"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.

STress the Terrible
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2 years ago

Grandma neither...

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Oscar Guerrero
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2 years ago

This needs to be a new meme template

Nebraska King-Sky
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2 years ago

It REALLY does!

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trix
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2 years ago

Grandpa's like "yeah I remember the days your nan used to look like that"

Michelle Durie
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2 years ago

Nans not looking too bad😜

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okpkpkp
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2 years ago

I was 18 in 1972. I am old as dirt.

Lu
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2 years ago

Notice his legs are crossed lol.

Wanda Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

This. Is. EPIC.

MadJess Tic
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2 years ago

Love the look on Moms face!! Hahah

KT Trondsen
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2 years ago

That is disturbing on so many levels

debrina blackmoon
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2 years ago

funny tho

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SHYLAH CAFFERY
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2 years ago

oof

Slinkman
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2 years ago

Looks like a young kickapoo Jack Black

debrina blackmoon
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2 years ago

yeah lol

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Cian Thomas McHugh
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12 months ago

It IS the day when you become a man.....

Thumbs Down
Community Member
2 years ago

"Son, this is the day that you Become A Man."

Kathleen Francis
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2 years ago

beat me to it!

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Steve Cruz
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2 years ago

The father-and-son "Denim-Look" suits with "contrast stitching" and bell bottom slacks are EVERYTHING!

Mary Rose Kent
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2 years ago

With your icon, you BETTER notice!

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debrina blackmoon
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2 years ago

big bro trying to act innocent

Julieta S.
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1 year ago

Love Grandma checking out Grandpa's face

marnidarr
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1 year ago

You should've seen what went on at the bat mitzvahs.

Judith Petree
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1 year ago

I grew up reading my father's Playboy magazines.

Esther Evans
Community Member
2 years ago

Now you are a man...

ThatOneOwl
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2 years ago

If you see closely there's another magazine on top of the Playboy one.

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 years ago

Gotta Luv those ties!!!

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
2 years ago

Well of course, he's got Grandma you know..

Calum Sanderson
Community Member
2 years ago

Honestly I'm here for these fashions

ForkNBeans
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2 years ago

lol

Manuela Mea Kolarevic
Community Member
2 years ago

A very proud mom I'd say! Hahaha...

Ashley Wright
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2 years ago

What a bizarre photo.

Curious Cat
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2 years ago

Jim jones

Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

Big eyes, bid ties

Darrlyn Lloyd
Community Member
2 years ago

Big brother has just realised Granny is the enterfold.

Thumbs Down
Community Member
2 years ago

Dude! Your grandmother was 'Sailor Moon' ?!?

Valerie Wagner
Community Member
2 years ago

Hilarious! Early sex education!

Valereee
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2 years ago

Just look at his eyes !!!

Russian Otaku
Community Member
2 years ago

Clearly a joke picture

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
2 years ago

proud grandmother!

María B. Kaiser
Community Member
2 years ago

Grandpa looks like Dustin Hoffman in "Kramer vs. Kramer"

Mary Rose Kent
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2 years ago

Not even close...

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Ellie Ragsdale
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2 years ago

Those faces though. Like, "whoa! What is this?"

Linda Robinett
Community Member
2 years ago

No problem, the boy is now a man. Also Playboy was pretty tame, just naked photos.

Armando Garcia
Community Member
2 years ago

They were probably looking at an ad about food.

Donald Holder*Doc
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh the memories from when Playboy was a real magazine. And to have a hip grandmother knowing that he's probably already seen everything in it anyway.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
2 years ago

Remember, Son, just read the articles. Oh, okay, you can look at the cartoons, too.

Michelle
Community Member
2 years ago

LOL, go for it!!!!

Mya Lugar
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2 years ago

I notice she is being observant of her husbands reaction.

Schrödinger's Dog
Community Member
2 years ago

The look on their faces...Boy mesmerised, older boy shocked, grandpa mildly interested, grandma like, "Really?"

KarmaQueen
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2 years ago

Love the snide look on the mother as she looks as the father

Noodles
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2 years ago

Grandma is looking at her husband thinking "I dare you to say anything..." lol

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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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