"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

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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..

Christina Eneroth (Eneroth3)
Community Member
2 years ago

Both parents happen to fall, at the same time, away from each other. Baby is catapulted into space!

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Ed Souza
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2 years ago

A baby slingshot! how cool is that?

Petra Christovová
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2 years ago

I should laugh less on this comment lol.

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DforDorothy
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2 years ago

Hopefully their ways haven't gone in separate directions. 🔀

Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

LOL

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Ashley Say Whaat?!?
Community Member
2 years ago

I wish it was still the norm to still dress this classy for everyday outings such as this. Well, sometimes I wish that and then others I'm glad for the more modern t/::;shirt and jeans

Agent K
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2 years ago

That looks totally safe!

M.A.D.
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2 years ago

The baby already looks like it doesn't care.

Ashley Fernandes
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2 years ago

LOL that's actually awesome.

glowworm2
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2 years ago

It's cute until they start attempting to do triple toe loops and other fancy tricks.

Natasha Forchione
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2 years ago

Baby does not look amused

Kahla Wood
Community Member
2 years ago

Ice ice baby.

Valerie Wagner
Community Member
2 years ago

Hey honey, we can catapult baby into the air and see who gets to him first.! What could go wrong?

This Lil Raccoon
Community Member
2 years ago

Slingshot!

bobbifein55
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh yeah, totally safe!

Rosemary Moreland
Community Member
2 years ago

Hopefully they stayed upright!

Jeanne Wessinger
Community Member
2 years ago

I like their innovation though. Still very dangerous

Stay_B0ld
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2 years ago

EL oh EL

Him and Her Wedding Photography
Community Member
1 year ago

At some point earlier in the day, both Mum and dad had decided that THIS was the most practical way to take baby ice skating...

Cookie
Community Member
1 year ago

Granny panties are useful.

Ginny Foster-Cosby
Community Member
1 year ago

Dangerous shit and so wrong.

Siri Jørgensen
Community Member
1 year ago

Is the baby sitting in a pair of undies??

Linda Christian
Community Member
2 years ago

Sling shot

Lily Genug
Community Member
2 years ago

Her dress is amazing

Sophia Cai
Community Member
2 years ago

catapult

Dustie Delashaw
Community Member
2 years ago

😂😂😂😂😕

That kinda girl
Community Member
2 years ago

Interesting contraption....

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
2 years ago

They turn and skate in opposite directions --- TWANGGGGGGG

Peter Gonsalves
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2 years ago

After the triple axel they decided it wasn't a good idea.

Christa-Mari Bentham
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that a panty that the baby is sitting in?!

Sophia Trinh
Community Member
2 years ago

Uhhh....

ForkNBeans
Community Member
2 years ago

My mind hilariously and immediately went to a picture of the kid grabbing those straps and whipping his folks around like they were on bungee cords. Well, it was funny to me.

Ashley Wright
Community Member
2 years ago

These two must have been very confident skaters.

Rosali LC
Community Member
2 years ago

Brilliant.

Melanie Gallegos
Community Member
2 years ago

What the??

Michaela Badger
Community Member
2 years ago

😂😂😂😂

Robyn Wolf
Community Member
2 years ago

The baby's like "meh."

Viki Banaszak
Community Member
2 years ago

Life doesn't stop when you have kids!

Bonny Saxon
Community Member
2 years ago

The only thing that would make this worse as if the baby had metal skates on as well.

Jonny Chevalier
Community Member
2 years ago

how creative. that's a pair of cut offs ..right??

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
2 years ago

woohohohohooohohoho ...

Kelsey Hicks
Community Member
2 years ago

that baby looks bored as hell

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s just freakish!

Divadi Bear
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice :-)

Annamay
Community Member
2 years ago

No worries!

Anna Repp
Community Member
2 years ago

O! M! G!

Armando Garcia
Community Member
2 years ago

Professional skaters

Michelle Viala
Community Member
2 years ago

Holy cow

Rikke Hackner
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope they weren't skating on thin ice

Donald Holder*Doc
Community Member
2 years ago

WTH? Didn't people know of family helping out or the art of babysitting?

prov dawg
Community Member
2 years ago

That cameltoe though.

Kami B
Community Member
2 years ago

At least he's helping with the baby

Linda Allen
Community Member
2 years ago

This is cool.

Deanna Henderson
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok not sure about this one

NWB
Community Member
2 years ago

holy hell!!! hahaha

Trizia Norris
Community Member
2 years ago

Baby looks worried.

Oscar Guerrero
Community Member
2 years ago

The baby has accepted its inevitable fate

Leodavinci
Community Member
2 years ago

I highly doubt this was a widely used device. This may well be a photo of the only time it was used.

Sam Mitchell
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol

mark.up
Community Member
2 years ago

Mom kinda look like a Cullen

pseudosapien
Community Member
2 years ago

Ah yes, the good ol' babypult. Only to be topped by the "here's an efficient way to bash your head against the doorjamb" bouncer.

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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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