"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..

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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
Community Member
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.

Diver Driver
Community Member
2 years ago

ROFLMAO!!! Good one!

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Wanda Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

hahahaha I remember sitting up there to ride with my mom. no baby seat though. those were for weaklings. *pops a can of spinach open with one hand and flexes muscle with anchor tattoo.....and don't downvote me just because you're too young to get it :p )

Kimberly Puchniarz
Community Member
2 years ago

Now that is really cool! Never saw one like this! Great share!

Sheri Lattimer
Community Member
2 years ago

BORN TO BE WILD!!

Mike B
Community Member
2 years ago

Helmets? What are you, a commie pinko?

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
2 years ago

Baby gets the safest seat... and full wind screen. the other two need glasses.

bpanther
Community Member
2 years ago

What a ruggedly handsome dad and mums a cutie too !!

Mary Rose Kent
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2 years ago

I agree about mom—she’s really pretty.

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Mya Lugar
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2 years ago

"Teensy Rider"

meow point1
Community Member
2 years ago

If Fonzie had a baby, he might do this.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 years ago

This is probably safer than what you see in other countries where the kid is just seated between the parents.

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

And often without a helmet, because they don't usually produce baby-sized ones.

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Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

My favorite leather jackets

Louise Brigance
Community Member
2 years ago

And that little Bunny helmet will offer tons of protection!

Viki Banaszak
Community Member
2 years ago

Well at least you weren't in the bug zone.

Valerie Wagner
Community Member
2 years ago

Live free or die.

Sgraham
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s obviously not a Harley.

Donald Holder*Doc
Community Member
2 years ago

No helmuts, goggles or gloves. Can't see feet, but willing to bet that at least she isn't wearing boots either.

ForkNBeans
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2 years ago

Well, at least the dad courteously placed the kid behind the bug shield.

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Donald Holder*Doc
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2 years ago

Not only a baby seat but no helmuts, no goggles, gloves and can't see shoes, but willing to bet they weren't wearing boots either.

Cat on a bike
Community Member
2 years ago

also helmets are optional as it is in almost every coastal city/vacation point around the world 🤣

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

Don’t try that in California!

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Maggie Smith
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2 years ago

In 1948, I was my parent's 3rd child. Dad was a Harley mechanic. When he brought me and Mom home from the hospital, it was on the back of a Harley. After my brother was born in 1949, Dad built a side-car for his bike. I'm 70 now and still ride my own motorcycle.

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
2 years ago

Bet they got that rubber band safety belt too

Shauna Mañana
Community Member
2 years ago

I would use one today! lol That’s awesome!!! Just get the tyke a helmet

okpkpkp
Community Member
2 years ago

Who needs helmets?

Christina Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

My dad simply drove with me sitting directly on the gas tank, protected by the fact of his arms fencing me in as he grinned the handlebars. I was comfortable like that (between ages 3-5), until my mom thought it was unsafe and demanded that I sit behind dad! I was scared to death sitting behind dad, where my tiny hands couldn't get a good grip on the back of his jacket, and there was no possible way otherwise to hold on! Every time we leaned into a turn, I screamed that I was going to fall off! So he said I was too little then to ride with him. 😥

ForkNBeans
Community Member
2 years ago

Moms just don't understand

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Azziza
Community Member
2 years ago

Nothing can go wrong with this setup.

Janice Seagraves
Community Member
2 years ago

We didn't even have that.

Jari Puranen
Community Member
2 years ago

Visit asia and notice how usually that happed there today!

Shary Vasquez
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh please, that's how it's still done in third world countries!!

Deanna Henderson
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow no way

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
2 years ago

i guess helmets were optional

John Dobson
Community Member
2 years ago

About as safe as riding with no helmet

THEPS
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow and no helmets. lol

jknbt jknbt
Community Member
2 years ago

pure fun!

Doc Thissen
Community Member
2 years ago

Kinda puts Honda's slogan to shame, doesn't it? ("You meet the nicest people on a Honda.")

Luis Milian
Community Member
2 years ago

he looks like Michael Shannon

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Die-o-restraint.

Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago

Why does the adult male look 1 so much older than the pinion rider ? 2 look a bit distressed? When they are clearly stopped.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
2 years ago

He’s a handsome dude, though. And what’s the big deal with the age difference?

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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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