In ye olden days, things like seat belts, safety and common-sense were not invented yet. Luckily some clever types have documented those “good” old days so that we can appreciate our own intensive parenting a little more.
As far as we know, no kids were harmed in the making of these images. Except they might have been. It’s very hard to know.
1. They grow up so quickly …
2. Grandma seatbelt
My mother and grandmother demonstrating safety standards in the 1960s. from r/OldSchoolCool
3. Safety, schmafety
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. from r/OldSchoolCool
4. Peak Straya
5. What could go wrong?
A couple ice skating with their baby, 1937 from r/OldSchoolCool
6. Sparklers for everyone!
My dad showing off his parenting skills 1985 from r/OldSchoolCool
7. Hello tiger!
Just A Photo of Yours Truly (at 11 yrs.) Petting a Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls it Her “Bad Parenting Moment” from r/pics
8. Owls are the new puppies
A little girl with three owls, 1925. from r/OldSchoolCool
9. Just like nanna
me at age 2 or so, stole one of my grandmas parliaments and it is unlit, grandpas bird dog looking quite concerned over the matter 1973 from r/OldSchoolCool
10. Just keep swimming
The pinnacle of parenting: 1930s swimming lesson. from r/WTF
11. Drink up!
My mom showing off her parenting skills 1978 from r/OldSchoolCool
12. No need to be alarmed, kids
Blig Blurgd from r/WTF