There’s no denying that things have changed dramatically over the years since we were growing up. The food we ate back then (no-one had heard of Quinoa!), the music we listened to (it was better), the fashions we wore (they probably should mostly stay in the past), and the things we did for entertainment (two words, kids: NO INTERNET).
One other thing that has changed dramatically, is parenting itself.
Back then, kids weren’t made to think that they were special. They were kids; and parents raised them to be adults, not 20-year-olds still living at home. In fact, a lot of things our parents used to do would probably have them arrested for abuse or neglect in today’s world. Let’s look back:
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 on a hot day when you’ve been out riding your bike because …
This would definitely be neglect, but boy, we had fun on those long days. And it probably helped keep our mums sane too!
And the freedom helped to develop that fierce independence we carry to this day!
And we didn’t even have seat belts! Of course, it was a blast at the time but there is a very good reason we no longer do that.
Not the best memories, but they were definitely character building.
Our parents are a big part of who we are today, even if they did it very differently to modern parents now.