"Back in my day, we used to walk 5 miles to school in sub-zero temperatures without batting an eyelid. Not like you spoiled little brats these days!" We all have an older relative who says things like this about raising kids. They are despairing the coddled youth with their smartphones, crappy music, and parents that seemingly can't say no to their every demand.

And you know what? They might actually have a point on the parenting styles of today. Although the world might seem like a more dangerous place now with higher safety standards required, kids of previous generations had to make their own entertainment. They had to learn to look after themselves from a younger age and take far more risks while doing so. Parents didn't have things like Mumsnet to help them with parenting tips, alternatively, guilt and stress them out for letting kids go out of the safe environments and learn from their own mistakes.

To celebrate the eccentric approaches of old-school parenting and child safety, we here at Bored Panda have put together a list of parents and their kids doing things that would horrify the mommy and daddy bloggers and Instagrammers of today. What's your opinion on the evolution of parenting over the years? Scroll down below to check out the vintage photos for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

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

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

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Raven Collins
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1 year ago

Australian levels check out ✔💯

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#2

My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

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Biljana Malesevic
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1 year ago

This makes me uncomfortable.

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#3

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

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

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

That's one strong mom

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#4

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

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

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Groovy baby!

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#5

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

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

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Aramis
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1 year ago

your mum is cooler then i will ever be also cute lion

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#6

Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

If I was in Germany in 1955 I'd need a drink and a cigarette too.

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#7

A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

So many possibilities how this can go horrificly wrong..

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#8

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

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

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Aaron W
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1 year ago

I hung in bars too when I was little. Then they wouldn't let me back in until I was 20 - I must have been a rough toddler.

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#9

The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

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Bobby's Girl
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1 year ago

My father threw me into Tampa Bay. I was about 3 years old. I learned to swim in a hurry, because there were scary things swimming around in that water! Google "Horseshoe Crab" and you'll understand.

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#10

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

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

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Aaron W
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1 year ago

Before physics was invented.

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#11

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

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

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Hans
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1 year ago

Grandpa is not impressed, he has seen it all.

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#12

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

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

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AloofFox
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1 year ago

*internal screaming*

Bluebell Rizzi
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1 year ago

*external screaming*

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

This picture has been sliced divorce style.

Care
Community Member
1 year ago

I think you mean parent trap style ;)

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Ingrid
Community Member
1 year ago

I have a pic sitting next to trained circus bear without any restrains - remember not being amused by animal abuse even back then when I was 5. Haven't set my foot to circus since then

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
1 year ago

There are circus without animals. You should try them!

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Lorenz Pacis
Community Member
1 year ago

Both dangerous AND cruel.

Master Markus
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, whenever non-humans show up in these kinds of pictures I get wary because if there's one thing that's improved since these times it's animal welfare in more places.

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Phillip Ranglin
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1 year ago

I want to know WHICH EX GOT CUT OUT OF THIS PICTURE

Wanda Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

Huh. I see she's since unfriended whomever was guiding the bear. That's how they unfriended people in those days, dontchaknow.....

Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

Well that's a mother in law you want to keep on your good side ;)

Charlotte Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

so so sad and the fact that today bears STILL endure cruelty in bile farms and zoos, it is so sad that we still haven't totally woken up. Humans really are the scum of the earth

ThatRandomMofo
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone had a divorce

Betsy Steinhart
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor bear.

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor bear.

Diana Hockley
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor bear. One slip and it would have been murdered.

Ellie Ragsdale
Community Member
1 year ago

I think that would be cute if it wasn't so unsafe. Also notice the adult cut out if the picture. Like, an adult could simply delete all evidence of someone else.

Agent K
Community Member
1 year ago

So who's cut out of the pic?

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Probably chewed out of the pic—just sayin’.

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EM
Community Member
6 months ago

Lemme guess, Russia?

Laura G
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor bear.

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow--and bearback too!

Mark À Irvine
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1 year ago

the only way!

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Missy Finley
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1 year ago

Your grandmother is infinitely cooler thsn I will ever be.

Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh god..........

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
Community Member
7 months ago

Who's that lady, riding my mother?

TESSA DAVENPORT
Community Member
7 months ago

I don’t know what to say about this besides holy 💩

C.S.
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone didn't like Dad int he picture?

Mary Popps
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow !

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
1 year ago

Ride that pretty bear

Sophia Trinh
Community Member
1 year ago

Actually.... I sorta played with one when I was nine

ForkNBeans
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG, poor bear. I mean seriously, those animals were so abused and mistreated.

Alex Craig
Community Member
1 year ago

Your MIL is adorable, yet I can't help but wonder why you have major goose pimples?

Bob Constans
Community Member
1 year ago

holy crap!

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

Bear was probably declawed, de toothed, and drugged.

Benj
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1 year ago

"and Daddy makes thr..."

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
Community Member
1 year ago

bet that bear ate that kid two seconds later

MadMax-1
Community Member
1 year ago

So much can go wrong . . .

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

Mogly girl !

Divadi Bear
Community Member
1 year ago

Scary !!

Mairlady
Community Member
1 year ago

POOR BEAR!

Linda Robinett
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor bear. I have never heard of this being a thing.

LeilaM Hogan60
Community Member
1 year ago

She's a bad*ss

Rikke Hackner
Community Member
1 year ago

did the photo give you goose bumps?

Roland Scales
Community Member
1 year ago

O'Brien's law of molecular exchange suggests that your mother-in-law would have acquired some of the bear's behavioural traits and vice versa.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

Early photoshop...

Ron Zepplin
Community Member
1 year ago

those goosebumps!

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Or possibly shaving bumps

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Quinn Alexander
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1 year ago

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Linda Allen
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1 year ago

That's one brave little girl!

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 year ago

Normally, they would put the child on the bear AFTER it was made into a rug!(back then..in the days of furs popularity)

John Dobson
Community Member
1 year ago

Like any child would given a chance

Eli
Community Member
1 year ago

Mmmm looks funn

whatupguys1
Community Member
1 year ago

must be russian :v

Michelle
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL, wow, cool!!!

Deanna Henderson
Community Member
1 year ago

Not

Leodavinci
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1 year ago

Love how everyone automatically assumes it was a live bear.

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#13

Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Safety first! Remember to properly attach the baby seat with the convenient succion cups to the gas tank before putting your baby in it.

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#14

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

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

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Hans
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1 year ago

Bubblegum cigarettes still were a thing in the 80s. :)

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#15

My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

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karen snyder
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1 year ago

And his Awesome fashion choices. Cut off tummy top, micro running shorts and Sears Roebuck velcro kicks was my go to in '85 too! but he tops it off with that cherry Tom Selleck stash. Your dad is a legend.

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#16

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

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

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Shelp
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1 year ago

Excuse my ignorance, but ... What is wrong with chicken?

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#17

Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

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Adele Maestranzi
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1 year ago

We had one when we were kids. There was the button in the middle for the horn.

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#18

My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

what no cigarette? well she tried..

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#19

Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

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Diver Driver
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1 year ago

Ha cigar is backwards!

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#20

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

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

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 year ago

Meh, we did this all the time when I was a kid and I turned out just fi– wait...

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#21

My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970's

My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970's

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Poor lion : (

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#22

My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

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Armando Garcia
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1 year ago

I'm scared for that bear, it's gonna fall.

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#23

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

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

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

From the infamous Thai temple tiger farm. https://www.traffic.org/news/thai-seizure-of-a-dozen-captive-tigers-resurrects-farming-threat/

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