Bev....Where do I begin??!! Just about everything is different now than when I grew up. Since you've suggested we emphasize "good times" & discuss the pros & cons........I think I'll go with ......what kids did on the week-ends (during the day) for recreation...OK? OK!
BACK IN THE DAY: Sat. morn, my sister and I would bounce out of bed early. Not because we wouldn't have loved to "sleep in," but if we wanted to have any fun at all, we absolutely had to get our chores done....NON-gratis, btw. "Allowance" was not an issue. TODAY: IF kids have chores, they are minimal and they receive an allowance.
When we were kids, weather permitting, we were outside constantly until dark. We rode our bikes, roller skated, played baseball and croquet & all sorts of "crative" games we could think up. I remember we even made lunch and ate outside. TODAY: Most kids can be found indoors, playing video games, on the computer or watching TV.........So, where's the fresh air & exercize in that?
These are just 2 differences of so many......but, they're VERY different.