23 Vintage Photos Of Old-School Parenting That Would Never See Today

“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, despairing of 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. Although the world might seem like a more dangerous place now, kids of previous generations had to make their own entertainment, 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 every little issue or, alternatively, guilt and stress them out for giving kids too much freedom to learn from their own mistakes.

To celebrate the more eccentric approaches of old-school parenting, we here 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

#2 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

#3 My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

#4 California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture

#5 My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

#6 A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

#7 Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

#8 Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped Into Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward

#9 Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That’s How Parents Rolled In The Early ’80s

#10 The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

#11 My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old

#12 My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

#13 Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

#14 My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

#15 A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982)

#16 My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

#17 Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

#18 My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

#19 Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

#20 13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954

#21 My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970’s

#22 My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

#23 Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her “Bad Parenting Moment”