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7 Ways Toddler Parenting Is Different Today Than It Was For My Parents

toddler with iphone

10 years ago, he would've been holding a book.

You know you’re old when you hear yourself saying “When I was your age…”

It’s enough to send you directly to Forever 21 to buy some wildly inappropriate outfit. Maybe that’s just me.

With all the changes in the world today in regards to safety, technology, and social norms, it’s no wonder that toddler parenting has had to make shifts as well.  As much as we all try to keep things simple, sometimes we have to fly with the times in order to make sure our kids don’t get left behind.

However, I think there’s a balance between the two.  I want my kids to experience the benefits that technology has to today offer, but also expose them to some of the experiences we had as kids.

Here are some of the ways toddler parenting has shifted since we were kids.


  • Helicopter Parenting 1 of 7
    Helicopter Parenting
    This video called "Cockaboody", by John and Faith Hubley, represents an animated version of 9 tape-recorded minutes of their two daughters playing together when they were toddlers. There is no adult present in this video at all. I think we'd be hard-pressed to find a stretch of time where no adult says a single word in a 9 minute stretch in today's household, don't you think?
  • Potty-Training Age 2 of 7
    Potty-Training Age
    Then: Toddlers potty-trained by 18 months.
    Now: They make disposable diapers up to size 7.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Technology 3 of 7
    Technology
    Most toddlers are iPhone, iPad, and Android Savvy. Seeing a kid with a smartphone is commonplace, almost expected, in a public environment. My preschooler knows how to open my browser and click on the youtube bookmark.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Play Dates 4 of 7
    Play Dates
    Nobody said play date when I was a kid. I swore I'd never say it before I became a parent, but here I am, saying "play date" on a daily basis
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Children’s Shows 5 of 7
    Children's Shows
    Back then, it was Sesame Street and maybe a few other shows for toddlers. Now, there are dozens more shows for toddlers than there are hours in a day.
    Sesame Street Old School Available on Amazon
  • Toys 6 of 7
    Toys
    A classic toy like a Weeble would be seen as a choking hazard for a toddler, nowadays.
    Photo credit: Once Upon A Win
  • Toddlers In Helmets 7 of 7
    Toddlers In Helmets
    No one wore helmets back when I was a kid. In fact, no one wore seatbelts, either. Luckily, my older one loves his helmet. Fuzz is another story, as usual.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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