There’s no question life is different for children today than when we were little. Our kids wear helmets, seat belts and aren’t subjected to alcohol or cigarettes in the womb.
But home life before our own childhoods was even more dramatically different than what our children experience, and not just because those before us had BPA in their bottles and slept in drop-side cribs adorned with bumpers.
Take a look at just a few ways parenting has dramatically evolved over the past century:
Punishments 1 of 5These days, when we tell our children we're going to feed them to the alligators if they don't clean their rooms/wash their hands/eat their dinner, we don't mean it literally.
Gas Masks 2 of 5If our little ones need gas masks in 2013, we will go to great lengths to ensure their gas masks actually fit.
Pipes 3 of 5Children and farm animals are fine
Children smoking pipes are not.
Zoos 4 of 5These days, we prefer our children observe zoo animals from the viewing side of a protective enclosure, not from underneath the animals' crushing blow.
Toys 5 of 5Bestowing upon children heaps of toys is timeless.
Heaping toys on top of children is so last century.
All images used with permission from Retronaut.com
More from Meredith on Babble’s Toddler blog:
- 10 Signs You’re Madly and Hopelessly, if Not Oddly, in Love with Your Toddler
- 7 Ways Toddlers and 39-Year-Olds are Pretty Much the Same People
- The Thing I Waited 16 Months and 6 Days to do with My Toddler