"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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Meh, we did this all the time when I was a kid and I turned out just fi– wait...

Parmeisan
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1 year ago

Thank you for the insight, CrunChewy McSandybutt...

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Seth Stephens
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1 year ago

This picture is from 1954?

April Simnel
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1 year ago

If it's Kodachrome 35mm film, yes, it would look that good. That film was so great, Paul Simon wrote a song about it in the 70s.

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WaitingtokissGregDavis
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1 year ago

In the UK it's legal for a child to drink alcohol in their own home as long as they are at least five years old. Probably dates back from when the water was foul and everyone drank ale instead.

Paul White
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1 year ago

looks like they are playing Pitch. What a game.

Calum Sanderson
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1 year ago

This honestly looks like it was taken yesterday

Mairlady
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1 year ago

does anyone out there ever play card games anymore? it was a social event for the adults, and a play time with the neighbor hood kids!

Sam Mitchell
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1 year ago (edited)

The only time my brother ever got told off for drinking was when he helped himself to the wine cupboard. Dad said, 'I don't mind you drinking my wine, just ask me before you help yourself to the good stuff'. He'd been saving that bottle. I used to tuck myself up into bed with a poor man's Baileys when I was a kid: Milk and brandy.

Wanda Queen
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1 year ago

that's still how we roll in upstate NY for the record....

C.S.
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1 year ago

before phones and before tvs were the center of your house.

Fei Gao
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1 year ago

1990s we went to shop and bought beer for growup. And drunk the bubbles before growup started drinking. I was 5. Guess back then Alcohol really not much restricted

Sandy J Renfroe
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1 year ago

My ex-husband's family

CousinFish
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1 year ago

Joannie Loves Chachi

Gabby M
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1 year ago

1962 ( I was 2) after a party my parents had...I woke up and finished everything left in glasses ... passed out for the day lol

Ashley Wright
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1 year ago

Mind your kid, people.

Viki Banaszak
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1 year ago

Is that Joanie and Chochie???

Sgraham
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1 year ago

Twelve year old sister waiting her turn.

Bill
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1 year ago

Tastes like mommys kisses

Gyan Ranjan Pruthal
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1 year ago

Did the kid become a dad at the age of 13,and started drinking? I'm confused by the caption.

Nia Loves Art
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1 year ago

No, it’s the posters dad at age 13.

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Donald Holder*Doc
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1 year ago

What us he having a taste of?

gregory ryan (grenu)
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1 year ago

Isn't this pretty much normal nowadays as well... At 13, it's normal to have a taste as long as the adults take care not to let you have too much. The picture is funny though

Steve Cruz
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1 year ago

"Wanna take that bottle in the basement and see what happens when we spin it around?"

Victor Manteca Hierro
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1 year ago

The color quality in this pic is awesome to be from the 50s.

Gayle McDonald
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1 year ago

dersss shomshing wrong werth thish lemonade

Linda Matheny
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1 year ago

OMG this was so fun to look at. Brings back happy memories!

debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago

sis(?) won't snitch-waiting her turn

JV
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1 year ago

Not sure it's 1954. Was the picture colorized?

Jyri Hakola
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1 year ago

Color slide films have been on market since 1930’s

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MoodyBlue
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1 year ago

Instant regret incoming.

Freya the Wanderer
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1 year ago

My father let me and my brother drink at home, but only a half bottle of Moosehead to start.

Armando Garcia
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1 year ago

Wonder who won

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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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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