10 Things Our Parents Let Us Do As Kids That Would Get Them Arrested Today (PHOTOS)

hippie vanPhew! We're here, and we're still alive. It's hard to believe we made it this far though, what with the crazy way our parents raised us. There were no helicopter parents or Tiger Moms, no baby monitors or preschool admission tutors; they were just moms and dads doing what they thought best. 

Looking back though, what they thought best was pretty dang scary in many cases. If we followed in their footsteps today, we'd have CPS on our doorstep in heartbeat ... or at least a judgy mom in our face. I recently polled some friends and family to find out what kinds of crazy things their parents let them/made them do when they were young, and they came up with some doozies. See if you recognize any that your own parents did, and add any new ones in the comments.

What's the craziest thing your parents did when you were young that could get someone arrested today?

 

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nonmember avatar Lily

YUP! I loved being a kid in the 80's! Damn shame my little ones are missing out!!!! hahahaha

Teal Chastain Blacksten

I'm not even 30 yet, and I always rode in the front seat and often without a seatbelt. I don't think I used a car seat past the age of 2 or 3.

LostS... LostSoul88

Yup I grew up in the 90s and I did most of those

Coles... Coles_mom

Well, I'm a 70s kid and my parents did all of these things....except the hippies. That's weird. I can remember jumping from front to back seats in the car playing tag with my brother while my mom rode shotgun with my infant brother breastfeeding him...all while driving down the highway at 70mph. I honestly don't even think our car HAD seatbelts and we never owned any type of carseat. 

femal... femaleMIKE

I never had a car seat.  I went home from the hospital in my mothers arms in the front seat.  She was strict and over protective, so I wasn't allowed off my front porch.

Jespren Jespren

A few of these are illegal today (mostly the ones having to do with driving), but other than that not only did I do it my kids are not somehow too stupid/fragile/immature to do the very same things I was perfectly capable of. Yep, they'll be staying home alone, being sent to the grocery store, babysittings others, and playing outside even with *gasp* people I haven't fingerprinted or done background checks on.

Never... Never.A.Mom

Riding the car in the open trunk. My late uncle used to fill up the car with as many kids as he could possibly stuff there to take us to the beach or river.


Where we - gasp - swam alone with no floating devices.


Anyway, we're all alive and doing well.

nonmember avatar monica

I was born in the 80's.. my brother would watch all of the kids when he was 13. There were 4 of us ages 7-a toddler. Nothing ever happened to us. My husband still thinks we can leave our kids alone in a few years...

ollie... olliespunkma

wish you could still let kids run around & enjoy exploring,we were put out the door in the morning & nobody eavan knew what we were up to all day long

SamNS... SamNStefanMommy

I was left to babysit my 2 younger brothers, starting at age 4. Would I do that today? Definitely not. But my mom did what she had to do to make ends meet, and that included working 3 jobs when her and my stepdad seperated. 

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