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Yesterday, FI and I were talking about the things that our parents used to do when we were kids compared to things that parents could never get away with today. Some things that parents did back then are highly illegal now and other things just could never be done today since it’s a scary world we live in.
When I was a kid I would fly back and forth to Florida (from NY) by myself. We’re talking like 7 years old and having to maneuver various airport layovers on my own. I was always assigned a flight attendant to be my “guardian” during the flight but they apparently never thought about layovers. I remember being left alone at the Philadelphia airport and having to fend for myself. I knew better than to talk to strangers and no-one really bothered me. If there came a time when I was feeling vulnerable, I would go sit near a family and kind of blend in. Nowadays parents don’t even let their kids go to the park unsupervised, let alone get on an airplane without them.
FI remembers sitting on the floor in his parent’s truck, holding his father’s beer, as they drove around town. He didn’t even have a seat, let alone a seat belt.
What are some things that your parents did when you were younger that would never fly today?
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over loading the back seat of the suv with so many people that some of us kids had to ride in the trunk, on the floor!
Post # 4
@UpstateCait: I can’t think of something that wouldn’t fly today. It’s more of what parents LET their children get away with these days. My mom never let us sit inside to watch tv, play video games, etc. We were constantly outside playing and getting fresh air. We had a ton of chores. We weren’t spoiled with a ton of electronics. Oh, and I would NEVER be able to walk out the door wearing clothes and make up the way these pre-teens and young teenagers do these days. >.<
ETA: And the sad part is that I will be 23 next month.
Post # 5
Riding on the lake in our boat and my dad with beer in his hand. I never even knew there was such a thing as a “dry county”
Also we used to run around our neighborhood for Halloween loading up on some candy by ourselves.
Post # 6
I remember flying all over the place alone.
Or when I was 10 and my sister was 5 I’d be her chaperone.
My parents would also let us go to the movies together and then pick us up after. We’d take the dog for walks by ourselves too.
I also remember piling into the back of the car and sitting in the trunk area of the station wagon with our dogs.
They also started letting my sister and I drive the golf cart as soon as we could reach the pedals.
Post # 7
As an infant, my mother either held me in the car or, if she was driving, put me in an infant carrier which she sat on the floor of the front passenger seat. When I got a bit older, she stood me on the front passenger seat (so I could see out the windshield) and put the seat belt around me. I can remember when I was a littler oder than that I’d lie in the back window of the car, especially on long trips. Once I was old enough to be in school, I was allowed to start riding in the back of the pickup truck.
The best was when my dad was coming home from work. If I was out playing, I’d see him, run to his car, and he’d sit me on his lap and let me “drive” the car the rest of the way home. I can’t imagine getting away with that now.
Now, I don’t think you are even allowed to leave the hospital without a car seat. My parents never even bought one….nor did anyone else’s parents I knew.
Post # 8
I think it’s crazy how my parents talk about being able to play in their neighborhood and ride their bikes all over town, and their parents didn’t worry about them. Now, it’s so unsafe, no matter where you live to do that! I’m not an advocate for kids having cell phones, but it’s pretty much the only way they can have independence these days!
Post # 9
@UpstateCait: Oh I can relate to the flying thing. When I was in 3rd grade my mom moved to a different state than my dad and I had to fly back every month. Like you, on the plane I had a attendant guardian person, but my layovers were always in Atlanta Airport, which is not fun no matter how old you are, and I never had a guardian during the layover. Until 9/11. Then everything changed and I wasn’t allowed to move without a flight attendant with me.
Post # 10
I was ALWAYS outside playing, riding my bike, all over the neighborhood and to the penny candy store (yeah, I’m old enough for that). Heck, I used to ride to the grocery store for my mom to pick up odds and ends. The only rule was to be home when the streetlights came on. I would watch my brother and sister while my mom ran a quick errand round about age 9 or 10 (yeah, DSS would come calling now). We would wait in the car while our parents ran into a store right quick. Oooh, I loved laying flat on the bench seat of my mom’s Nova and rolling down into the floorboards when she stopped.
Post # 11
I spent so much time outside as a kid. My brothers and I would run around with the neighborhood kids until dark, and then play tree tag in our front yard. We had a very very limited time to play video games (half an hour before bed).
Post # 12
@napabridekelsey: Thats how my childhood was. My neighborhood was filled with kids and the days were spent riding bikes, playing hide and seek, and occasionally stopping at home during the day for a snack. We never left the neighborhood without asking permission, but for the most part we could roam free. It actually makes me sad that my kids probably wont have that same freedom because of the world we live in today :/
Post # 13
@Lames: Oh yeah, we rode our bikes EVERYWHERE. We could ride a 1/2 mile or so up the road to our friends houses without parents as long as we were home for dinner (and told my parents where we were going).
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I grew up in an apartment on a busy street, so we’d play in the alley until it got too dark to see, since there were no street lights back there and even then we’d keep playing. We’d play kickball and if it went into the gigantic garbage barrel whoever kicked it was tossed in after it. lol I made sure I never kicked the ball into it!
Post # 16
I also agree with PPs about being outside. We never really WANTED to stay inside. We’re were outside from the time we got home until the time we had to come in for dinner. Unless it was raining. Even then we’d take our lil’ inner tubes, put on our bathing suits/trunks and head out to the ditches when they filled up with water and play out there!
And that’s another one. We sat down, as a family every night and had dinner together. Eating out was a rarity. A treat.