schoolfriends. So, the next day, when all your mates are talking about a TV show they watched after the watershed, you have to pretend you saw it, too. Sadly, they rumble you and you skulk off in shame.
11. Don’t throw in the towel…
You’ve had a lovely day at the beach. You had your cossie on under your clothes when you arrived. Now, though, it’s time to go home and you’re wet and sandy and need to put your clothes back on. This means changing on the beach. Except, all you have to protect your dignity is a towel, which you have to try and hold up, while slipping out of your wet cossie and getting dressed. You’re not even sure Houdini could pull off that move successfully!
12. Home is… where the work is!
The first time you were given homework, you were excited – because it meant you were at big school. What you weren’t prepared for was the sheer volume of it and the amount of books you’d have to lug back and forth. Your parents did try to help once, but, bless them, education was different in their days. They didn’t even use computers…
13. Detained… at the school’s pleasure!
Punishment has already featured on our list, but, this time it’s not from parents. The school has deemed that your behaviour deserves detention. This just means hanging around in a classroom for an additional hour, maybe writing lines. Not exactly hard labour, but you’re worried about what’ll happen when your parents find out you’ve been kept behind. More telling off. You’re not the only one. It happened to Bart Simpson, too! Watch him here…