There’s no denying there are plenty of differences between how Baby Boomers grew up and the world that children of modern times are inhabiting. Technology has obviously played a huge role in this, but there are plenty of cultural and societal differences as well.
Remember when the foods back then tasted different, how the music didn’t sound the same and the fashion was bonkers?
Some say the times were simpler back then and a lot of people point the finger towards the parenting techniques of the younger generations. To say it’s evolved somewhat would be an understatement.
In the 1950s and ‘60s, kids were treated like kids and by they time they reached the age of 20, many were living in their own homes. Getting to adulthood meant some different parenting styles – some that wouldn’t be deemed appropriate by today’s standards. Starts at 60 has taken a look back at some of the things parents did back in the day that wouldn’t sit well with the PC police of today.
In the days where kids would spend hours playing in the backyard with other kids in the neighbourhood, it wasn’t uncommon for parents to allow kids to drink water from the garden hose. The last thing your mum probably wanted was a bunch of kids pestering her every five minutes for a glass of water.
It’s unlikely a modern parent would allow this, what with all the chemicals leaching out of the hose plastic. But when we were growing up, there was nothing better than a refreshing sip out of the hose on a hot day when you’d been out riding your bike or running wild.
Speaking of backyards, remember when your parents would literally lock the door and wouldn’t allow you to come home until dinnertime? If you got bored of your own backyard, there were plenty of other children in the neighbourhood to visit or adventures to be had. ‘Stranger Danger’ wasn’t really a thing back then, so parents didn’t fear letting their kids run off for hours at a time.
Of course, the invention of video games and the internet were a long way off back then, so there wasn’t really anything all that interesting to do inside to begin with. Letting children play in the streets without parental supervision would probably be considered neglect by today’s standards, but it kept our own parents sane.
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When family outings did happen, it was often an excuse for us to invite other friends and kids along for the adventure. This often meant sneaking people in the back of a car or wagon. It was fun at the time, but no one wore seat belts. With road safety rules tighter than ever, it’s probably a good thing this isn’t encouraged these days.
And, while we hated our parents at the time for it, many Baby Boomers thank their parents for giving them a hiding if they misbehaved. They’re not the best memories and many modern parents refuse to smack their children, but it was the norm for over-60s.