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13 Favorite Childhood Cartoons And What They Say About Your Parenting Style

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Saturday morning cartoons are officially a thing of the past, and I’m a little sad about it even though I haven’t been awake early enough to see one since 1998. Sure, our kids have Netflix and Hulu, but those TV shows were a formative part of our childhoods. In fact, they say a lot about who we are now. Here’s what your favorite cartoon growing up says about your parenting style.

1. Schoolhouse Rock

You are a total Tiger Mom. Your child’s lullaby is the alphabet, and her only toys are made of wood and from Europe. You bought her a Visible Man figurine once to see if a plastic toy could really be educational, but then your child dressed him up in toilet paper dresses and named him Barbie, so you put a stop to that. The only show your kid watches is House of Cards.

2. Jem

You’re a dreamer, and all your dreams involve your child winning The Voice and telling everyone it’s because of your love and support. Your favorite TV show now is Dance Moms. You like to watch it with a tumbler of wine and laugh at how uncoordinated and undisciplined all the children are. Your child’s secret dream is to grow up, move to Seattle, and give cats nail art.

3. X-Men

You’re pretty sure your kid is gifted. You’re not like one of those weird Indigo Child parents, but you’re pretty sure your kid is going to solve the energy crisis. You spend a whole lot of time daydreaming about going back in time and giving life advice to your younger self.

4. The Real Ghostbusters

All the kids at school love you and your upcycled sweaters, but their parents think you’re totally crazypants. It’s OK though, because they just don’t get you yet. You like everything before it was cool. You liked microbrews and toast before they were hipster things, and you were the first person in America to buy an iPod. (And you still have it, because you don’t throw things away.)

5. Reboot

You wanted to go to MIT and may well have done so. You feel strangely proprietary over Pixar. Your child eats beautifully but is a real pain about sleeping, and you plan on encouraging a healthy distrust of The Man because of how much better this show got when it got canceled.

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