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23 Things Parents Used To Do That Would Get Major Side-Eye Today

Clearly there were no sanctimommies back in the day.

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Ilana Wiles from the blog Mommy Shorts asked her readers to share photos of things their parents did back in the day that would raise some serious eyebrows today.

Things like...

1. Let their kids ride bikes without helmets.

2. Take a lackadaisical attitude about babyproofing.

"I should take that ax out of the family room one of these days, huh?" —their dad, probably
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"I should take that ax out of the family room one of these days, huh?" —their dad, probably

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3. Hold their newborns in their laps on the ride home from the hospital.

4. Put their baby's bouncer on top of the stove.

5. Take photos of their kids posed in precarious positions.

And there wasn't even social media to share them on!
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And there wasn't even social media to share them on!

6. Give their kids cigarettes to pretend to smoke with.

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7. Take their kids mountain climbing on the side of a cliff.

8. Attach car seats with rope.

Something tells me this isn't up to the NHTSA's Child Passenger Safety standards.
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Something tells me this isn't up to the NHTSA's Child Passenger Safety standards.

9. Take their kids onto boats without life jackets.

10. Teach 3-year-olds how to shoot guns.

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11. Let their kids play with metal-tipped lawn darts.

These kids still have the scars to prove it.
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These kids still have the scars to prove it.

12. Ply their kids with alcohol.

13. Drive their kids around in the back of a truck.

14. Decorate the baby room with rifles.

I wonder if you can register for those at Babies 'R' Us.
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I wonder if you can register for those at Babies 'R' Us.

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15. Pose their kids with sketchy-looking monkeys.

16. And totally safe tigers.

This tiger later mauled its trainer.
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This tiger later mauled its trainer.

17. Use whatever this is for a car seat.

18. Or not use a car seat at all.

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19. Send their littles out onto the lake in a poorly inflated raft.

What's the worst that could happen?
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What's the worst that could happen?

20. Take sledding to the next level.

21. Let their kids go paragliding in a harness meant for a 210-pound man.

22. Ride with their baby on the back of a Harley.

23. And, lastly, drive their kids around on a sofa balanced atop their car.

Save this photo and look at it the next time you're feeling like a bad parent.
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Save this photo and look at it the next time you're feeling like a bad parent.

See more of these photos on Mommy Shorts here and here, or submit one of your own here.