Parents today often find themselves scrutinized for the different choices they make as they raise their children. However, if these critics saw the ways in which children used to be raised, they would surely stop their hating. Here we have found some old-school parenting practices that just wouldn’t fly today.
1. Car seat “safety”
Here we see a baby sitting in a car seat from 1958. In addition to the fact that this baby is sitting in the front seat, these car seats were not strapped into anything. In fact, the safety of these 1950s car seats ultimately relied on the reflexes of the mother to put her arm out and stop the baby from sailing forward.
2. A young Evel Knievel
This woman should get a mom of the year award for being a literal human ramp. Nothing like getting your mom to lay on the ground so you can test out your new bike. At least her back was supported by lots of pillows and cushions.
3. A family outing spent ice skating
We’re just wondering if that’s an old pair of underwear that is holding this baby up between its parents? Nonetheless, we understand wanting to have a nice family outing, but maybe a picnic would have been a little safer than an ice skating escapade at this age.
4. A lion is a man’s best friend?
According to Reddit, this lion was cared for over two years by this young boy and his veterinarian mother. We aren’t sure what happened to this lion after these two years, but we doubt this family continued to adopt such unusual and exotic pets.
5. A royal outing
This photo may or may not be a result of bad parenting. This 1955 photograph shows 13-year-old Princess Yvonne of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn in Germany drinking a bottle of Dry Sack sherry, while her 12-year-old brother Prince Alexander sits beside her with a half-smoked cigarette. However, the children’s mother, Princess Marianne Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, who was responsible for snapping this photo, was an accomplished photographer. Most likely, this was a staged photo and the kids were not actually chugging alcohol and smoking a cigarette.
6. How they do things down under
Although this photo is full of red flags (mainly the fact that this young child is drinking a beer while holding a baby crocodile), we must admit that this Australian kid looks like he is full of swag.
7. Hang on tight!
Mountain climbers today are decked out in safety gear, ensuring that the risk of injuries is minor. Clearly, that was not always the case. Here we see a young girl whose safety harness is just a couple of ropes and holding onto her dad’s back for dear life.
8. Safety first
The car seat in this photo has a little bit more safety precautions than the first car seat featured on this list. Even still, this one doesn’t necessarily look like the safest thing for a child to be riding around in. For starters, the child still isn’t strapped into anything and could easily fly out of the seat. Also, there is absolutely no cushion whatsoever, so hopefully, the parents of this child were safe drivers.
9. Summertime swimming lessons
Today, swimming lessons typically take place in a backyard or a public pool. However, swimming lessons in inner-city Detroit in the 1960s were a little bit different. According to Reddit, this pool was called a “Swimmobile” that allowed for kids to be taught swimming in their own neighborhoods. Honestly, to us, it does seem like an innovative way to give kids a chance to learn to swim.
10. The ultimate multitasker
This mother is the definition of a multi-tasker, and we have to respect her dedication to both motherhood and household chores. Here she is with a baby strapped to her back while she uses a chainsaw to get her outdoor chores done. The baby seems to be attentive though, and no doubt grew up to be extremely comfortable around power tools.
11. The original “be home late” text
This kid must have great balance to be able to both reach the payphone and stand on his bike at the same time. Most kids today have cell phones to let their parents know where they are, but before modern smartphones were invented, kids would use payphones to let their parents know they would be home late. We are glad this kid was having so much fun with his friends, but we sure hope he didn’t fall from this balancing act and get a few scrapes and bruises.
12. That doesn’t seem to like baby formula
This sure doesn’t look like baby formula. Here we see a baby taking a sip of a Budweiser beer during the late 1970s. Although this surely can’t be the healthiest choice, at least we don’t see any cigarettes around… right?
13. A quick sip while dad isn’t looking
Here we see a kid taking a huge swig of alcohol while the adults aren’t looking. We aren’t sure how none of the card players saw this antic, or if they noticed the kid reaching for the bottle and simply just let it happen because they knew he probably wouldn’t like the taste.
14. Clearly, some strict safety precautions on ski lifts
Chairlifts certainly had a lot of safety precautions in the 1960s! Here we see a mother keeping her daughter from falling to her death on a ski lift simply by using her arm as a safety belt. We sure are glad these people are so smiley and happy in this photo, because we personally would be freaking out.
15. Playing with fire
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We understand that babies are easily distracted, but this truly is playing with fire. Sparklers are cool and all, but maybe wait until your baby has enough fine motor skills to grab a sparkler themselves before shoving one in their face.