"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
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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/

Magpie
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2 years ago

Thank you for the link. Sad.

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Dani
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2 years ago

This is just not okay

depicus
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2 years ago

The treatment these poor animals go through for "entertainment" is horrific.

Marika Stanway
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2 years ago

Forgot to mention, drugged out of his head plus probably teeth pulled out-tiger... I HATE this.

Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
2 years ago

Poor tiger...

Ruby
Community Member
2 years ago

I remember you could touch (and feed) killer whales trapped in a tiny 'petting pool' at Sea World in the 1970s early 80s.

Just JoLynn
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2 years ago

I got to do that, can't remember if it was late 80s or early 90s. The trainers had us pet their tongues and I was a little to short so I had to lean into the tank to do it!

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Steve Cruz
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2 years ago

Looks like tiger has no teeth. Claws are probably gone, too.

Signe Manat Hansen
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2 years ago

It clearly has canines.

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David Prescott
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1 year ago

Wow. Those were rough times. I grew up in Detroit in the 60's. We were three doors down from a park where I could go and play. I could so many blocks in this direction, so many blocks in the other direction, just come home when the street lights came on. We walked to school - by ourselves - without parents monitoring our every step. We could play on the playground equipment, jungle gyms, slides, etc., all without someone to make sure we didn't hurt ourselves, each other, set the world on fire, etc. I remember all the kids that were killed by such recklessness....except that no one ever was. Oh the humanity!!!!

Cookie
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2 years ago

Those tigers are drugged.

Jenn
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, only having one "moment" to point to is pretty impressive! :)

Denise Cropper
Community Member
2 years ago

I do appreciate the fact you shared these photos with us. Parents have definitely changed over the years.

Sandy J Renfroe
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2 years ago

It's mouth... Bigger than the kid's head...

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

Lucky he did not get upset at that moment

Alex Craig
Community Member
2 years ago

Not exactly a bad parenting moment more a cruel and torturous operator. They are chained and drugged these poor majestic beasts.

Bea Biechowiak
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2 years ago

My mother and her brother on the bike, in the middle of the road, while daddy "is watching" IMG-201611...25b8a2.jpg IMG-20161126-WA0008-5cd456825b8a2.jpg

Bea Biechowiak
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2 years ago

My Mom on the bike with her brother, in the middle of the road, while daddy "is watching" IMG-201611...16fe8e.jpg IMG-20161126-WA0008-5cd456116fe8e.jpg

Malou Hedlund
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2 years ago

yeah its easy to peta a tiger when they are drugged...

Bell Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't worry, poor thing was drugged.

Mairlady
Community Member
2 years ago

These poor animals, no activist groups out there then to Protect The Animals from Human abuse!

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
2 years ago

at least you knew which part to keep an eye on.

Eric Lafleur
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2 years ago

Don't worry. It was probably stoned shtless so it wouldn't maul paying tourists.

Mr. Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

good boy :)

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 years ago

Somewhere there is a similar photo of me sitting with an equally large tiger. The only difference is that she was dying, and on the floor of the sanctuary owner's living room being tended to.

Bree Manning
Community Member
2 years ago

Are the tigers free now?

Bree Manning
Community Member
2 years ago

This is sad

Linda Robinett
Community Member
2 years ago

There are places in Thailand, that have tigers. I think you can still pet them.

LeilaM Hogan60
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2 years ago

woah, i wish i could've pet a tiger

tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

The tiger called it lunch.

Elizabeth
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2 years ago

at least that tiger looks well fed

elfin
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2 years ago

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As it turned out it was a good parenting moment because you are uninjured and have known what it is to pet a tiger. A lot of parenting really is down to chance.

TwiceRice23
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2 years ago

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At least we treat animals better these days... usually.

Jill Hodgson
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2 years ago

No we don't!! Tigers are still drugged and chained, elephants whipped into submission for rides, donkeys carrying tourists beaten when they drop from exhaustion, marine animals trapped in tiny pools, bulls slowly tortured to death, African beasts killed for trophies, domestic dogs bred for fighting..... et al

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Brittany Tarazewich
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These kids and wild animals are funny. Theres a picture of my brother and I with a baby lion when we were 6 & 8.

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
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2 years ago

Not at all really, the animals are beat into submission and drugged up to the eyeballs, it is an living hell for the creatures.

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