Dadmissions: 25 Life Lessons From Classic 80’s Movies

so often we are at a loss for words when it comes to teaching our kids life lessons… and then it dawned on me… put my useless knowledge to work. I grew up with “Mom always said don’t play ball in the house”. But now, we can all teach the kids what we’ve learned.

1)if you take the car without permission, don’t try “reverse” to rewind the mileage…

2)if you raid Barry Manilow’s wardrobe it’s best not to let him know

3)men named Ducky will always be the nice guy that finishes last

4)stop telling people you want to phone home, and just call mom and dad already

5)make sure your doggie door isn’t big enough for a school principal to fit through…

6)using lasers and the sun can make a house explode in popcorn if misused…

7)if you ever time travel in a Delorean, make sure you like Huey Lewis music

8)screws fall out all the time, the world’s an imperfect place

9)don’t try to make out with a mannequin because it will only lead to heartache

10)if your boss dies unexpectedly, skip the sunglasses and joyride, and call the coroner

11)you should never eat candy bars floating in the pool resembling a log of poo

12)If you have pizza delivered to class be sure to have enough for the teacher too

13)dandruff is not to be substituted for snowflakes when creating your own art

14)if your sandwich smells like the dog peed on it, it’s best not to eat it

15)people who are surely serious aren’t necessarily named Shirley

16)If you skip school it’s best not to join a parade singing Wayne Newton hits

17)you should always have fun storming the castle

18)even if you’re on a mission from god, the police can still chase you

19)if you never start sniffing glue, you’ll never pick the wrong week to stop doing it

20)it’s best not to strap dead relatives to the roof of your car on a road trip

21)playing chicken with tractors on an old farm road isn’t a good way to solve disputes

22)Kenny Loggins music is no longer the best way to say you are in the danger zone

23)it’s best not to simulate orgasms sitting in a booth in the middle of a crowded diner

24)panty raids shouldn’t be used as an effective tool for nerds seeking revenge

25)”I ain’t afraid of no ghosts” is a double negative which means you really are afraid

what life lessons can YOU teach the kids.. find me on Facebook at dadmissionsthebook


Movies referenced cheat sheet:
1)Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
2)Breakfast Club
3)Pretty In Pink
5)Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
6)Real Genius
7)Back To The Future
8)Breakfast Club
10)Weekend At Bernie’s
11)Caddie Shack
12)Fast Times at Ridgemont High
13)Breakfast Club
16)Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
17)Princess Bride
18)Blues Brothers
22)Top Gun
23)When Harry Met Sally
24)Revenge Of The Nerds

**my apologies for forgetting the Goonies 🙂

About Pete Wilgoren

Author of Dadmissions. Pete Wilgoren is an Emmy winning journalist, blogger, and author writing about parenthood, life, and other stuff
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9 Responses to Dadmissions: 25 Life Lessons From Classic 80’s Movies

  1. Fun to go through these as I grew up in the 80’s and saw and enjoyed all of these movies. I’ve begun showing my boys clips from some of these movies. I showed them clips from Airplane, Fast Times, and Planes Trains and Automobiles. It’s fun to laugh with my boys over these movies.

  2. LOL @ the double negative 😛 Great post!!

  3. jsack1 says:

    Epic blog Dadmissions !!! I use 80’s references all the time with my kids as my oldest rolls his eyes. As I’ve just introduced him to Ghostbusters and the Goonies. I frequently tell him I’m cooler than he thinks I am. 😉

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  5. Laura F. says:

    #3 is from Pretty in Pink, not 16 Candles. But the nice guy (Anthony Michael Hall) finished last in that one too. 🙂 I loved this post!

  6. gadlerwsm1 says:


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