I’ve recently been thinking about when I was younger, and the normal things that happened as a kid back then. Things like, how playing out on the road with the neighbours kids until the sun went down, was completely normal.
The parents would be inside, probably drinking wine, and never checked on us. Just yelling out to us to “Dinner’s ready. Get inside!!!”, every 20 minutes.
Don’t get me wrong……I’m not having a go at parents back then. I am just saying that it was the ‘normal’ thing to do then. It hardly happens anymore though. Well, actually, I think the wine drinking still happens for most parents.
But that innocence of leaving your kids outside for hours (depending on age and where you live) doesn’t.
Out of your view. Where anything could happen – be it hoons in cars, or other kids bullying, or just horrible people stealing children.
So I did a bit of Internet browsing to see the changes over the years with standard kid stuff.
The car seat
When I was a bub, it was all just “Chuck the kid in the back seat in the bassinet. Or just chuck them in the back seat with no seat belt”. None of this safety crap. “She’ll be right. Hell, why not let the kid drive! They need to learn some time anyway.” Every parent in the 80’s would be proud if their kid could drive by the time they got out of nappies.
How hilarious is it that in one generation, we have gone from this……..
Don’t worry about putting both hands on the wheel….it’s the 80’s!
There are rules upon rules for kids and their carseats now. Makes sense obviously. But how times have changed!!!!
I found this advertisment online yesterday and I couldn’t stop laughing. It is telling Mums to start giving their kid cola at an early age! It will make them gain acceptance and ‘fit-in’ easier when they grow up.
Ahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Crazy man. Just crazy……….
My Mum never had soft drink in the house (only on extremely rare occasions). So the only time I had it as a kid was when it was a friend’s birthday party. They thought it was best to put a dozen or so kids in one room, give them a soft drink they hardly ever had, and just watch them. As you could imagine……we bounced off the walls for hours and gave our parents plenty of laughs while they drank their wine.
These days if you give your kid a soft drink, you may as well go to jail – according to society anyway. It’s the devil’s booze and you will be frowned upon by all. How times have changed!!!!
In Australia, we have the highest rate of skin cancer anywhere in the world. Apparently the sun is hotter here. Weird. I thought everyone in the world had the same sun. But over here in Oz, it’s super deadly and you will be fried like an egg if you go outside for more than five minutes.
When I was young, we had an advertisement on TV called ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’. It was to make you aware that you had to put on sunscreen, a hat, and put on a shirt. Now, it’s advertised as ‘Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek & Slide’. They keep adding bits to it, as the sun over here is relentless and is getting more evil!
1980’s toddler outside wear was either nappy with singlet or just go naked…….
Hats were only for special occasions when I was young. Actually. I don’t think I even owned a hat until I was a teenager.
In ten years if you want your kids to go outside in the sun in Australia, this is what they will have to wear…………..
The sun will be really deadly then. How times have changed!
Back in my day, if you wanted to play or be entertained, you had this…..
It was called imagination. And I had to use it a lot.
Now a lot of the time, it’s this…..
How times have changed!!!!
Don’t be offended in any way if you are a Mother from the 1980’s or a Mother from today. I’m not having a go at you. I am simply explaining, or showing how times have changed.
All Mums do a good job no matter what the era. I just think it’s hilarious how man-kind changes their opinion and are more aware as time goes on.
It shows we learn as we go, just like our kids. Life goes on.
Can you imagine when our kids are grown up and they are having kids. What the hell is it going to be like then?? I wonder if it will be illegal to even give your kid soft drink, or even drive in a car with them (without super extra padding on their body). Oh the wonder!
If you have a childhood memory that has significantly changed to your child’s era, please SHARE in the comments below.