14/01/2015 12:22 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Awkward Family Photos That Could Only Have Been Taken In The 80s

To those who grew up in the 80s, the decade was a celebration of groundbreaking technological breakthroughs, bold fashion and even bolder hairstyles.

But for those not blinded by the fuzz of nostalgia, it is clear to see that the 80s were defined by: brick like phones, shellsuits made from man-made fibre that meant you couldn't move without rustling (making it easier for teachers to spot a fidget) and mullets... if only we could forget the mullets.

Just in case you're experiencing some misplaced longing for the good ol' days, we've gathered together these gems from Awkward Family Photos which perfectly capture the painful experience of growing up as a child of the 80s.

In some ways not much has changed - children today get just as excited about the launch of a new computer, games console or mobile phone as we did in the 80s. Although we're not sure the launch of any new household gadget could ever elicit the same levels of delight among parents as when Dustbusters first went on sale!

Also, we tend to think of mini-me fashion as a modern style, invented by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez. When in fact sartorially forward-thinking mums and dads have been dressing their children up as miniature versions of themselves since way back when double denim wasn't considered a sin.

Next time your children are moaning about the outfits you've lovingly picked out for them, show them this gallery to remind them how lucky they are to be born in a decade when it's not socially acceptable to cut your child's hair with a bowl.