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Parenting Then & Now: How Grandma Raised Kids vs. How We Do

Parenting Back Then

Car seats were... wait, what car seats!?

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Here's how people react if your child's chest clip on their car seat isn't armpit to armpit:

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Parenting Back Then

Moms and dads happily let their kiddos ride around town on their bikes without helmets.

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Without helmets?!?!?!?!

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Parenting Back Then

Long car rides with kids were the ultimate test in patience for parents. Why? No iPads.

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Wait, there are kids in the car?

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Parenting Back Then

No one thought twice about smoking in a poor baby's face.

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Smoking near a baby equals:

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Parenting Back Then

No one gave much thought to how moms chose to feed their babies.

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Breastfeeding versus bottle feeding is more divisive than religion.

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Parenting Back Then

Date nights were a time to reconnect and enjoy time without the kids.

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Date nights are a time to feel guilty and check the phone every 10 minutes to make sure the kids are OK.

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Parenting Back Then

Kids were free to roam their neighborhoods unattended—and without cell phones!

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Kids are free to roam their neighborhoods unattended... in a fenced-in, 10-square-foot area.

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Parenting Back Then

Moms kinda winged it when it came to stuff they weren't familiar with.

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One word: Google.

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Parenting Back Then

Moms got all their ideas from friends and their favorite ladies' magazine.

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One word: Pinterest.

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Parenting Back Then

Moms never really felt bad about their parenting. They were doing a good job!

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Two words: social media

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Parenting Back Then

All moms were just...moms.

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Moms now fall into the helicopter, free-range, or attachment parenting category.

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Moms gave their kids a pat on the head for a job well done.

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Moms post their kids' jobs well done to Facebook.

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