8 Things Parents Did In The 50s & 60s That They Could Never Do Today

Here are some of the things we remember our parents let us do as kids… what else do you remember?

5) Teaching Your Kids How To Use the Stove/Oven

Some of our best memories involve getting to help out in the kitchen. Spending quality time with mom was great, and getting to learn how to use certain appliances and tools was so important! While our parents weren’t irresponsible — they waited to do this until we were old enough — they recognized the value of being self-reliant. While kids today might still do this, chances are they’re more likely to use the microwave.

6) Letting Your Kids Ride in the Back of the Car

We have so many good memories of riding in the back of the station wagon during a road trip! Come to think of it, riding in a car for kids has changed in many ways. How many of you remember a time when there weren’t always seat belts in the car? We would slide around in the back seat at every sharp turn. Not only that, but who remembers getting to sit on dad’s lap and help steer while he drove?

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7) Sending Your Kids to School With Baked Goods

Now we don’t want to sound bitter, but doesn’t it seem like there are much more allergies these days? As kids, we never had to worry about peanut allergies or gluten. Our mom would bake cupcakes to bring to school for birthdays or bake sales, and our classmates loved them!

8) Spinning Your Kids Really Fast On The Merry-Go-Round

Playgrounds really were the best when we were kids. If we got a few bumps and bruises, it was worth it because of all the fun we were having! Maybe this was just us, but we fondly remember our parents spinning us around on the merry-go-round. Getting to go that fast was a blast, and the slight dizziness we felt afterwards was the cherry on top!

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We know being a parent is never easy, and we also recognize that kids these days get to experience a lot of thing we never did (like the ability to call your friend from anywhere at anytime). That said, we wouldn’t trade our childhood in for anything! Did we forget something on this list? What was your childhood like? Share your memories with us in the comments below!