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70s and 80s Kids Share Childhood Moments That Would Not Be Okay Today

Ah, the old days. Back when life was simple. You could take candy from strangers, no one wore seatbelts and teachers could hit kids. Why did things ever change.

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    Text - -eDgAR- 1.9k points 1 day ago My dad had this old station wagon from the late 1970's throughout most of my childhood that I thought was amazing. It was big and there was so much to play in the back. Sometimes I would put on puppet shows for the cars behind us in traffic when we stopped at a red light. As dangerous as it was for a small child to be loose in the back of station wagon without a seatbelt, I used to play an even more dangerous game sometime. I would lay across the top of the b
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    Text - _Sarah_Ann_Wrap_ 1.5k points 1 day ago Unstructured playtime, giving zero fucks about which activities look best on college applications 10 years later
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    Text - spamgolem 7.0k points 2 days ago Teachers being able to publicly ridicule you in front of the class.
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    Text - paby 3.6k points 1 day ago One of my favorite teachers LOVED chucking dirty chalkboard erasers at girls who were talking in class (while he was trying to teach). The guys got actual sticks of chalk to the face
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    Text - 1 day ago 2djinnandtonics 1.5k points Laying stomach down on the lower level of the grocery cart while my mom did her shopping. Or was I the only one who did that?
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    Text - laterdude 6.1k points 1 day ago Taking candy from strangers My mother's motto was "ain't nobody got time to stick pins & needles inside a Twizzler" so get it while the getting's good.
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    Text - 1 day ago midwesternvalues73 5.4k points My parents took us to the bar with them and we even sat on our own stool at the actual bar. Shirley Temple with a hundred cherries, please. I actually remember when the law changed and we then had to sit at a table instead of at the bar.
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    Text - zerbey 1.1k points 1 day ago Being sent to the Headmaster's office and knowing you were about to be screamed at, and possibly smacked. For really bad infractions it was the slipper. It was unthinkable that you would tell your parents because you'd get the same punishment. He'd be arrested and put through a very public trial nowadays. It was banned around 1988 but continued on until well into the 1990s, I was slippered for missing too much homework around 1991 (never missed any again!). My
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    Text - effieokay 4.0k points 2 days ago You could leave your kids alone in the car for brief periods of time up until the 80s. Nowadays the standard is that they need to be old enough to get help or otherwise react appropriately in an unusual situation should it occur while you're gone.
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    Text - SJEXIT4 23.2k points 2 days ago My dad used wd40 on the leather back seats of our car so us kids could slide better around turns. He also removed the seat belts because he didn't like them.
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    Text - Marawal 19.2k points 1 day ago I spent half of my childhood at the bar my mom worked at. And not even always in the backroom. And I was serving beers and other alcoholic beverage when I was 6 or so, with all the manners I thought a good waitress had. People found it cute and tipped very well.
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    Text - UNDhockeyhateswomen 7.9k points 2 days ago The back window of the car was the choice seat
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    Text - mganzeveld 6.7k points 1 day ago Live in Iowa and it was never too cold to delay or cancel school and we still had outside recess on those days. We would get yelled at for huddling in a corner out of the wind. "Go run around. That will warm you up!" That and the total rural kid thing of riding in the back end of pickups at highway speeds
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    Text - ShootyMcSnipe 13.6k points 2 days ago Example , I used to walk by myself to the corner store 3 blocks from home as a 5 year old and buy smokes for my parents with a note
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    Text - turtleface_iloveu 2.4k points 2 days ago For as long as I could remember, my deceased grandfather used to offer me sips of his Budweiser. My parents didn't blink an eye.
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    Text - effieokay 12.9k points 2 days ago My parents used to turn us loose on the countryside and we wouldn't come home until it was dinner time I don't know if I could do the same with my kids now They are much younger than I was but I would have to reevaluate when they are a similar age. I had a lot of close calls. One time I hurt my ankle in a rusty car graveyard that I found miles from civilization. One time a homeless man was sleeping out in the woods and offered me a drink from his thermos.
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    Text - Morrison4113 2.2k points 1 day ago Playgrounds were all hot steel and concrete with really high fall hazards. It wasn't a playground. It was a proving ground to cull out the weak.
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    Text - awesomemofo75 12.8k points . 1 day ago We had to stay outside all day. If we wanted something to drink, we had the water hose.
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    Text - edited 1 day ago chickaboomba 8.9k points 1 day ago Being sent outside to pick out my own stick for a spanking from the back yard and having the neighbor lady see me crying and lean over the fence to say, "What did ya do now, hon? You gotta learn to behave." Edit: I don't think I've ever been as bummed that a comment got so many upvotes. Not much else to say besides... welcome to the club?
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    Text - AnGabhaDubh 1.9k points 2 days ago Being allowed to play outside until after dark unsupervised until Mom or Dad called me in with the police whistle
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