8 Things My Parents Let Me Do When I Was a Kid That My Kids Will NEVER Do

kid on bikeIt's a different world, I'll tell ya. With Facegram and Instabook and daily stories of horror and terror, it's hard to feel safe these days. Just like how our parents told us when we were younger, I'll tell my child eventually: It just felt safer when we were kids. That's why, according to my daughter at least, my parents were way cooler than I'll ever be as a parent. Here are 8 things my parents let me do when I was younger that my kids will never do. Sorry, little one. Them's the breaks. 

1. Go away on a spring break trip to Mexico while still in high school -- without a cellphone. My parents were cool when I was younger, but even my dad looks back on this one now kind of confused. Did they really allow me to do this? And did my three friends' parents really allow them, also? I didn't even talk to my parents every day! My kid isn't doing this when she's in high school with a cellphone. Wow, Mom and Dad.

2. Roam around in the neighborhood until dark. Again, the no cellphone thing. I wish I could let my child play out and about without me checking in until it was time for dinner, but nope. Not happening. Way too many horrifying stories of abduction out there.

3. Eat fast food. Okay, so I'm fully aware that this isn't a battle I'm always going to win, but we won't be stopping at the drive-through for fries, nuggets, and sodas after sports practices on a regular basis. Sorry!

4. Have a TV in their room. I think I was in eighth grade when I got my own television, and let me tell you: I never left my room after that. It was me, Brandon, Dylan, and Kelly Taylor all night long.

5. Have juice in my bottle or sippy cup. Details are kind of hazy on this one for me, but if I were a betting woman, I'd say I sucked down some apple juice in my toddler-hood day.

6. Trick-or-treat alone. They'll come a point when my child/children will be able to trick-or-treat alone (around 30), but until then, I'm going to be the creeper in the Scream mask behind them all night.

7. Not wear a seat belt. I definitely wore a seat belt when I was younger, but I don't recall any vehement safety checks going on before we pulled out of the driveway. My parents must have just assumed I always buckled up. But I'm pretty sure I didn't.

8. Not wear a helmet. I don't think the word "helmet" was ever brought up in my house growing up. I'm actually shocked I have the mental wherewithal to write this.

What did you do when you were younger that you won't let your children do?


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LostS... LostSoul88

Mine is not leave my children unattended at such a young age. I was walking a mile from school to home in kindergarten and was home alone a lot. I will never do that to my children. Some of the stuff above I agree to the others you're to paranoid. 

ollie... olliespunkma

my parents would put us out in the morning and all day not know where we were or what we were doing I can think of tons of stuff we did that i'm not letting my daughter do....ever

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

What worries me is what crazy and dangerous things we're oblivious to now- that our kids will know better than allow their own children to do. I bet one of them will have to do with cell phone radiation.

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

Most I can agree with, but juice? Really? Oh nos! You were given apple juice as a toddler! Your parents should be arrested for child abuse!

kelti... kelticmom

Apple juice in a bottle or sippy cup is one of the absolute worst things you can do to your child's teeth. Worse than a sucker. They basically just bathe their teeth in sugar all day.

Homeb... HomebirthFTW

No juice here, not until they're older than two and only at other people's functions. Water or milk.

pippi311 pippi311

There's a very long list of things I am doing differently than my mom. The main one is, I will not be as naive as my mother and trust everyone with my children. Anyone claiming to be a neighbor from down the street whom she's never met before could've come up to our door asking to take us kids to a movie, and she probably would've let them. I don't know if it was neglegence or extreme naivety, but her disregard for who we were with and where we were put us all in many dangerous circumstances - some that we escaped, and some that we didn't.

heydo... heydooney

Ride in the back of a pickup truck with a topper.

Cassey Noodel

@heydonney, I was just thinking about that the other day. Or riding in the back of the van with no seats on super long car rides... Man That was the best part of the whole trip!

I must be bad Momma, because my kids all get juice in their cups.... Oh wait, even the dentists compliment me on how well I take care of their teeth! :)  


Im with ya on the tv though. Not until they are much older!!! 

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