23 Parents Whose Old-School Parenting Wouldn’t Pass Today

Published 5 years ago

From eating sand on the beach to playing with cigarettes, most of us have all sorts of hilariously odd photos from our childhoods. Looking at the photos now, you can’t help but wonder how this old-school type of parenting would be looked upon today – probably not too well. Lucky for us, most of our parents had a great sense of humor and there are still photos out there that prove it.

People online are sharing vintage photos that make it look like everything was way more relaxed back in the day. After all, who’d let their kid ride a bear or take their child on a motorcycle ride these days? Check out the best vintage photos of hilarious questionable parenting in the gallery below!


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#1 Me Back In 1991 Just Your Typical Aussie Kid Drinking Xxxxlight Beer(I Wasn’t Aloud Heavies Back Then) And Holding A Baby Crocodile

Image source: truthcrusade

#2 If Your Mum Didn’t Lay On The Ground Making Herself Into A Ramp For Your New BMX, Did She Even Love You? 1980’s

Image source: therealabv

#3 My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

Image source: thisisanendtable

#4 California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture

Image source: 19blackdog72

#5 My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

Image source: ryanb99

#6 Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

Image source: Photo Tractatus

#7 A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

Image source: Gar1986

#8 Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped In To Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward

Image source: claire303

#9 Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That’s How Parents Rolled In The Early ’80s

Image source: areyoufknserious

#10 The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

Image source: cheml0vin

#11 My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old

Image source: Homebrew-Joe

#12 Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

Image source: Bob Sandberg

#13 My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

Image source: JasonPlatz

#14 My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

Image source: imakethenews

#15 A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982)

Image source: fuuuuuckendoobs

#16 My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

Image source: rookdanger

#17 Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

Image source: iworkondishwashers

#18 Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

Image source: ickeyray54

#19 My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

Image source: thedumone

#20 13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954

Image source: stevierayfrog

#21 My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970’s

Image source: spencehord

#22 My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

Image source: youngbarrister

#23 Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her “Bad Parenting Moment”

Image source: reesmeister

Aušrys Uptas

One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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