"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*

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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.

Alicia Rogers
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1 year ago

Don’t forget the awesome mullet!

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Aramis
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1 year ago

just a sparkler, not that bad.

Uwe Theiss
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1 year ago

You do know how hot this things can be? You also know that kids that age touch and taste everything? And next to a small kid with a cigarette is also no good idea. Today we should know.

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Valereee
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1 year ago

We would run through the house with the sparklers... I still remember how they burned 😖

Lu
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1 year ago

Back when there wasn't enough fabric to make full length t-shirts!

Corrine Bayline
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1 year ago

That crop top though :)

Rosali LC
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1 year ago

We all handled those. Our babies still do, lol.

Kristin Malliet
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1 year ago

Yes, let’s give the one who puts everything in her mouth fire on a stick.

Louise Brigance
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1 year ago

Oh how sweet...dropping ashes on kid's head while handing the little tyke a flaming stick. I see no problems here.

ForkNBeans
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1 year ago

LOL kids heads made great ashtrays in a pinch.

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Gregg V
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1 year ago

No mullet?

Steve Cruz
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1 year ago

... then the baby reached for the sparkly ball...

NWB
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1 year ago

I am so here for that crop top@

Mr. Bean
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1 year ago

is- is that a crop top?? (sorry gen z here)

Driftwood Moon
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11 months ago

This is a photo of my father and I !

Jenn
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1 year ago

"Showing off his parenting skills" was a brilliant turn of phrase! ;'D

Mary Popps
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1 year ago

Janitor from Scrubs ? 2ntWJn.gif 2ntWJn.gif

webbkitten
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1 year ago

is that Jeff Foxworthy?

Patricia Stieber
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1 year ago

Here kid, I just lit the sparkler with my cig. Don't be a whoos now, hold it! lol

Jace
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1 year ago

I didn’t like sparklers much as a teen. Those sparks burn anyone.

Sandy J Renfroe
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1 year ago

He's handing the kid a lit sparkler

How to produce sarcasim
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1 year ago

*Baby is unimpressed*

WhatEvenIsLife
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1 year ago

That. Out. Fit. Though.

nazan fidan
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1 year ago

LOL

Bettina Jansen
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1 year ago

are't these the dangerless sparkles that are cold when they touch you ?

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

Why no...no they are not!

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Deanna Henderson
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1 year ago

Like the midriff top

Jenny Lorenz
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1 year ago

And the fashion award goes to........

N S
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1 year ago

would not want to be that mans grandson, what an absolute bore tit my father would be.

THEPS
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1 year ago

Now that there is a winner.......

Nia Loves Art
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1 year ago

I don’t think this one has anything to do with the time period.

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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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