"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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

That's one strong mom

Oscar Guerrero
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2 years ago

Mom's are strong in general

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Withnail
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh man, my mom didn't love me!

We Were On A Break!
Community Member
2 years ago

This should be first! Mom of the year!

ember avery
Community Member
2 years ago

i guess my momma don't love me then

ANDREA SERRANO MORALES
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2 years ago

mine dont truly luv me either, dont worry aarsy ur not the only one in this world

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trix
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2 years ago

The real question is, did you pay for your mum's plastic surgery after you flattened her face?

Deanna Henderson
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2 years ago

Mom your the best

Warren Doud
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2 years ago

It's "LIE" on the ground. Tsk!

marnidarr
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1 year ago

Oh, no way! Wonder what the after picture looked like? Bet she got a broken nose.

Judith Petree
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1 year ago

Hilarious

Jenn
Community Member
2 years ago

Hahahahaha! Why?!?! ;'D

C.S.
Community Member
2 years ago

before we had pads and helmets, my generation wrecked on their bikes in short shorts and tennies.

Paul Ellul
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2 years ago

And no helmet 😉

Alexa Sciarratta
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2 years ago

😂😂😂😂😂

Theresa Culp
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2 years ago

Jason culpa.did you mom love you back then lol!!!

Shannon Oliver
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2 years ago

So awesome!!

Beckita Moore
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2 years ago

Sandy J Renfroe
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2 years ago

Fingers!?

Alex Craig
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2 years ago

Mum is a legend.

Brad Evans
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2 years ago

Ahah... That's so cute!

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
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2 years ago

I know some moms are doormats to their kids, but geez....

Bonny Saxon
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the second attempt. She decided she needed a second pillow...

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
2 years ago

breathtaking !!! Now this is a thrilling challenge for the boy !!!

No
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2 years ago

And the mom.

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Sgraham
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2 years ago

Notice the trailers in the background.

WhatEvenIsLife
Community Member
2 years ago

I would laugh in my child's face if he asked me to do this.

Rikke Hackner
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2 years ago (edited)

today they called hover moms, back then Ramp moms! Nee fok Marilize

Donald Holder*Doc
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

OMG! WHY? Why don't you just build a ramp, all you need is either a cinder block or a couple 4x4s. This is just crazy. What if you hit her hands, or not hit the middle of the board, is she strong enough on both arms for only say the left to take all the weight?! My mom helped us but not like this!

Albrecht Von Heyden-Linden
Community Member
2 years ago

yippie kah yeah

Michelle
Community Member
2 years ago

LOL, WOW, my bitch of a step mother never did that.

Curious Cat
Community Member
2 years ago

nice ribs kid. ahahaha

Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 years ago

It's LIE ON THE GROUND, not lay, for chrissakes!

TheExtremeSmell
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2 years ago

She’s laying in her back so her son can ride on top of her. Chickens lie eggs

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Mark Kelly
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2 years ago

Well, not sure why since all you need piece of wood,

KarmaQueen
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2 years ago

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Back end of tiring smashing her head.

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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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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