Saved By The Bell Gave Us All The Parenting Advice We’ll Ever Need

On Saturday mornings in the early 1990’s, there was only one place many of us wanted to be. In front of the TV, absorbing the wonderfulness that was Saved by the Bell. No other show held such a place in my heart and played as big of a role in my formative years and I know I’m not alone. It shaped my expectations for high school as an impressionable child and also, my earliest ideas on friendships. Looking back, it also taught me plenty about how to parent my children. Some of the lessons were a bit murky when I was a kid but now, they are emerging. Crystal clear. Saved by the Bell taught me so much about parenting. Thank Belding, I’ve had this great resource to draw on all these years.

It’s totally OK to let your kids climb through other kids’ windows for a visit.

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They are probably there to help their peer through some kind of valuable life lesson. Solvable in 22 minutes, of course.

Indulge your kids’ interest in technology. Only the latest and greatest!

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For Zack and company, it was a cell phone the size of a VCR. For our kids, it’s an iPhone 6. Either way, they need to keep up and we get that.

Let your kids enjoy freedom every summer by working at a yacht club with their friends.



That curmudgeonly boss who makes their life hell for weeks might also have a cute daughter they can take to the end-of-summer dance that will obviously be thrown at said yacht club. Do not deprive them of this formative experience.

Let your teens enjoy romantic vacations with their boyfriend or girlfriend.



They have to learn to be in an adult relationship somehow! Throw caution to the wind and totally let them go to Hawaii and Palm Springs free of supervision and full of hormones.

For wardrobe longevity, invest in spandex outfits. Twice the wear for half the cost.



This is really a budgetary boon as well as a solid fashion choice. If it stretches, it may see them through all of high school. Shut up and take my money, Danskinâ„¢.

Your kids can only be sexy and fun OR smart and a stick-in-the-mud. Not both.

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They really should fit into one category and stick with it. Nerd, cheerleader, ditz, athlete. There is no blending of types within one kid.

Nerds can coexist with the cool kids. They just need to know their place.

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Even though your child needs to pick a label and wear it proudly, they can still mingle with the cool crowd. They just need to understand their place as scholar and wearer of pocket protector. Or spouter of feminist wisdom.

Getting into a great college is crucial but not crucial enough to get hooked on caffeine.



We have to draw the line and that line starts with….caffeine pills. Don’t over-extend your over-achiever to the point where they dabble in substance abuse.

Actually, don’t worry too hard about school because chances are, your child will have a career as a recording artist.

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The Five Aces, Hot Sundae, Zack Attack, Jessie and Slater singing at Zack and Kelly’s prom — so many opportunities for musical success. There is no real need to emphasize academics.

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