It’s easy to say that this generation is very different from the one that came before it. Older people are always telling us that today’s parents are too nice to their kids and that when they were young, they didn’t mind being hit for misbehaving or teased for being left-handed. This is something that older people say all the time. In today’s world, this way of thinking won’t get you very far.

There are a lot of old pictures that show what it was like to be a child before digital cameras. Today, things are very different for both children and their parents, as shown by these photos.


Happy hour

“Me Back In 1991 Just Your Typical Aussie Kid Drinking Xxxxlight Beer (I Wasn’t Aloud Heavies Back Then) And Holding A Baby Crocodile.”

Just an infant drinking beer. So not cool!


Pet lion

“My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970’s.”


This kid is having a taste.

“13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954.”


Just casually smoking a cigar.

“Me again, 1958, relaxing after my bath with Toby, I was never again this cool.”


Bud baby

“My mom showing off her parenting skills, 1978.”

Sparklers? Sure!

“My dad showing off his parenting skills, 1985.”

Never too early for a cigarette

“A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982).”

A light read

“My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972.”

Very unsafe driving conditions

“Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped In To Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward.”

Those don’t seem like fish

“The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson.”

Baby at a bar

“Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That’s How Parents Rolled In The Early ’80s.”

More drinking and smoking

“Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955.”

Another pet lion

“My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959.”

Marijuana initiative rally

“California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture.”

Run over mom

“If Your Mum Didn’t Lay On The Ground Making Herself Into A Ramp For Your New BMX, Did She Even Love You? 1980’s.”

Safety standards

“My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s.”

Ice skating baby

“A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937.”

Riding a bear

“My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old.”

Harley baby

“Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962.”

A smoke right after giving birth

“My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken.”

A legit car seat

“Back In The Day. 1960s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat.”

Don’t fall


“Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her ‘Bad Parenting Moment.’”

Statue of Liberty

This mother and her child posed for a picture next to the Statue of Liberty… Even before it had been taken out of the box.


No bad thoughts

Back when this advice was given, it seems like expecting mothers were told not to think anything bad. People thought that if they did that, their child would turn out to be a burden on society.


No lefties

People also used to think that being left-handed was a sign of bad morals. In order to fix the damage, they would put a cast on the patient’s left hand so that they couldn’t use it. This was obviously painful, and in today’s world, it would never fly.


No cuddling


Also, people thought that parents shouldn’t show their kids too much love. No extra kisses or hugs will be given… God bless, that fashion trend is finally over!


Choose wisely

Back then, parents had to use their own judgment when choosing a name for their children. Soft names were strictly forbidden. What does it mean to have a “soft name”? In today’s world, that would never work.

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Unsafe biking

We just want to say that we don’t think that small child should be on the back of that bike.


Passenger seat

A young child shouldn’t sit on such a seat in the first place. At this rate, she won’t be able to keep her feet on the ground for long.


If these pictures got out today, the parents in question would probably go to jail. Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.