The rules of parenting are ever-changing and each generation looks to the last as slightly un-evolved. A few months back, Mommyshorts blogger Ilana Wiles asked her readers to submit childhood photos that showed how different parenting was in the 70s and 80s. What people sent her was hilarious (like, you can’t breathe because you’re laughing so hard hilarious). These photos demonstrated acts of parenting so far from what we’re used to now that it seems impossible that they were ever seen as acceptable. Today we’re sharing some of the photos that were submitted, as well as other examples we dug up from the interwebs. Enjoy these funny things our parents did that would get us arrested!
These days, social services might show up at your door if you let your kid go to the park across the street alone. Back then, our parents…..
- Let us ride our bikes without helmets.
- Had us ride in the front seat of the car on our mom’s lap.
- Greased the backseat so we’d have a good slide every time mom turned a corner.
- Put us in an infant seat attached to a motorcycle with ropes.
- Fed us pizza as one of our first solid foods.
- Let us ride in the back of pickups.
- Left us in the car while they went grocery shopping.
- Let us roam aimlessly around the neighborhood until it was dark and then just scream our names real loud out the front door to have us come home.
- Let us tie a rope from one tree to the other in the backyard and play “tightrope walking.”
- Let us throw giant metal darts at each other. (Well, near each other, but there’s no guarantee where these things will land in lawn darts).
- Let us hang out the back of the station wagon while they were driving.
- Let your older brother pull you around (as a baby) in a wagon attached to his bike with a rope.
- Let Uncle Joe put you on a cart (with no steering mechanism or breaks), attach a parachute to it, and let the wind carry you away.
- Let us jump out of a 20-foot loft in the barn into a pile of hay.
- Left us alone at home at the age of 7 because school got out earlier than their jobs let them go.
Note: We’re not trying to be judgmental of our moms and dads from the past – we know that parenting changes a lot through generations. We’re sure our kids and grandkids will think some of the things we do are just as preposterous!
Do you have your own childhood memories like this? If you have some of your own pictures like this, please share them. If we get enough we’ll do another post! Share your stories in the comments, too – we could always use a little laugh!