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8 Reasons Children of the 1970s Should All Be Dead

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The way things are going, every kid is going to go to school wearing bubble wrap and a helmet.  Back in the 1970s (and earlier), parents didn’t stress about our health and safety as much as they do today.  It’s not that they cared less – they just didn’t worry compulsively about it.

Parents of 2014 need to be reminded of how less restricted, less supervised, less obsessively safety-conscious things were… and it was just fine.

 

1. JARTS: IMPALING ARROWS OF DEATH

 

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Can your mind comprehend a more deadly toy than a weighted spear that kids hurl through the air like a missile? No one ever obeyed the actual manufacturer’s rules, we just flung these damn things everywhere.  We threw them. They stuck where they landed. If they happened to land in your skull, well, then you should have moved.

After roughly 6,700 emergency-room visits and the deaths of three children between 1978 and 1988, they finally outlawed Jarts on December 19, 1988. I suppose it needed to be banned, but a part of me is sad that kids today won’t have the battle scars and Jart survival stories we had. Goodbye Jart – you were an impaling arrow of death, but I loved you anyway.

 

2. LOST AND NOT FOUND: SEAT BELTS

 

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Cars came with seat belts in the 1970s, but no one used them except maybe out of curiosity to see what it was like to wear one. Of course, you’d have to fish them out of the deep crevice of the backseat cushion where they often came to rest, unwanted and ignored.

The only “click” heard in the 1970s automobile was your dad’s Bic lighting up a smoke with the windows rolled up. (cough!)

I should also mention that, not only were there no seat belts, child seats were nowhere to be found.  Whether it was the front seat of your mom’s station wagon or her bicycle, chances are, you were entirely untethered.

 

3. SEMI-LETHAL PLAYGROUNDS OF HOT METAL

 

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Remember when playgrounds were fun? Sure, there was a pretty good chance you’d be scalded by a hot metal slide, or walk away with tetanus, but that’s what memories are made of.

The ground wasn’t coated with soft recycled rubber or sand as most are today – they were asphalt.  Remember being hurled from a spinning merry-go-round, then skidding across the gravel at full speed?  Good times.

I remember my school playground had a metal ladder “wall” that I swear went up three stories – it didn’t connect to a slide or anything. It was literally a ladder to the sky. I remember fully believing the oxygen was thinner at the top.  One false move and I’d have been a flesh colored stain on the asphalt.

According to the New York Times we are making playgrounds so safe that they actually stunt our kids’ development.  So, while blood was spilt and concussions were dealt on the playgrounds of the 1970s, we were at least in a developmentally rich environment – and we had the bruises and scabs to prove it.

4. PRECIOUS LITTLE SUN PROTECTION

 

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“Tanfastic lets the sunshine in.  It’s not loaded up with sunburn protection like old folks and kids want.  Tanfastic’s for you 15-to-25 year olds who can take the sun.  Especially if you want to get superdark.  Superfast.”

Back in the 70s, your goal was to get as brown as your skin would permit.  Sun BLOCK or sun SCREEN was basically nonexistent. You wanted to AMPLIFY your rays, so women typically lathered on Crisco and baby oil to get that deep baked look.

For the kids, SPF numbers hovered around 2, 4 and 8.  The idea that you would spray an SPF of 50 or even 30 wasn’t even an option, except perhaps from medical ointments prescribed for albinos.

 

 

5. HELMETS: FOR THOSE WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS ONLY

 

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Whether you were riding a bike, roller skating, or skateboarding, one thing was for certain: you were not wearing a head protection.  You would have been looked at as a sideshow freak by other kids, and parents would assume you had some kind of medical condition.

 

6. IGNORED AND  UNATTENDED ON THE REGULAR

 

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Hey, who’s watching the kid in the stroller?  YOU MUST HAVE YOUR EYES ON THE KID AT ALL TIMES OR ELSE HE WILL DIE!

My mother routinely left me alone in the car at a young age while she ran errands.  Today, this will literally get you arrested.  You see, once upon a time it was okay to leave your kids for long periods without supervision (remember the so-called “latch-key kids” of the 70s?), or let them free roam without constant surveillance.  Today, parents won’t let their kids go out to get the mail alone, and any fun with friends has to be scheduled, closely monitored “play dates”.

On summer break or weekends in the 1970s, parents kicked their kids out the front door and didn’t let them back in until the sun went down.  “Go play,” were their only words, and you were left to your own devices for hours upon hours.  Neighborhoods looked like Lord of the Flies.

 

 

7. ROUTINELY ALLOWED TO GET SERIOUSLY HURT

 

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This poor kid is about to get rammed in the nuts by a goat, and the nearby adult isn’t the least bit concerned.  In fact, he finds this all incredibly amusing!  As hard as this is to believe, but when kids got hurt back then, adults didn’t come running with first-aid kits.  More than likely you’d be left alone with your pain, with no alternative but to get over it.

In the 70s, parents watched their offspring fall from trees and fall off bikes with a smile.

 

8. SECONDHAND SMOKE EVERYWHERE

 

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From airplanes to your family car, it seemed the world of the 70s was shrouded in a haze of cigarette smoke.  It wasn’t just the fact that many more people smoked, it was the absolute 100% lack of concern for those that didn’t, including children.  Teachers smoked, doctors smoked, your parents smoked…. and they didn’t take it to a secluded smoking area, they did it right in your face.

Please don’t interpret this as condoning it.  There’s no question that engulfing your child in a thick carcinogenic cloud isn’t a good idea.  I’m just stating facts – this is the world we lived in.  It was full of adults who didn’t seem to have anxiety attacks over our safety, and we turned out just fine…. right?

  • Mel Johansson

    “…and it was just fine.” Except, of course, for those kids for whom it was not “just fine.” Especially the no-seat-belt thing.

    • Guest

      No question bad things happened. Being stowed in your mom’s bicycle basket was a recipe for head trauma. I guess the point being made is whether we’ve gone too far in the other direction and worry too much….. food for thought anyway.

    • No question bad things happened. Being stowed in your mom’s bicycle basket was a recipe for head trauma. I guess the point being made is whether we’ve gone too far in the other direction and worry too much…. food for thought anyway.

    • Brian

      Plenty of kids in today’s world end up not “just fine” too. Stuff is gonna happen.

    • Jim Snyder

      At least we thinned out the herd the natural way back then. Some things were unfortunate, and some things happened because some kids were not that bright. Now that percentage non-bright ones make it to adulthood and are allowed to reproduce.

      • Jack Stone

        Natural way? My friend died from second hand smoke because his mom thought it was ok to smoke in the house.

        • FisherofTruth

          i am sure your friend died of a specific ailment. would be amazed if the cause was the mom’s smoke

      • Guest

        Well, if that’s the case, why is there so much complaining about how “stupid” kids are these days or about how it’s all the “stupid” people reproducing?

        • evianalmighty

          Public schools and liberalism.

    • Thinker45

      Here’s the thing to keep in mind: we have become a society of ‘no tolerance’ and what I mean by that is, we see these situations in black and white. Take seat belts. Sure, wearing your seat belt is safer than not. But, then again, not driving is the safest way to prevent getting hurt in a car accident, and hey, not leaving the house at all will prevent all sorts of possible harm.

      But that’s ridiculous, right? So what measure of ‘safer’ are we aiming for? A percentage? A number? Or, do we often default to this absolute, which is what I mean by no tolerance – we don’t tolerate the idea of any number being good at all.

      In 1975, about 20 people per 100,000 (or 44,000) died in auto accidents. In 2012, that was 10 people per 100,000 (34,000). The majority of seat belt laws came into effect in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but there’s no correlation in the peak of deaths in 1980, nor the recent drop, because until a few years ago, the percentages were much closer, around 15 out of 100,000.

      So we look at those numbers and think, ‘less deaths are better!’ and, true, it is, but the reality is that seat belts aren’t keeping us that much safer – for whatever value you want to place on ‘that’. And the drop in deaths are speculated to be more about cracking down on drunk driving, people driving less and better auto design, airbags and electronic alerting systems than seat belts.

  • AB

    sounds like my childhood, though I was born in the mid-80s. But my parents were definitely 70s children, so I’m sure they just did it the way their parents did.

  • Lacey W

    And yet we survived. My family had lawn darts and NOBODY ever got impaled. I played on playgrounds made of metal, and even brought wax paper to make you go faster down slides. No damage. Every July 4th we had our own fireworks and I still have all my fingers and toes.

    • Sally

      To get a sheet of waxed paper for the slide was stupendous fun! (I grew up in the 40s and 50s, much the same as the 70s, but even more so!) Would not trade it for the world!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        I’m with you,Sally. We also folded waxed paper over a comb to play music!

    • bayma

      I never heard of this and now my childhood seems like it was less fun.

    • NickRepublic

      Did not know about the wax paper. Worst thing that ever happened to me on a metal slide was the kid in front of me (who shall remain nameless) peed on himself going down the slide and well, once you started down, there was no going back up…eewww!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        Oh,man!

  • Chris Wienke

    This is awesome. I feel nostalgic. You forgot that we also all walked to school, even as kindergarteners

    • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

      I was on the Safety Patrol (remember that?). I stood on a corner ,by myself,for 10 mins before lunch and back on the corner for 10 mins before lunch ended.My corner was only 1 block from the school and 2 blocks from my house. I walked home,to an empty house,and made my own lunch. Yes, I even used the stove! I sat down and ate my lunch with Chief Halftown hosting the POPEYE cartoons. Then walked back to school.

      • J. Longstreet

        Great memory, Priscilla. I remember the safety patrol kids. And I remember walking home for lunch in Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade, too. I’d forgotten all about that. 🙂

      • Jeff Blanks

        They let you out of school for lunch? I don’t think mine would’ve let us do that. Was this an elementary school or a middle school?

        • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

          2nd through 6th grade.

      • Claudia Ritter

        I let my 7 year old heat up his own food on the stove and my dad (a Boomer) freaks out. Go figure.

        • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

          @ Claudia Ritter – I’m a little surprised that it’s not the other way around! When I walked home from school at lunchtime, I usually fried an egg or a “Chopette” on the stove! No one else was home – my mom was a teacher in a different school district than mine & my dad worked an hour away. And this was elementary school! I would never let a kid do that,now. Haha!

    • Walter Wall

      Yup, and the only one with us was our big brother/sister who would usually take off with their friends cause they didn’t want you hangin with them!!!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        Hahaha! That’s the truth!

    • Miranda Mattingly Grim

      My boys walked to school from 2nd grade on! One is in middle school is and one is a freshman. But to be fair, our school is literally a block and a half away and there’s a dedicated walkway leading all the way to the door of the school from our outermost neighborhood street…no busy streets to get across. We are just lucky we have that. Any further or with a busier street to cross and I may not have.

    • Rosey P

      Thanks for steering this right back to the original subject!!! Ahh, the humor and idiocracy in comment boards. Lame reality shows for those who prefer to read it and not watch it.

  • Chris Dedrickson

    kids today are waaay too sheltered and protected! they are not allowed to be kids. just clean up the blood when you’re done was a familiar response to some of our activities. and it is good to eat a little dirt, it strengthens your immune system to be exposed to germs and grime. i was born in ’69 and remember every one of these and am sad to see the way things are now.

    • robingee

      I agree that slathering a kid with Purell every five minutes harms more than helps, there are plenty of “kids being kids” these days. I see them whipping by on a skateboard with no protective gear and climbing trees in the backyard.

      We’ll be fine.

      • lucascott

        i see nothing wrong with making a kid wear a helmet when biking etc. but yeah the whole Purell etc is way much

    • Brian Katcher

      Darn kids and their be bop music! Back in my day, we knew the value of a dollar! And knew how to respect our elders, dad gum it! Face it Chris, we’re getting old.

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        And,where did we hear those words before? LOL

    • GentlyWaftingCurtains

      Is this what you take away from the article? Because a lot of these things sound really stupid and dangerous. Maybe we have gone too far the other way, but we should never go back to this.

      • Brian

        That’s the whole point of the article. A lot of stupid and dangerous things were commonplace, and we still turned out fine.

        • Jeff Blanks

          I’m not so sure we turned out quite *that* fine. After all, we’re the generation that later turned into those “helicopter parents”.

          • Charlie

            We did not turn into “helicopter” parents because our parents did a bad job, we turned into them because of fear mongers with their 24 hour news cycle constantly alerting us to dangers that although they exist, are advertised way out of proportion. The nanny state and people with not enough to do turning their phobias into legislation are the main culprits.

    • lucascott

      too much of a degree yes. Leaving a young kid in a car is a bad move but so is demanding air mattresses under playground gear, coddling their every desire, demanding scores aren’t kept so no kid feels like a loser etc.

      there needs to be a balance

      • YaqubHassan

        The only dangerous thing about leaving your kids in a car is if the AC or heat aren’t on when it’s hot or cold out. “Stranger danger” is a complete canard begotten by a for-profit news media that runs on fear. A child walking home from school alone today is in no more danger than their grandparents would have been at their age.

  • dt

    The sun tanning thing was spot on. We use to go out on Friday nights partying and on Saturday mornings we would head to the beach and sleep it off. Spent the entire day in the sun with no sun screen just sun tan lotion and sun in for our hair. Still alive and kicking at 51.

    • Bimmerman

      Unlike some of your contemporarties who are dead from melanoma.

      • dt

        Sorry if this hits a nerve, but it doesn’t change the fact that we did this.

      • punstress

        I have read that melanoma has increased montonically with sunblock usage.

        • richcreamerybutter

          No. You can see below why it might appear that way; as of the mid-90s, we’ve started to reverse the damage we inflicted on the ozone layer, which protects us from UVB rays. Kids in the ’70s do have some damage (and it’s good for everyone to regularly get checked), but if anything those who tanned in the ’80s-early ’90s without protection probably have the greater risk for skin cancer.

          Previous generations will show overt damage caused by UVA rays, since those are ones primary responsible for tanning. However, UVB rays tend to cause mutations (and cancer). Special photography reveals cumulative UVB damage in the face, even without obvious surface wrinkles and spots.

          Regardless of UVA vs UVB and the gradual repair of the ozone layer, why would you want to look like a piece of leather?

          http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/ozone-and-uv-where-are-we-now

          • J. Longstreet

            (“We’ve repaired the ozone layer”) Backing away slowly…

          • Bergey66

            The more accurate statement would be “We’ve begun to repair … ”

            http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mending-ozone-good-for-global-warming/

          • nm

            If we’re being accurate, it’s more like “we’ve slowed our destruction of the ozone layer, and it’s slowly repairing itself.” 🙂

          • WW4

            In fact the poster said “We’ve started to reverse the damage,” which is factual.

    • punstress

      Every time we went down the shore we came back as little lobsters.

    • Sally

      Go to the dermatologist and get checked out, OK?

    • Kathy Wattula

      I have many memories of Mom spraying me with Solarcaine after a day at the pool.

    • richcreamerybutter

      See my response further down. Most of your childhood tanning would have occurred before significant ozone layer damage. The ozone layer protects us from UVB rays, which are the ones that can cause cell mutation and cancer. This damage is permanent, and can be a ticking time bomb, so be sure to regularly have your moles checked by a dermatologist. Trust me, you don’t want to see someone die of skin cancer.

      • Kristine Rizzuto

        Actually sitting in the ER with my sister now. Her brain tumor is back. Stage 4 melanoma ain’t no joke. She’ll be 41 in a couple of weeks. If she makes 42 it’ll be a miracle

        • be kind

          I’m so sorry, Kristine. That’s terrible.

    • Cancankant

      …and spraying water on ourselves to “darken on tan” (or “burn to tan”). Eeeek. I’m a sunscreen wearer now. That shizz was mental.

      • Luvmylab

        I remember using baby oil or whipped butter to quicken the tanning process.

        • allie

          We used baby oil with a touch of iodine. The iodine was supposed to help you get darker, I think!

  • A moment of silence for our fallen comrades. Some of us were truly lucky to survive!

  • Faye_Oney

    Lol, thanks for the memories! I remember playing on a see-saw with my brother. When one of us decided to get off, the other one got slammed to the ground. Yes, we all survived, and are the better for it. At least back then, nobody was shooting up schools.

    • ridesunvalley

      Not quite Faye. The mids- to late-1970s is considered the second most violent period in U.S. school history.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_States

      • KC

        FYI Wikipedia is one of the worst sites to use when using/checking facts.

        • Jeb Hoge

          Cite?

          • Denise Ainsworth

            Yes , cite, timbo59 used the word correctly. Get a dictionary and look it up!

          • GiGi

            I love when people either try to correct or question a word not in their vocabulary. It’s rather sad, but still hilarious!

          • ex2bot

            That’s not what happened. Check the arrows and indents. The indenting (and arrow next to his / her username) shows that Jeb Hoge was replying to KC above. His / her message is challenging KC to prove his / her assertion that “Wikipedia is one of the worst sites to use when using / checking facts.”

          • GiGi

            Ok smart ass, this was what I was referring to: timbo59 rgibby7 • 4 days ago
            Sorry, but I’ve actually tried correcting them on some apocryphal details they cite on some of their pages and they refuse to accept them.

            Jeb Hoge KC • 7 days ago
            Cite?
            17 • Reply•Share ›
            He wasn’t talking to KC, he was referring to this word, as if used incorrectly…I know how these posts work…no need to feel superior!

          • Jordan

            You obviously don’t know how these posts work…

          • Jeb Hoge

            I was, in fact, “talking to KC” and challenging the assertion about Wikipedia’s value. What I have found is that it is generally well moderated and it also makes a good springboard to finding other sources of reference. If I’m looking up information and find a Wikipedia article that has strong footnotes, I’ll usually follow those to the original source for referencing instead of referencing the Wikipedia article simply to avoid dealing with certain types who choose the kneejerk “Wikipedia is one of the worst sites to use when using / checking facts” response. Clearly it’s time well spent.

          • ex2bot

            Timbo59 was asking KC to give specifics, not questioning the word. See the arrow next to his/her username. Shows who he/she replied to.

        • Tarah Pyka

          actually it is moderated, and is extremely useful

          • Derrick

            If you use wikipedia for facts, you are seriously misguided.

          • Jordan

            Many things on Wikipedia are actually sourced and provide links to sources. You are seriously misguided because you clearly have never used Wikipedia.

          • Lori Koonce

            Because it is crowd edited, one can never be sure if what you are reading is fact or not. Use it to get basic information, but not as a primary source.

        • rgibby7

          Try to contribute something inaccurate to a wiki page and see what happens.

          • timbo59

            Sorry, but I’ve actually tried correcting them on some apocryphal details they cite on some of their pages and they refuse to accept them.

          • It depends on how carefully particular pages are watched. You’re right that some of them are as accurate as Faux News, but, generally, Wikipedia is a good place to go for a sanity check (though not deep research).

          • Guest

            Ladies and gentlemen, thank you to Laurie for illustrating why Wikipedia and “crowd editing/moderating” is NOT an accurate source.

          • Van

            I’ve jacked up my own wikipedia profile and those of friends (with their permission) – it’s hysterical to see the inaccurate information get cited by people who don’t double check wikipedia!! 😀

          • StepOne

            I do all the time, i sneak it in, and they never notice. Wikipeadia is a joke.

      • David

        Did you actually even look at the link you provided? There’s no way you can compare the late-70’s with what’s been going on the past 15 years (since Columbine, really). Most of the stuff in the seventies (except for the girl who just set up sniper practice across the street and inspired “I Don’t Like Mondays”) were generally isolated incidents involving what seemed to be a single particular target.

        • Linquel

          Two of first items in the list are the National Guard shooting up Kent State and police shooting student protesters. Like David said, it’s not the same. I wonder how skewed that “second most violent period” statement is due to violence against student protests during the Vietnam War.

          • Also it was the ’70s and early ’80s when you started to see metal detectors at inner city schools, as guns proliferated in the cities and turf wars broke out.

        • Christopher S. Johnson

          U.S. murder was worse in the late 70’s 80’s 90s compared to now according to the FBI. The recent mentally ill school shootings are horrible but they do not begin to make up for over all murder rates dropping like a brick.

        • George Armstrong

          I think someone missed the “[citation needed]” part of that statement.

        • Greg Miller

          I blame the media for inadvertently glamorizing the killer by broadcasting nonstop after one of there incidents.

      • Greg Davis

        Funny how “school shootings” is a term only used to describe those incidents that occur in suburban, WHITE schools. I mean, it’s not like schools made up mostly of minorities, mainly black for that matter, have not had this very issue for decades.

        But, that was no big deal until it hit white America. Am I right?

        • TimT9999

          Good Greg. Play the race card about a comic article. Personally I think if someone killed 20 black second graders it would be seen as a similar outrage in this country. Many people don’t care if gang-bangers kill each other. But any killing of innocent kids is recognized for what it is, a tragedy. And if you can’t see that, it says more about your own racial preconceptions than about our country.

          • Greg Davis

            Actually, Tim, it’s not “the race card”, just the truth. Inner city schools were dealing with school violence, including gun violence, in the 60’s and 70’s. That early. No one batted an eye in the rest of the country though. As soon as Columbine happened however, it was a different story.

            I’m the last person that would use race as an excuse, hell, I’m white/cherokee, but this is just a fact. A simple truth that people like you don’t want to accept. It is not a “preconception”. Now what does that say about you?

          • TimT9999

            You really don’t get the difference, do you. You are comparing apples and oranges and your particular soapbox mindset doesn’t allow you to even see my basic point.

            Let me make it as clear as I can. The kind of inner city violence you’re referring to was typically one kid getting into a fight with another. Maybe gang related, maybe just two guys with anger issues. Maybe one kid bullying another. And maybe one of them knifes or shoots the other and their friends get involved.

            The Columbine or Sandy Hook violence isn’t personal. It’s not a fight that gets out of hand. It is one or two people with major psychotic issues that plan a mass murder of people they don’t even know. They amass a stock of high powered weapons and kill as many people as they can. With Sandy Hook, the victims were 7 and 8 year olds.

            How can you not see the difference? Come on Greg. Roaming the halls looking for 8 year olds to kill is just different. And please don’t tell me that you don’t have any preconceptions or mindset. Whites (and yes, even Cherokees) have mindsets that can get in the way of acknowledging the value of another person’s point of view.

          • GiGi

            Greg’s indoctrinated thought process won’t allow him to see anything but what has been spoon fed for decades. The differences are quite obvious. Unfortunately though, the 30 under crowd just doesn’t get it. I fear when they actually have to fend for themselves in the future, unless they have been taught “actual” life skills and by that, I mean NOT a useless video game forte….then the next world catastrophe will swallow them up.

          • Jordan

            I think you’re close-minded and ignorant. Many people of the under 30 working force right now (including myself) own properties, have investments, are working on technologies and theories every day adding value to their lives and their communities. Many people in my generation can use technology for much more than sitting in a “video game forte”, as you so aptly decided what every millennial uses a computer for, and apply it to the real world. Perhaps that’s something you’ll never understand, GiGi. Just because you know a few apathetic 20-somethings does not indicate what a generation encompasses. My generation is about life-balance, which is something else you may never understand. I sincerely hope you haven’t or will never reproduce.

          • TheRajLOSAngeles

            Is there a point to your self love fest? You call everyone stupid, but you haven’t necessarily provided any evidence of any of your intelligence. I mean, you’re telling us how smart you are, but other than a few generalizations, opinions, and compliments to yourself, you haven’t said anything.

          • Jeff Blanks

            It goes back earlier than Columbine; disaffected white kids were shooting up their classes (well, first themselves in school, then their classes) years earlier than that. It was even already a meme years before Columbine; just think of the video for Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”, from their first album.

          • EV

            You realize that the “race card” isn’t a real thing, right? It’s a way for white people to lazily write off a person of color talking about race in a way that they don’t like. Or really, for talking about race at all. When you begin an argument with the word “race card,” you’re just signaling to rational people that whatever’s coming next is going to be kind of ridiculous. In that way, it’s actually quite handy.

          • evianalmighty

            Actually you are very much mistaken. The race card is real and has been so over played since obama was elected that it now has no meaning. The number of times the MSM ha called every white person a racist is so out of hand that no one cares. An elementary school group wanted to act like the village people. They were not allowed as it is racist. I think that is an affront to gays.

          • EV

            “The race card is real because Obama and the media.” Yeah, you are really disproving my point here. 😀

          • pokinsmot

            You realize that just because you say it isn’t a real thing, doesn’t make it not a real thing right?

          • EV

            It’s not a real thing. It’s like the Easter bunny for dumb white people. An imaginary friend to help them understand things in a way that’s a bit easier for them. And, like I said, an easy way to let everyone else know not to listen to the rest of your sentence.

          • Annoyed

            Do any of you even know when the term “the race card” really became a staple in American households? Who remembers the O.J. trial?? Well, some of you on here probably were not even born yet but l digress. Johnnie Cochran said he played “the race card” in attempt to paint Mark Furman as a racist due to his use of the n-word on occasion. and thus the term “the race card” came to be, of course it has been twisted back and forth between black and white alike when it is needed so to speak. Now for those about to go Google crazy on what I just typed let me make it clear that I am NOT saying Johnnie Cochran “invented” the phrase simply that he and the whole Simpson trial being blasted through every TV caused it to become a common term. Now moving on, Greg what you said is exactly what “playing the race card” is. Why you felt the need to go there makes no sense seeing as how you are not exactly black or white (yes I know all races can be used in the whole race card thing) meaning you made that comment in order to get attention and nothing more. EV as for you, the race card is real and it is not a “lazy white people” thing. Perhaps you should read the first part of my rant again. If you are not old enough to to who Johnnie Cochran is then let me point something very important about him that makes it relevant to my argument…….he is black. That being said it really kind of makes what you said, well ignorant. Next up the whole “Obama” name throwing….While I am not a fan of Obama I have to say that I am tired of people blaming him for things that are just well, ridiculous. “I got a sunburn today cause Obama said we should not use sunblock.” Yes, my sarcasm was a bit absurd but so are some of the things I am hearing people blame him for, which was the point of my sarcastic statement. This whole article was about things some of us remember as kids and was quite amusing and then some of you went WAY askew. I don’t understand why people today feel the need to just complain about EVERYTHING. We can’t just read something amusing like this article without posting something negative just to start confrontation, it is like a bad drug habit that people are extremely addicted to and can’t kick. Rant over.

          • John Cross

            very well stated, I can still remember my family doctor coming in to stitch me up with a camel no-filter hanging out of his mouth!!! LOL

          • Van

            And EV plays the race card. :p

          • Guest

            Now this is the only race card that should ever be played.

          • Charlie

            This is the only race card that should ever be played.

        • Guest

          Seriously?

          • Leah Doughty

            nice!

        • DBirch

          Oh shut up with your race shit

        • Charlie

          It’s not so much that it is a new activity, it’s the 24 hour news cycle that has to be stirring something up to keep on getting ratings, so they can keep on getting advertising revenue. Previous era shootings made the news, but usually only the local news because most news was local. There was 30 minutes a day of national news, not like today with multiple 24 hours news channels, internet and Twitter. News travels faster now to a larger population. And I don’t want to even get started on “copy cat” crimes. A disturbed kid sees where another disturbed kid shot up a school and thinks, “I can kill more than they did.”

      • Dennis Ray Wingo

        Well hell we had to do something to survive that damn peanut farmer!

      • GreyWolf62

        Violence was a daily occurrence at my inner-city Baltimore school, but that pales in comparison to what children are facing daily at the best schools. We can and must do better.

    • Lisa

      I remember getting splinters on my thighs from those see saws. Fun times!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        Me too!

      • MeAndJuliaDownByTheSchoolYard

        My kids got ’em in a little town in Mexico a couple of years ago 🙂

    • Barbara Craker

      ha! there were several guns at the school incidents in my middle school…no one got shot, no one got arrested, except Buddy did one time, I think…but don’t be fooled…Sandy Hook was a hoax…those kids aren’t even dead…there are photos of them alive…look it up…

      • steviebhoy

        Cuckoo Cuckoo

      • Colleen Proudler

        Stop it and shut up. Those children are most certainly not alive and you are a sick, twisted piece of garbage to say otherwise. Those are people’s sons and daughters. You want to debate guns fine, but SHUT THE HELL up with your paranoid delusional conspiracy theory. It is hateful and ignorant.

        • Laura B

          It was a hoax, a drill made to appear their were deaths. Most of the adults were hired actors. They appear at many of these staged events. The school was not even being used, it had been closed for years. No busses, no medvac, no ambulances. No bodies brought out. Obama was trying to freak everyone out so he could push his gun control. If any adults died, they died at the hands of Obama’s cronies who staged all of it. Do some research and you will find for yourself the truth. There are a few parents out there who said someone took their child’s picture from the internet and displayed it as one of the children who supposedly died. Everyone in that town are not allowed to discuss anything, I was stunned when I first saw the news about the shootings, but as time went on and more and more people were finding evidence of it being a hoax. There was a little boy who stated he was told they were just having a drill at that school and was told not to be scared. So our government is capable of doing anything they want and making us believe something bad happened just to get a point across. Obama is evil.

          • Helen Wood

            Pack of lies, only believed by idiots. The story of a hoax is itself a hoax by perverts who want to keep murder weapons at home.

          • Leah Doughty

            this was a joke. a silly article. chill out everyone. please. THIS is why I miss the 70’s:)

          • StepOne

            Murder weapons? Wow you are another nutcase.

          • Colleen Proudler

            Listen you twisted freak, I grew up there…..it happened, it was real, and you are a sad, sick, misguided person who clearly needs intensive psychological help. It frightens me to my very soul that people such as yourself are allowed to walk the streets.

          • Annoyed

            While I do NOT agree with Laura’s opinion on the “Sandy Hook Hoax” you can not exactly call her a “freak” or “sick” or even a “pervert” (really Helen Wood…….pervert?) because she is entitled to her opinion on the whole matter. I know many people who believe the same thing as she does and I assure you they are none of those descriptive words you chose to use. Let’s say, for example, you are atheist and I am a devout Christian and I call you “a sad, sick, misguided person who clearly needs intensive psychological help” simply because you don’t believe in God and I do. That doesn’t make you any of those things, it would simply be my opinion. Before you rant let me just say that I do not think it was a hoax and I am neither an atheist or a devout Christian and I was not knocking any of that or preaching it, I was simply using those as relatable examples.

          • Bimmerman

            Evidence trumps opinion every time. Barbara/Laura are allowed their opinions as long as they are prepared to admit that they are idiots for misinforming without evidence.

          • Teddi

            cite your B.S. laura….don’t use Brietbart or Alex Jones or Faux news. PROVE YOUR PSYCHOTIC BABBLING.

          • Jordan

            You are so god damned delusional. You’re an awful human being if you discredit any of the pain and torture those families went through losing children. I fucking hope you never reproduce, you fucking halfwit.

      • jeremy_hh

        Please tell me you’re trolling.
        You can’t really be that f**king stupid.

      • Nils Breckoff

        it is my sincere hope that you can neither vote nor reproduce.

      • Jeff Blanks

        OF COURSE there are photos of them alive. They were taken WHEN THEY WERE ALIVE. For cryin’ out loud…

      • Helen Wood

        That’s a hoax by the gun lobby, airhead! They died and they died horrifically. Then sick perverts who were afraid their guns were going to be taken away started faking photos of some of the dead, because that’s how low they will sink.

      • Teddi

        Barbara, try telling that to the parents of Sandy Hook kids. Just once I wish one of you looney tune conspiracy dorks would say that in front of a parent who has lost a child to gun violence.

        • StepOne

          HAHAHA I would get right up in their faces and tell them it was a hoax and just what is gun violence? Do guns get up on their own and go on rampages? WOW you are unhinged.

      • F.Jaime

        That is disgraceful and offensive to the parents of the children. You should be ashamed of yourself!

      • TheRajLOSAngeles

        yeah Barbara, and take your IRS conspiracies with you too!!!! The emails were lost!!!! It happens!!! Obama is the best President we’ve had, ever!!! The Middle East loves us, the economy’s doing great, people are working, what’s wrong with you teabaggers?!

    • pam112251

      or shooting up in schools

    • timbo59

      Oh, the old ‘bail out from the see-saw’ trick, eh? Makes you wonder that half the kids in the world from back then aren’t walking around with spinal injuries! Come to think of it, I do have mild scoliosis…hmmmmm!

    • Melanie Miday-Stern

      I both front top teeth on a see saw in Kindergarten!

    • Roger Emmerick

      oh yea i almost had my ankle broke in first grade because there wasn’t even a handle on the see saw at school and u had to wrap ur legs under to hold on and when my buddy jumped off well i wasn’t fast enough but i survived and got over it and they didn’t send me home they just had me sit in my seat and finish the day including walking to the lunch room.

    • Autumn

      LOL Your seesaw story reminds me of one my mom used to tell about how she was on a date with my dad (and somehow her younger brother was around) and she was talked into riding a seesaw at the park with her brother, who proceeded to jump off & cause poor mom to bruise her thigh…and yeah that was probably 1972 or whatever.

      Also, the other park equipment, the metal bobbing duck/elephant/horse on a spring, along with the metal jungle gym…yeah I remember that well from my childhood as well, from the park & the school playground. Merry-go-rounds, jungle gyms, parallel bars, ladders, a pinning saucer/dish thing, etc. all available and usually just on grass or stuck in blacktop…and now almost all entirely replaced in the past 20 yrs or so with wooden structures or metal & plastic ones.

    • Rdhddramaqn

      Omg I remember playing on one with my brother which was very high. He got off with me up at the very top…well…I went straight down and almost cracked my tailbone…that was so painful!!! I don’t think my mom did anything lol Those were the days

  • susan r

    the reason we didn’t wear sunscreen was that we hadn’t made giant holes in the ozone layer yet. Still my grandfather got skin cancer from the sun reflecting off a tractor all day.

    • Bimmerman

      The main factors for melanoma ( and other skin cancers) are UV exposure and genetics. Exposure increase occurs due to occupation (working outdoors e.g. farming) and lifestyle (tanning). Australia is experiencing a bit of a melanoma crisis, mainly due to a predominantly lighter skinned population immigrating to a hot climate and adopting an “outdoors” lifestyle. There’s a very good reason why the aborignal people have darker skin tone.
      The ozone hole is only relevant to New Zealand where, although diminished, it can still impact on UV exposure levels in some regions.
      For reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanoma

      (Edited for grammar)

      • richcreamerybutter

        No, the ozone hole was relevant to everyone. If you look at UV photos of people in their 30s and 40s compared to previous generations, you’ll see almost identical UVB damage. Thankfully we’re in the process of reversing the ozone depletion.

        • Bimmerman

          Hi RCB, you’re right; I was confusing ozone mid-latitude depletion with polar depletion. The former was relevant to the UK, the latter less so (although may be relevant to the US and parts of Australasia). Both depletions have been recognised since before the 1970s, but the lowest levels appear to be during the 1980s and 1990s. Occupation-related melanoma (correlating with time spent outside working in the sun) has been recognised for a long time. It is our more recent habit of tanning through foreign holidays, salons and emigration which has caused a more recent increase in melanoma incidence in a new demographic.

    • Nita

      If they had sunscreen back then, my mom would have soaked me in it, daily. I’m (was) a ginger and I would look like a lobster for most of the summer.

      • Guest

        I’m a redhead and my mom soaked me in as much as she could find. I remember when 4 came out- She let my blonde sisters have the “2” but she slathered me in 4. Then when 6 came out- OH BOY! The protection! 15 came out when I was in late high school and I remember thinking it was some sort of over the top freakzaoid sunscreen. I was always so annoyed…but the one time I let it go at the beach, I got the worst blistering/cracking sunburn ever. And I will say this….my over the top sun loving friends’ facial skin is a bit more leathered/wrinkly now than my ginger white over the top protected skin.

  • Lisa Stetler Insana

    Is it a bad thing that kids are safer today? I mean come one. The second hand smoke thing? It’s more dangerous for someone than actually smoking themselves. I have COPD to prove it.

    • FisherofTruth
      • Kevmo

        From your own link:

        “The study doesn’t cover the many other ill effects of breathing somebody else’s cigarette smoke, of course, which include asthma and possibly cardio-pulmonary disease.”

        Gee, maybe cancer isn’t the only potential problem? You should have read the story.

        • FisherofTruth

          just reread the article. i didn’t see anything in the article about it causing asthma. and if you already had asthma you should avoid areas with smoke. I also didn’t see anything about the 76,000 person study suggesting potential cardio-pulmonary disease.

          i would much rather live in a society without seat belt, with lots of trans-fats, some second hand smoke, exciting playgrounds, and unprotected sex. this super protective society we live in is getting more nanny-ish all the time. thank God, vegans haven’t banned meat.

          • Lisa Stetler Insana

            Kevmo pulled that quote right out of the article. It can indeed cause asthma. And people with asthma should have a right to go out to public places and not wind up breathless. Thank God for public smoking bans.

          • FisherofTruth

            ok saw the sentence. went to epa website where they made the claim second-hand smoke could cause asthma but sited no reference material. I then went to the cdc website on second-hand smoke and they had much the same info as the epa but in their big list of bad things second-hand smoke does they did not have ‘can cause cancer.’ if you can provide a link with scientific data showing a direct causal link between second-hand smoke and the creation of asthma in individuals i would appreciate it.

            and, no, society as a whole should not have to bend over for peanut allergy people, or asthma people or whatever minority you are in. they have no ‘right’ to special treatment. they should take steps to prepare themselves for the environment or avoid the environment.

    • Ed Browning

      The COPD is probably from the aerosol hair spray. I highly doubt that second hand smoke did it unless you shotgunned the smoke.

      • Lisa Stetler Insana

        I highly doubt that I have COPD from aerosol hairspray considering the fact that I don’t, nor have I ever, used aerosol hair spray. I did, however, live with two chain smokers for 12 years. Two and a half cartons a week between the two of them. My daughter had constant ear infections. Magically, once I left, no more ear infections. I kind of think my doctor, a pulmonary specialist, knows what she is talking about.

        • FisherofTruth

          your story is anecdotal. i could cite hundreds of people from my home town who grew up surrounded by chain smokers in closed environments. and, yes, kids are too safe these days. we are creating generations of wussies unprepared for a tough world

          • sony2005

            This is the problem: ignorance. You think data on second hand smoke is made up? There are hundreds of scientific studies showing this. Please educate yourself!

          • FisherofTruth

            it is not ignorance. i am probably better educated than you. i think a healthy human body can deal effectively with the tiny bit of crap in second-hand smoke. and i do believe most people who set about testing second-hand smoke go into it with the goal of finding it bad. there are semi-dangerous things all around us. i do not want people forcing me to wear seat belts or motorcycle helmets or bike helmets, or stopping places from using beef fat to make fries, etc. etc. when i hear of towns removing monkeybars or teeter totters cause they are too dangerous i want to hit somebody in the head. the kid with the peanut allergy shoudl avoid the school cafeteria. they shouldn’t ban all the other kids from bringing peanut butter sandwiches to school.

            oh yeah, and quit putting safety warning on everything. do i need to know to not use a hair dryer in the shower?

          • timbo59

            No, but ultimately it’s you and others that pay, through increased premiums and costs, when some idiot turns around and sues because no one told him not to iron his shirt while he was wearing it.

          • FisherofTruth

            i also like the large scale study i posted.

            people used to freak out about cholesterol in eggs and many people still avoid the ‘scary’ yolks. even when the facts came out that eggs aren’t really bad for you, it was too late, the false scary info had become accepted as ‘fact’

          • mcpierogipazza

            You’re the one with anecdotal evidence. Lisa is right, and there is a ton of research to back her up.

          • FisherofTruth

            the large scale study i posted was not anecdotal

    • J. Longstreet

      Everyone in my family smoked when I was growing up, except one of my grandmas. All of my friends’ parents smoked, too. Many of my friends began smoking in H.S. (which was allowed, you just had to do it out on the loading dock with the teachers whose classrooms were too far away from the teacher’s lounge to grab a smoke there during the passing period). I smoked from age 15-35. To my knowledge, none of us have lung diseases like you ended up with. Either you got it from something else or you’ve got a really weak immune system.

      • Lisa Stetler Insana

        I do not have a weak immune system and an immune system is for fighting off bugs, not toxins breathed into your lungs. You must have lucked out. My ex father in law smoked for about 10 years. In his 60’s they discovered scarring in his lungs from smoking and stage four lung cancer. I can’t believe in this day and age people are still defending smoking. I also think my doctor knows more than you do. I have scarring in my lungs. She can’t believe that I’ve never smoked in my life but only lived with two chain smokers for 12 years.

        • Brian

          Nobody is defending smoking. But nobody is buying your ridiculous exaggerations either.

    • Kaylee6

      I think the author makes the point, especially on that, it’s a *good* thing we are taking steps not to expose children to second-hand smoke. But with all of the smoking that was going on, it’s surprising that the majority of us *don’t* have serious pulmonary diseases.

    • Brian

      From the American Lung Association: “moking, a main cause of small cell and non-small cell lung cancer,
      contributes to 80 percent and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in women
      and men, respectively. Men who smoke are 23 times more likely to develop
      lung cancer. Women are 13 times more likely, compared to never smokers.”

      Secondhand smoke is nowhere near as dangerous as actual smoking.

    • Fergor

      Second hand smoke is a myth.. as are most stories and fear mongering about smoking.. wake up

  • Danny Wade

    One wonders how kids who were raised under these conditions grew up to be so overprotective.

    • J. Longstreet

      That’s actually a pretty good observation, Danny. I’m not sure the GenX crowd is the ones treating kids like they’re made of glass. The ’70s was my time of kidhood and most everyone my age has grandchildren now. Mine are H.S. & college and we were right on the edge of all this bike helmet, car seat, sunscreen craze. My kids never wore bike helmets and then the older they got they were more and more the minority of kids. I think all this overprotective nannyism started in the mid-late ’90s. I’d guess.

      • Vicki

        “bike helmet, car seat, sunscreen craze.” Ahh yes, head trauma, death from car accidents and melanoma are all such a ‘craze’

        • J. Longstreet

          That’s not what I said. I feel sorry for you. Your ignorant smugness in your comments are embarrassing and you don’t even seem to know it.

          • Rosey P

            That’s because she looks like she’s about 20. Give it about a decade and few kids later and see if she still has the same smug undertone.

        • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

          No one is saying that. We’re just laughing at how different our lives were back then.

        • Evgeny Shamo

          You can’t control everything.

      • Sophie

        This article brings back great memories, although I
        do believe there can be a 75/25 happy medium: 75% childhood of the 70s/25% improvement over the last decade. On a side note, J. Longstreet, Did you and your
        children marry AND have children when you/they were 18? Otherwise, I’m
        not sure how you were a kid in the 70s and now have grandkids in
        college. Puzzling.

        • Jeff Blanks

          I’m afraid we’ll wind up keeping all the wrong things and getting rid of all the wrong things, pretty much like we’ve been doing for the past few decades.

      • Sophie

        This article brings back great memories, although I
        do believe there can be a 75/25 happy medium: 75% childhood of the
        70s/25% improvement over the last decades. On a side note, J. Longstreet,
        Did you and your
        children marry AND have children when you/they were 18? Otherwise, I’m
        not sure how you were a kid in the 70s and now have grandkids in
        college. Puzzling.

        • J. Longstreet

          No, my kids are in H.S. & college. 🙂 No grandkids yet. But a fair amount of my contemporaries have grandkids now. I only mention that because the original commenter mentioned that Generation Xers are overprotecting our kids. I was just pointing out the GenX is almost entirely past the having little kids stage of life. Maybe the Millenials?

        • roseba

          I was born in 1970 and have a 9 year old. I could have easily had kids when I was in my 20’s, even early 20’s and have elementary aged grand kids. Some of my old classmates do. It is possible.

          I love the part of the cigarettes. I told my daughter it was everywhere and people passing by would constantly burn us children. (Now she gets knocked into, but at least the people don’t have cigarrettes in their hands.)

          I’m absolutely baffled why I see some teens trying out smoking. I can understand my generation getting into it, because it really was EVERYWHERE, but before we graduated JHS we knew it was terrible for you. Dial up two generations later, and it just makes me shake my head in disbelief. Heck, it’s been banned in public places since I was in college.

      • Jeff Blanks

        Right–when the ’70s kids were at their peak of having small-to-medium-sized kids of their own.

    • mothra1

      See my response above, Danny….. yes, it sucks, but we literally have different societal norms and expectations, legal ramifications for the simplest mistakes, etc….

  • Cathy Kifer

    Many generations of children survived many a family gathering where Jarts were played and beer flowed like water and no one was blinded, impaled or otherwise maimed, beyond an occasional adult hangover. I recently bought a set of Jarts on eBay in pristine condition- in the original packaging. The tradition lives on!

    • Jim

      Wow you should really get your facts right before you sound off. Ebay does not allow the sale of jarts, they are banned from resale and manufacture by the federal govt as well. And there are confirmed deaths and impalement’s by jarts.

      • J. Longstreet

        I believe you about ebay. But I’m not sure jarts are “banned by the federal government”. I’m pretty sure that’s an urban myth. I’ll check it out, though.

        • Carnwennan

          I have two sets, one are actual Jarts® and the other a Sears® knockoff. The sale of them is not banned by the government, but the products were recalled and resale is discouraged. The most frequent victims of Jarts were family pets attempting to chase and catch.

  • KingLarry

    I never saw no Mom on my block like the one with the kids on the bikes!

  • ohh… thank you for the memories!!

  • Chris Byers

    jarts. Yes. My ex wifes brother threw one straight up and it impaled itself in the top of his head. He had to be rushed to the hospital. He lived.

    • FisherofTruth

      did you take a picture?

  • Andrew Roling

    I waver on stuff like this.

    Some of the negligence and lack of forethought during decades like the 70’s went too far, but then again, today, helicopter parents and bubble wrap parents sometimes go too far, too.

    • Barbara Finger

      sometimes parents go too far today – I would hate to be a kid today or have my kids today – grandkids are different as I am not in control – but I told my kids ‘go out and play’ – no going in and out the door – ride your bikes and no helmet – helmets were considered for sissy’s – my son had a bb gun and did manage to shoot his sister in the stomach but it just bounced off and hit the ground – they and I had slip ‘n slides and water wiggles – they walked to the bus stop and waited for the bus with the other kids – no I did not walk them that block except in kinder – they stayed alone if we weren’t able to be there and if they didn’t act right in public they went and sat in the car – we all survived

  • Renee Martin

    LOL, my apartments have 2 of those old, “hazardous” metal playgrounds. There are even the old metal 20′, break you arm if you fall, slides. Of course there is no safety cage on top like new slides. And they are fast!

    When the kids here aren’t playing on the playgrounds, they are climbing the trees, roaming unattended in groups, having water fights, and biking and skateboarding (most do wear helmets, its state law for the under 15).

    While I don’t miss all the smoking, and prefer seat belts, there IS a lot we could learn from looking back. The idea of risk for reward is pretty much ignored by the “safety by all means necessary” crowd. My kids are very small, but still do lots of things considered dangerous, like Parkour, BMX, rock climbing, swimming. They learn a lot from it, even though there is a real risk of injury.

    • maudelynn13

      I remember horror stories about the monkey bars above asphalt. I seem to recall, vaguely, someone from my neighborhood cracking open her head and dying, or being seriously injured. It was a long time ago.

      • David Goodwin

        I knew a boy who fell off a monkey bar thing (they were wet) and bit his tongue open. I think it was quite a serious wound as soon after all the local schools had their monkey bars removed 🙁

  • punstress

    So true! Anybody remember click-clacks? Supposedly the clacking balls could shatter and put an eye out. I remember wondering what all the fuss was about, I just wanted them!

    • FisherofTruth

      at first they were made of glass and one or two stupid kids did smash them and get hurt. then they started making them out of super hard plastic. which turned out could also shatter. then they went to a different material and by then nobody wanted click-clacks anymore

  • Jeffrey Dean

    It’s insane how over protective things have gotten. In my opinion it’s all
    part of pushing the nanny state agenda and conditioning an entire
    generation of kids that being constantly controlled and observed is the
    norm. I mean, it’s literally illegal to do these things today. We are
    figuratively suffocating our kids and then wondering why the new
    generations have absolutely no concept of things like privacy rights or
    proper independence.

    • J. Longstreet

      Well-stated. Kudos.

    • RobSiegmund

      If the agenda is to push the nanny state then this is a very sane strategy. You can’t sell nanny statehood to brave people, you need to find fearful people. Once you do, they’ll buy your regulations by the bushel.

      Hell, once you get them going, they’ll even call brave folk stupid for “clinging” to their freedom. Didn’t some smart guy once say something about nothing to fear other than fear itself? He was on to something.

    • roseba

      It’s not the nanny state, it’s the litigious state. It’s all about lawyers and getting sued.

  • robingee

    “Sun BLOCK or sun SCREEN was basically nonexistent. You wanted to AMPLIFY your rays, so women typically lathered on Crisco and baby oil to get that deep baked look.”

    And that’s why a lot of us have melanoma now. As things progress we figure out ways to not die or be injured.

    • mcpierogipazza

      And I remember the older women who tanned and smoked to the point of having faces that looked like catcher’s mitts. Like the little old lady in “There’s Something About Mary.”

  • mojorisin73

    The millennial generation will never know the fun we gen xrs had growing up.

  • Jim

    Truth! LOL

  • Kaylee6

    What about the giant trenches under the swings, from hundreds of kids using their feet to stop? Not my feet…because my standard method of getting off the swings was to jump off whilst at the top of an arc. My grandmother saw me do that and practically had a coronary. (Dad said “Well, if she busts an ankle, then she’ll stop doing it.”)

    • Jim Snyder

      I have a friend who recently felt she was the worst Mom in the world because her kid got splashed while waiting for the bus from a car going through a puddle. I think the kid will back up next time and be better prepared for the world from the experience.

    • timbo59

      Hey, you must be my long lost sibling! I used to love doing that! My other favourite was trying to see how far up I could make the swing go without killing myself- usually at the point where the pendulum effect would stop and you’d simply start crashing down vertically!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        The girls next door and I would swing high enough to make the swing set legs start jumping out of the ground. One day the swing set totally collapsed all around us. No more swing set.

  • Cannw

    I grew up running barefoot all over the neighborhood with my friends. Rode mini-bikes barefoot. Drank water from hoses and the water fountains at the park.. Petted many neighborhood dogs and probably did not always was my hands before I ate a snack. – Always before meals though. I climbed trees and fell out of them and miraculously did not break anything. Remember slip n slide? Yea… No seat belts and leaded gasoline. No car seats in the backseats and lots of smoking. Somehow, I survived to be quite healthy. I think of my grandparents and great grandparents who I had the pleasure of spending lots of time with as i grew up. And they all had long lives to almost one hundred and none of them were vegan or vegetarian. Biscuits and gravy were served regularly at breakfast along with bacon eggs and toast with real butter. Biscuits were made with Crisco (lard). We all ate food from the grocery store. I have often wondered why my grandparents and great grandparents lived so long if everything was so bad.

  • Brian Katcher

    Every generation thinks they were the last to take risks and the first to have sex. My father’s generation said this about me, my daughter will be saying this about my grandkids one day. It’s a rite of passage when you get…OLD.

  • Steve Mills

    The only people who need helmets when riding bikes are people who race them or maybe those who ride in city traffic. Little kids whose heads are closer to the ground when they’re riding a bike are more at risk when they’re walking than when riding a bike.

    • Bimmerman

      If you bother to ask at your local Neurosurgery Unit, you’ll find it’s speed of impact and impact area whcih dictate the amount of brain damage. Yes, you can trip up, hit your head on the kerb and suffer major neurotrauma (seen it happen). Equally, on a bike you can fall off and get away with a dose of gravel rash (done it). However, the faster you are travelling and the less protection you have, the more likely you are to injure the brain. The most frequent trauma customers at the above mentioned Neurosurgery Unit are drunk people falling down the stairs, horse riders (those helmets aren’t the best design when falling off dobbin) and cyclists involved in RTCs. We can’t do much about the drunk people, but we can educate/inform cyclists and horse riders and save a few lives in the process. If you look at a modern car you can see how much engineering has gone in to saving lives and you can quantify how many additional lives have been saved by that engineering. Equally, you can legislate for safety measures (e.g. motorcycle helmets and car seat belts) and do the same. I’ll happily accept some education and even some legislation if it improves my chances (although I would like to have access to any evidence that the latter is based on, since legislators are like journalists, generally useless).

      • MarkD

        So the neighbor kid shooting an arrow straight up in the air was probably not a good idea? This was the fifties. It didn’t matter, the Russians were going to nuke us all anyway.

        It was “go out and play, come back when the street lights are on.” Mom and dad did care.

  • Edward Bliss

    Today kids have counseling and hotlines for bullying. Back in the 70s we just dealt with the problem ourselves…with our two fists! End of story.

    • sony2005

      didn’t work out for many but of course you wouldn’t know. You want to explain how a 75 pound kid is supposed to defend himself from 3 kids twice his size? are you ok with drugging girls at parties and then posting their naked photos online?

    • mcpierogipazza

      You sound like a bully yourself. I was a quiet, shy kid who was bullied terribly. I loved school in general but dreaded going for years, which is especially sad since my father was violent at home, so no place was safe. And the problems at home are why I got bullied. The worse my dad’s violence, the more I withdrew and got quiet, so the more bullies picked on me. By age 15, I was suicidal.

      Oh, and as a guy you probably never had to deal with being grabbed in the crotch or the ass at school or the local pool as young as age 12. I remember the street harassment starting at that time too, and girls were told not to respond to these creeps because if you angered them they might do worse.

      I hope you’re not a parent.

      • Marie Gallagher Fisher

        @ mcpierogipizza My older brother was my abuser (well, and my mom, who allowed it), so I can relate. I hope that you have found help to deal with that kind of pain. You are not alone.

    • Evgeny Shamo

      You’re right. I was bullied at school for the first three years and nothing seemed to help much until one day I got angry (and lucky) enough and smashed some bully’s fingers with the door (ten points for me) Later the same year I got berzerk and caught one of the bigger ones unaware and just hit him with everything I had, including heavy plastic-and-metal pencil-case right in the face. And you know what? I became friends with most of the class after that, no one tried to pull shit on me anymore. God knows how many times this expirience helped me in me adult life. Might have been dead already if I didn’t learn to stand up for myself at early age.

  • BMW_rider

    YES! I have a jart wound! Impaled through my left knee, right under my kneecap. And I’ve got a scar on either side to prove it. My how times have changed. It was the Lord of the Flies, indeed.

  • Ashley

    I was born in 1983 and remember doing (or not doing) all of these things. With kids of my own now, I do find myself being MORE protective than my parents were of me, not necessarily overprotective. It’s not so much about the cuts and scrapes (or falling to your death from a piece of playground equipment), but all the crazies out there that force me to prohibit my children from playing in the front yard by themselves! It’s truly a sad thing. My kids are missing out on some of the awesomeness of being a kid not because I don’t trust them, it’s that I don’t trust everyone else.

    • Synnamin

      Out of curiosity, to which “crazies” are you referring? The ones who’ll call CPS on you if you leave your child out of sight for a moment, or the threat of predators?

      Given the fact that there aren’t any more predators than there used to be (some argue that there are fewer than there were, but I’m not certain whether that’s due to lack of opportunity or better policing or what), I’m personally way more afraid of other parents calling CPS.

      • sony2005

        do yourself a favor and search the sex offender list in your area code. Your jaw will drop. And do go in an read the convictions so you can see these are not minor offenses by many.

        • Synnamin

          Oh, I’m aware of the databases and have looked at them. Scary stuff. But just because I’m now aware of the proximity of bad people doesn’t mean that there’re now more of them in the world, nor that I or my children are more at risk. It simply means that I and local law enforcement are more aware. The databases also don’t take into account people who are truly rehabilitated and who are absolutely no threat to anyone any more.

          With that information I can either a) hide in my house and distrust everyone and screw up my kid’s ability to interact with the real world or b) use it to encourage myself and children to learn common-sense precautions in the very-unlikely event a predator does approach one of us. And statistically, I should be WAY more afraid of my family members than I am of strangers.

          • sony2005

            nobody is advocating hiding away in a house. For example, there is safety in numbers. So having many kids together and at least one adult nearby is enough. That doesn’t screw up any kids. And for the record, child molesters have the highest rates of recidivism. The only reason more crimes are committed by family members is because they are 1000 times more in contact with a relative than a stranger is. Man some people don’t understand statistics!

          • Synnamin

            wow. way to end a discussion. “I hope you’re not a parent.” No wonder civic discourse is the way it is.

          • sony2005

            You think is civilized discourse to imply that protective parents are screwing up their kids? Just because you say it in the first person doesn’t change the insult. It is also inflammatory and offensive to imply that being a protective patent means hiding your kids in the house. You have to make it sound extreme so that it fits your narrative. My statement was offensive , true. But you don’t fool anybody with your passive aggressive comments!

    • mcpierogipazza

      You’ve fallen for the 24-hour news cycle induced paranoia about stranger abductions. Look into the actual statistics and you’ll see that these are actual rare, and that the numbers haven’t gone up, just the public perception.

  • sony2005

    not sure I get the point of this article. wearing a helmet to ride a bike, having soft surfaces on playgrounds only make fun activities a lot safer, and dont take away the fun. Inhaling smoke and not wearing sunblock is no fun for anybody nor does it enhance the learning experience, and while being in the car without a seatbelt may be fun, it is not worth the risk. Not one of these examples enhance the learning or fun experience and we should not shame or belittle parents that follow these reasonable guidelines backed up by tons if research and statistics! the only one that does interfere with fun is not letting kids outside all day to go play without some supervision. I agree that interfers with the childhood experience. However, I dont accept the notion that for those not comfortable with that idea tht there is no equally fun options , and enriching ones at that. Let people be!

    • Stephanie M Gutmann

      Of course wearing a helmet takes away the fun! Helmets are hot they make your head sweat and mess up your hair. There is nothing like the feeling of zooming along the sidewalk on a hot day with the wind blowing through your hair

      • sony2005

        fine. then don’t YOU were a helmet. I’m pretty sure kids riding their bikes up and down all day could careless as to whether they are wearing a helmet or not but certainly are happy to have an intact skull, when their bike hits the curve and they go head first into the pavement, lol

        • Evgeny Shamo

          Some people argue that helmets actually make riding a bike LESS safe because they can cause accidents that would not happen otherwise. being uncomfortably hot, having less mobility, false feeling of safety – these all add up to the accidents that might have not happened otherwise.Wearing a helmet should be a matter of choise.

    • alwr

      Letting kids play on their own is actually an important part of development. They learn problem solving, independence, conflict resolution, and are forced to be creative. Research is not in your corner on the idea of never leaving them alone and never allowing them unstructured time.

      • sony2005

        alone doesn’t mean unsupervised and play dates don’t have to be structured at all. You can leave your kids alone to play without any structure for hours and still have some degree of supervision. When I grew up in a dangerous country, we had a large back yard full of trees and swing sets and make-shift toys and we spent hours there imagining, role playing, and just plain having fun with my friends.My mom, would peak through the window at times, and that was just fine by us. In my area alone (within a 10 mile radius), a nice area too!, there are at least 30 registered sex offenders, 12 of them with significant abuse convictions on very young children. While the probability is low of something happening, it it very high that it will be an unsupervised child that will be the target and such a child will stand no chance whatsoever against an adult. Do we have more of these people these days? do they have better ways of getting away from an area (better highways, cars, less interaction between neighbors so a stranger is immediately recognized, etc), are they more prone to act out given images from TV and internet? I don’t know the answers but I sure wouldnt test it if I were one of these parents. Your utopia doesn’t exist and people who understand that are intelligent, dedicated parents that want the best for their children and number one item is the list is safety.

  • sony2005

    not sure I get the point of this article. wearing a helmet to ride a bike, having soft surfaces on playgrounds only make fun activities a lot safer, and dont take away the fun. Inhaling smoke and not wearing sunblock is no fun for anybody nor does it enhance the learning experience, and while being in the car without a seatbelt may be fun, it is not worth the risk. Not one of these examples enhance the learning or fun experience and we should not shame or belittle parents that follow these reasonable guidelines backed up by tons if research and statistics! the only one that does interfere with fun is not letting kids outside all day to go play without some supervision. I agree that interferes with the childhood experience. However, I dont accept the notion that for those not comfortable with that idea tht there are no equally fun options , and enriching ones at that. Let people be!

  • jon_levy

    Yes, the playground at my grade school was a mine field. I remember a kid flying off the swing set and landing on whatever gravel/dirt surface there was an had one of those fractures where the bone juts out of the skin.

    And a metal platform tower thing complete with ladders on two sides and metal bolts sticking out of it. Once a kid slipped off of it and tore a gash through their leg clear through the muscle.

    The 70’s were also where you’d find random items of printed porn on the ground sometimes in the woods or on a dead end street. If it wasn’t going to physically maim you at least it could mentally warp you.

    • LongLostFriend

      My first encounter with porn was just that: a torn-out, close-up photo of fellatio found in the woods near my house. I still remember my neighbor’s dad sitting down with the two of us to have a talk about how the image was inappropriate.

      Good thing we have the Internet now so that our kids can have their first accidental run-in with porn in the safety of their own homes…

  • jon_levy

    Halloween we went trick or treating until pitch dark or you were called in, without adults dragging you down. We brought the loot back to a friend’s house, spread it out on the floor (while drinking hot chocolate) and sorted it by candy, chocolate, fruit (went in the trash), and miscellaneous. If it had a wrapper on it, we ate it, despite the urban legends of candy being laced with LSD or nails or blades.

    There were also the supposed LSD-laced tattoos in boxes of Cracker Jack. 🙂

    • sony2005

      pretty sure people still do that. lol. just not with toddlers…..

  • mothra1

    In response to Chris Dedrickson, yes, I totally agree, but that was a different world. Now people get shot up everywhere, anytime, for no reason, by some entitled, mentally ill, (usually white) guy. The world is *literally a lot sicker, scarier, less warm, ironically less connected as humans (even with all our fancy tech) than it was then, oh, and did I mention people are ready to sue over ANYthing… ?!? Playgrounds are ripe with lawsuits waiting to happen, so they have to make it sterile and shitty now (yes, it blows, bigtime). Kids HAVE to be protected a lot more, we have no choice, the innocence is gone. And I am quite confident that kids from the 70’s who *now have kids resent the nonstop stress incurred by this reality. And like robingee states, yes, there are still plenty of kids wanting to mess themselves up! 🙂

    • Synnamin

      except that the country is not more violent (with the exception of school shootings – definitely a lot more of those – and certain urban areas). We’ve all been conditioned to think it is because those are the stories we see on the news every day. If it bleeds, it leads, regardless of the fact that there’s less to worry about now than there was in the 70s. We just hear about it a lot more, making people paranoid.

    • genki831 .

      Shot up…by some…(usually white) guy? Well, people get mugged in the cities by some (usually black) guy. How does that make you feel?

  • Dog Pound

    We just have to get rid of those law suits, then things will get back to normal.

  • Jarts were definitely deadly. We did have seat belts in the sixties and seventies, but the more usual restraint device was your mom’s arm hopelessly trying to keep you from slinging into the (metal) dashboard on a quick stop. Enjoy.

    • F’mal DeHyde

      I thought it was just my mom that did that. I laughed at her once, asking how she thought that would keep me from going through the windshield and she got a little huffy. No more superarm protection for me after that!

      • LongLostFriend

        I am unclear: did she make you wear a seatbelt after that, or just leave you to your own devices? 🙂

        • F’mal DeHyde

          We had a ’63 Ford Falcon station wagon, I’m not sure it even *had* seat belts.

  • Michelle

    We did all these things. And the article is awesome…the comments…meh, not so much. We’ve just turned into a surly bunch who love to snipe at each other, haven’t we?

    Oh, and I have no sources to cite for that opinion..it just came out of my head.

    • genki831 .

      I agree with you on that second observation. It’s what makes me hate Facebook. I’ve seen it literally ruin friendships between people that would never have had the arguments they do in person that they do on Facebook. In a way I think the internet is ruining us. Or maybe in a different light it is changing us.

    • Scottilla

      It’s the lead in the pipes, gasoline and the paint that we drank from and inhaled.

    • Ty Jones

      “Best Comment” award goes to you, Michelle. 🙂

  • William556

    Also BB guns and pocket knives. Granted we weren’t allowed to handle them on our own until we were 12 or 14 or so (longer for the idiots who might never have been allowed to have them, usually by other kids who don’t trust those kids with weapons).

  • MeAndJuliaDownByTheSchoolYard

    This list should probably be children of the 60s & 70s, but that may just be me being unexpectedly old.

  • JPB

    The Jarts ban wasn’t parenting. It was lawyering.

    Most of these I agree can be dispensed with, but bike helmets are a good thing. I’d be spoon feeding my husband and teaching him how to walk and talk again if it weren’t for a bike helmet.

    • FisherofTruth

      that’s cool. but let helmets be optional for those who want to use them. don’t force everyone to use them

  • FloatingOnAir

    My dad used to smoke right in my face during dinner. I’d sit there squirming because it smelled so bad and he didn’t give a crap.

  • IA_Adam

    Fantastic gams in #5.

  • rhorvati

    Today we get to sit back and have fun being nostalgic about how we managed to survive such disregard for safety. Sadly a lot of people didn’t survive the 70’s, be it a Jart to the head, a skull smashing onto pavement as a kid falls from his bike, or getting your sternum crushed into your heart and lungs as the steering wheel attempts to stop the momentum of your body as your car crumples around you. Changes have indeed saved lives and were likely the result of massive lawsuits were lawyers got really rich. Some can argue the gene pool may be a bit cleaner today because safety measures weren’t in place to prevent people with poor judgement from hurting themselves.

    • sony2005

      seriously. we can only see the comments from those lucky enough to make it, which is a majority since these events are low probability but not so low when it happens to you!

  • HelenL1

    Except my brother and my neighbor who died at 16 because they weren’t wearing a seatbelt and my sister who has skin cancer yes we did, didn’t we? I hate these stupid posts because not everyone turned out fine and it just irritates me. Your family turned out fine, mine didn’t and at some point it’s just not funny to relive. Hahaha isn’t it funny, we all inhaled second hand smoke and people are now dying of cancer but hey we all survived right? hahahaha Our parents were just so cool! Let’s celebrate how stupid we were in the 70s and call ourselves over protected now. It’s just so FUNNY!!

    • Jeysoos!!!

      looks like the wrong person died, I bet your siblings weren’t so up their own ass

      • sony2005

        you need therapy.

    • StepOne

      Please please kill yourself. Isnt it funny how all my relatives drank smoke and had a grand old time in the 70s yet they are ALL STILL ALIVE. Cancer is genetic, nothing you can do, or not do, will stop you from getting it.

      • Anthony Soto

        You’re an asshole.

  • sony2005

    I’m a little confused about something. Why are some of these comments here implying that playgrounds are not as intricate or fun as they were before, unless they think hitting your head in the asphalt is fun? the playgrounds these days are filled with twice or three time as many sets as those in the picture above, are just as high and just if not more varied in activities. Google playgrounds parks and see images. Some of them are amazing! yes the ground is softer but so what?

  • roadgeek

    Bruises, sprains and broken bones abounded. I only know of one classmate that was seriously hurt; he put one of his eyes out when he provoked a discarded car battery (found behind a garage) to explode. After he recovered, he came to school and entertained all the boys at recess by taking his glass eye out and passing it around. Cool beans, as they say. Some of my best memories were made playing in this enormous drainage ditch behind out subdivision. After a good rain, it ran pretty fast, and was a lot of fun. The thought of drowning never entered anyone’s mind.

  • rhorvati

    Voice over by grumpy old man. “Kids these days are so weak. Back in my day we put gas in our cars that contained lead. Painted our homes, kids toys, bikes, with paint laced with lead. Plumbed our houses with lead pipes. Everyone walking around, kids included, ingested enough lead that their
    blood had lead levels that would make a doctor today prescribe
    corrective therapy. Put asbestos in the insulation in our homes and in the brake linings of our cars. Used mercury in the fillings in our teeth and in our light bulbs Got rid of pests in our gardens with pesticides laced with PCB’s. My shoe store used X-ray machines to determine shoe fit. We were swimming in a sea of toxic chemicals and radiation…and we liked it. By golly it worked for us it should work for future generations.”

    Some people forget how good, the “good ‘old days” really were and the lifespans that were painfully shortened because of it. I know this article is a nice jab at helicopter parents. There is a better way. To say you survived the 70’s playing Jarts, riding a bike without a helmet, and riding in a car without seat belts doesn’t mean everyone survived the 70’s.

    • LongLostFriend

      Lighten up, Francis.

    • Scottilla

      They may have survived the 70s, but they are the voters of today.

  • sony2005

    Most kids in the 70’s were born in the 60’s when most moms fed their baby formula instead of breast milk. Nowadays, helicopter moms make the rest feel bad about giving formula to their babies. Right? Me guessing those praising the 70 ways won’t be agreeing with me on this one !

  • Sandra Wellens

    No seatbelts either and babies could sit on your lap in the front seat. Those were the days

  • Mary Lou Caswell

    Wow, brought me right back to my childhood. Some of the safety measures in place now are good, many are just ridiculous. Poor kids are all turning into little cowards afraid to take a step. Seriously parents, send your kids out to play!

  • Cathy Adams

    I live in China, and the lack of safety standards described in this article are the way most everything is here, right now. The funny thing is, we don’t see any plethora of accidents the way Americans fear will happen if they don’t wrap their kids up in bubble wrap and watch them 24 hours a day.

  • loupman

    Seriously? You stated “Parents of 2014 need to be reminded of how less restricted, less supervised, less obsessively safety-conscious things were… and it was just fine.”

    it was just fine?

    the death rate for children aged 5-14 years was around 40 deaths per 100,000. Now it’s 15. Do ya think part of the reason is that we don’t do the things that this article is so nostalgic about? Source: http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/healthitarchive/images/mchb_infantmortality_pub.pdf

    You double down on your ignorance in your final paragraph – ” I’m just stating facts – this is the world we lived in. It was full of adults who didn’t seem to have anxiety attacks over our safety, and we turned out just fine….right?” NO. NOT RIGHT. But the dead children who never lived to see your article are too busy being dead to remind you that they are NOT FINE.

    • LongLostFriend

      You are right. That reduction has absolutely NOTHING to do with advances in medicine.

      In any case, the fact that .025% more children survive now (according to your figures) does not justify the state’s over-reaching invasion into how I raise my kids.

      And, as the author mentioned, none of the changes mentioned are bad ideas; it’s just pathetic how we are doing a disservice to our kids by wrapping them up in cocoons and discouraging even the slightest bit of risk-taking.

      • loupman

        Excuse me, I linked to the wrong article. I intended to reference CHILD mortality, not INFANT mortality. Clearly, infant mortality has much more to do with medicine than jarts and seatbelts. Here is the correct link: http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/images/mchb_child_mortality_pub.pdf

        A reduction of 25 per 100,000 from 40 per 100,000 is 0.025%? Where are you getting that number? The reduction is 62.5%.

        I really don’t think that wearing seatbelts and not giving our children death machines as toys is “over protecting” them. If someone can’t figure out how to help their child become a risk taker without giving them a death machine, then that person probably shouldn’t be a parent.

        Of course, I would say the same about the caricature of a parent that you describe – the cocoon-wrapping parent who doesn’t allow any risk. The reality is somewhere in between. As a father myself, I just prefer that when my kid takes a risk and loses, the result is a life-learning experience, but not a life altering one. And regulation of companies is an acceptable way to do that in my view.

        • roseba

          Not arguing for or against. However, the original post is right. The infant mortality rate from 0.04% to .025% is a statistically insignifant difference. The measures taken to decrease that rate by .015% were many. Whether the trade off is worth it or not is up to the readers of this article.

        • LongLostFriend

          “A reduction of 25 per 100,000 from 40 per 100,000 is 0.025%? Where are you getting that number? The reduction is 62.5%.”

          It is a 62.5% reduction, but 25 out of 100,000 kids is .025% of the total number of children.

          In other words, there weren’t that many kids dying in the first place.

    • Chris Wienke

      As the chart shows, rates of child mortality fell throughout the 20th century, including the 1970s, and into 21st century, suggesting that something beyond a shift in parenting practices explains most of the difference in child mortality over time.

      • loupman

        Chris, I’m uncertain which chart you are referring to, since I posted the wrong link in my original post. I apologize for that. Here is the correct link: http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/images/mchb_child_mortality_pub.pdf

        Of course many factors affect child mortality. Child labor practices in the early half of the 20th century, various diseases, and yes, dangerous products. Eliminating each of these reduces the death rate, and while we may be nostaligic for the “good old days”, let’s remember that there was a reason that people who actually lived then decided that something needed to be improved. The good old days weren’t always good, and tomorrow’s not as bad as it seems.

  • LongLostFriend

    You forgot the most perilous one of all: NO HAND SANITIZER!

    Can you imagine hordes of youngsters relying on nothing but their God-given immune systems to combat the potential tragedy of touching a door handle after someone else? It makes me shudder just to think about it.

    Also: I teach teenagers, and you would not believe how some of them are absolutely unable to initiate a conversation with an unrelated adult, even in a completely populated and public place of business, because of “stranger danger.” I am not trying to minimize the importance of protecting our children, but when almost-adults see every grown-up they do not know as a potential kidnapper or child molester, it has crossed over into “ridiculous” territory.

  • Michael Riggans

    The neatest thing about the seventies was that people didn’t seem as divided as they are now.

  • I’m a child of the 70’s, and as a teen in the 80’s I went to The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever (Action Park). The video truly is a Must-See.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb1h2XqKsIY

    • FisherofTruth

      action park was awesome! the alpine slide was great!

  • Scottilla

    And these are good things?

  • Brian Preble

    I’m a child of the 70’s as well. Most of those things were fine, though I never saw lawn darts anywhere, and smoking was always a bad thing. Those children ARE dying, and rightfully so.

    • tvance929

      wow.

  • tvance929

    Jart chicken, Roman candle chicken, bb guns & slingshot wars, no friggin bike helmets even with homemade giant ramps (that at some point were GUARENTEED TO fall apart — sucks if you’re the one it breaks on), hot metal slides of searing flesh, climbing trees, laying in the back window area of the vehicle, rolling down some hill inside some large pipe we found… good times, good times…

  • Graham King

    As a kid my summers were spend playing in the woods with my friends for hours on end. We’d come home when we were tired or thirsty. No water bottles, no snacks, no cell phone. Get lost? Well figure it out. I’m going to try the same with my kids.

  • Stacy Garinger

    these are all true and I did every one of these… and my family contributed bountifullly to the second hand smoke… I made it through though. phew!!

  • Ddub

    For all of you who are enjoying this read and are not into the arguing… And who really do have fond memories of growing up in the ’70s… and who might want to spend a little more time reminiscing…

    You might want to check this fun nostalgic summer read: http://www.my70sbook.com/

  • Wrongperson53

    I used to play on a huge rocket slide at a local park. We’d go to the very top and shake it as other kids were getting on lol. Those days were so much fun.

  • Bob

    “and we turned out just fine…. right?”
    Except the ones who died or were severely injured/paralyzed of course…

    Why the hell do you think regulations for helmets, smoking, seat-belts, etc were implemented? Random government intervention?

    • GleeBunny

      Exactly. “We turned out just fine…” For now, maybe? The lung and skin cancer diagnoses come much later.

      There was a girl in my neighborhood…spoiled-rotten doctor’s kid… who was very mean to me on the bus (this was the mid-80s). She later got into a bike accident…you guessed it, no helmet. Suffered severe brain damage, was held back, had to learn a lot of basics over again. She also underwent a major personality change and was no longer a bully. I remember her coming up to me after she got her grade for the “Functional Literacy Exam” we all had to take junior year (I was a senior) and was so happy and proud that she passed, and I congratulated her. I guess things happen for a reason sometimes. I wonder if she’d had a helmet would she be as sweet-natured today, work as hard at things? That being said, don’t get me wrong I’m all FOR helmets!

      • Fergor

        Wow living in a state of paranoia must suck for you.. boogita boogita, the “cansa is right around da corna” for people like you

    • Fergor

      Liberals, thats where these laws came from

  • Harry Lounsberry

    lawyers and lawsuits, insurance companies

    • ActaNonVerba

      Correction…..Lawyers, Insurance companies and slimebag populist politicians playing on fear to get votes.

    • androphiles

      We don’t have those now?

  • Nora-Adrienne Deret

    Hell, I was a latch key kid in the late 50’s. I had a city bus pass to get to school also. Oh and sunbathing on Brighton Beach in Brooklyn? BABY OIL AND IODINE… got a great tan. LOL

  • Zac

    I don’t remember the neighborhood convenient store getting shot up every week when I was a kid. Now, yeah it is. If you don’t live around the violence you can pretend it doesn’t exist. Believe everything you read. Go ahead.

  • mtnester

    Love how the mom in # 5 looks like she is wearing heels while pushing the kids on their bicycles..!

  • kacie

    Not right. I grew up in this era. My brother died in a bicycle accident that he would probably have survived if he had been wearing a helmet. My son had a similar accident, it destroyed his helmet, but fortunately, not his brain. I have myself checked each year for skin cancer because I am fair skinned and grew up in an era without any real sun protection. And I’ve known people who have died from this cancer. Most of these risks are real, our parents just didn’t know what could happen, until it was too late.

  • Pamela Alexander

    Yes and baby’s in a basket on the back seat for safety, nothing else… No straps no nothing. And I remember travelling in my uncle’s car with no back seat at all, myself and my cousins bouncing up and down on the springs……….we had a ball and we are still all here to tell the story.

  • 4FREEDOM

    – NO seat belts – you learned to sit down – for a good reason (Dad would spank, or you might hit seat in front of you if he stopped fast!!) metal slides were H O T – we learned to stay off them with shorts on or cover our legs, jungle gyms we high – we learned daily how to use arms and legs to become agile and strong; see-saws (interesting lessons reguarding weights) were usually home made unless in school yards/playgrounds, swings had heavy chains with heavy boards as seats – we learned to NOT get in the way AND not to swing to high, cause really felt like you’d go over the suspension bar. Ther were in 50’s/60’s – pea shooters, BB guns(prerequisite for real guns – a training must) cap guns, bows/arrows, sling shots, go carts with out brakes – downhill- until brakes were devised, roller skates/metal rollers (also a device to try downhill) – guess what was LEARNED by that one?!!! Stilts !!! Got first knife @ 8yrs old in Girl Scouts – taught us HOW to use knives correctly! Our age is the baby boomers that gov is worried about, cause there are so many of us! I have all my fingers, eyes, toes, both legs and arms, ears, etc. I LEARNED how to live, exist and thrive in life.

  • Kate Bruce

    I’m totally a child of the 90s with one of those burns from leftover 70s playground structures. Scarred for life!

  • CaptainBlake

    This seriously made my morning, thank you. And for those who weren’t around to experience it, let me assure you it’s all true. One of the many joys I find in revisiting 70’s cinema comes from spotting examples of these lost delights. Recently, and I can’t remember which film this was, I gasped at the image of a doctor lighting up in a hospital room. Better yet, turns out he was looming over a cancer patient as he puffed away, both oblivious to any potential hazards. And this scene was clearly not played for laughs. That was the magic of the 70’s.

  • THROWSLEFTSHOOTSRIGHT

    And eating things that came out of the ground – including the ground!

  • Jack Stone

    Not everyone turned out fine. Looks at the stats around seat belts. How many people died from second hand smoke that cant post here today. Bike helmets may look stupid but they do save lives. Just because we can laugh at this and post comments about how we turned out ok, there are many people who did not and are not alive to comment.

    • timbo59

      Very true. Motorbike helmets have to be legally enforced in Australia for years, and I can personally vouch for the fact that it may well have saved my life – and what little looks I possess! came off a bike at high speed and went skidding along on my front for what seemed like forever. Got badly cut on my legs and arms, and only later, when I looked at the helmet, did I realize how well it had protected me. From the chin guard on up, all the paint had been scraped away down to the fiberglass. Little imagination to realize what damage would have occurred without it. Riding bikes is dangerous enough – people who ride without helmets, especially recklessly, are basically idiots waiting to be hospitalized. Nothing is more ludicrous than living in a country like the USA where bikers are freely allowed to jeopardize their safety every single day while cops nail regular motorists constantly for not wearing seatbelts! Anywhere else people would die laughing on hearing omething like that.

    • Fergor

      Paranoia alert Paranoia alert

  • timbo59

    Only problem with No. 7 is that I think it’s a girl supposedly about to cop it ‘in the nuts’! Could be wrong of course – just looks like a hint of a pony tail behind that head of hair, or it could be someone standing there mostly obscured from view.

    For boys like myself growing up in Australia back in the 70’s and earlier, the biggie
    that we’d consider missing from the list is ‘corporal punishment’, which got banned by
    the end of the decade. Caning used to be the standard form of
    punishment, which meant receiving an almighty ‘thwack’ across your bare
    hand or fingers, depending on the teachers aim. Some teachers in
    particular had awesome reputations for the pain they could inflict and the
    ease with which they could wind their action up, baseball-style, and bring that 3′ – 4′
    piece of pliable wood swishing through the air with alarming noise and
    speed down across your delicate digits. You’d get two cuts of the cane –
    one on each hand – for minor infractions like talking in class or not
    turning in homework. Schoolyard rules dictated that anyone who couldn’t
    take two cuts without crying was a weakling. Four was for more serious
    offenses that would take you to the limits of your pain threshold and
    bravado. Six cuts was reserved for the major offenses like fighting,
    vandalism, etc and was rarely dispensed. NO ONE could stand up to that,
    absolutely no one, without breaking down sobbing in pain and walking away holding their
    hands under their armpits for hours afterwards! Six cuts would routinely see you sent home for the day – not for punishment, but because your hands would be useless to hold a pen or pencil. My first year in high school, when I was about 12, I
    received about 150 cuts of the cane in just my first term, all for ridiculous things like late assignments, etc – I had a music teacher who
    volunteered me into the school choir because he found out I had a decent voice, and when I wouldn’t turn up for
    the obligatorily practices during lunch break (who wants to give up
    recess when you could be playing with friends?) I’d receive four cuts of
    the cane the next time he’d have me in his class – boy, did that make me look
    forward to music class! It was brutal excesses like this that eventually got
    the practice banned.

    An obvious one that the writer also forgot
    to mention (likely because it’s an American article) is the plethora of
    injuries that kids would routinely suffer through fireworks back then.
    They finally got banned in Australia for safely
    purposes back in the late 70’s – too many kids were getting hurt. Roman
    candles at 10 paces, anyone? Oh, yeah, what does it matter if the
    occasional stray bounces off your head? Boys daring each other to
    hold bigger and bigger crackers to see who would finally balk or cry out
    in pain (trick is to hold them near the end!). Emptying the contents of
    all the fireworks into ice-cream containers and setting it all off in
    one spectacular display – if it didn’t explode? Or how about the popular
    diversion on your way home from school of blowing people’s mailbox’s up
    and watching all the contents fly everywhere in shreds?

    It can also be less than funny. They used to sell these fancy matches that
    would blaze away in different colours for a few seconds of
    phosphorescent brilliance, and I used to love playing with them. Then
    one day I was holding about 30 – 40 of them loosely in my right hand
    when someone walked by with a sparkler – poof! The phosphorous burns
    were so excruciating that I only remember the first 5 – 10 seconds of
    screaming – my mind blanked out the rest thankfully. Next thing I
    remember was waking up at home with my hand heavily bandaged, having
    been at the hospital for hours. I received daily treatment at the
    hospital for months on the charred mess, but eventually all the burnt
    flesh peeled or got cut away to reveal nice new flesh underneath on all
    my digits and the palm. Anywhere else I would have been scarred for
    life, but it turns out that the flesh on your hands is of a different
    kind to the rest of your body and regenerates normally – never mind all
    the pain sensors there as well! To this day burned meat, and the smell
    of the magic ointment they used, always reminds me of that incident.

  • Tritorie Mendicuss

    Remember pickup trucks back then? How they actually had BENCHES you could sit on when you weren’t sliding around the back of them? Fun stuff!

    You would be arrested letting your kids do that now.

  • Nimbus99

    I love this discussion. The “merits -of-smoking-not-smoking” aside. I remember petting strays and getting bitten just to get treated at home with alittle iodine or mercurachrome (i think they called it). We sharpened Popsicle sticks to make weapons, and climbed to the tops of huge oaks to peer into birds’ nests. I rode in the back of the pinto station wagon and felt like I had my own apartment! The dashboard was metal, and I was left in the car on the regular. I walked home about 8 blocks in 1st grade. My lil sister and I waited on the porch after school in elementary school. I was a safety guard and stood alone on the corner at 7am in 4th grade. I had click-clacks, poprocks, took my temp with a glass thermometer (buttally, too). The playgrounds were hard and metal. I admit, they dont LOOK as fun as today’s playgrounds, but they were NEVER filled with grownups either. I caught the city bus starting in 7th grade. I wrangled with my wife to let our son do the same in high school. His school was about 10 blocks away. She wouldnt let him. A week later, a random kid was shot and killed waiting at the busstop. I have little ones now again, and I would never ever let them even go onto the porch alone to get the mail. Sad, but t’is what t’is. Life is still awesome!

  • jackietg

    What a stupid article. Plenty of people did not end up fine, and that’s why there are regulations, and/or laws against some of these things. For every person posting that ended up fine there are thousands of others of children that didn’t. Skin cancer kills people, and many of them with it today were the sun worshippers of the 70s & 80s. Same with secondhand smoke. Many children of the 70s whose parents smoked now have lung cancer. Lots of kids got concussions while not wearing a helmet that now suffer symptoms they may not even know are related.

    • Take me back to the 60’s

      Come on man, it was a funny article poking fun at ourselves. Of course we are better off now, but it is funny how little concerned parents were back then.

      • androphiles

        “Of course we are better off now,…” Only someone who didn’t live then would say that. And the idea that parents were “little concerned” back then is ignorance redoubled. Parents were concerned–in their kids instead of in whether they looked like good parents to everyone else. PTA participation was at a level then it’s never been at again. They didn’t just buy the latest electronic gizmo and turn their kid loose with it.

        • novatom

          I’m 54, a child of the 60’s and 70s and I agree with 60s. We are better off now. In so many ways. People are always so quick to say “things were better in the old days.” More often than not, they weren’t.

          • androphiles

            And more often than that, if they weren’t there they don’t know.

    • timbo59

      Other way round guy, or does your thinking extend to the thought that for every person who walked away from a motorcycle accident means hundreds of others who didn’t? That would make for an interesting statistic.

      The point to the article is that despite the mayhem the vast majority of us got through okay despite the raft of issues. My father was a chain-smoker who habitually made the interior of the car look like a fog on wheels, but by and large I’ve made it to my mid 50’s with no sign of lung cancer to date. Obviously others didn’t fair so well.

      It’s the actuarial data that piles up that eventually leads to the changes in our lives, many for the better. But that doesn’t mean that the vast majority of us didn’t have a whale of a time in those more lenient times! Go back another generation and people will also talk about how they never locked their front doors and so on, so for all our regulated (and supposedly safer) lives, it can easily be stated that we don’t necessarily lead better quality lives. I have a ten year old daughter and there’s not a hope in hell that I’m letting her walk to school by herself or hang round out on the streets with her friends the way kids did back in my day, and I don’t think there’s many parents out there who would, at least in heavily populated areas. Give me a Norman Rockwell town to live in and perhaps I’ll ease back on my vigil!

  • H. Nasse

    No, you didn’t turn out just fine, considering you are the generation of worry-freak parents.

  • RickW1234

    the author says we turned out fine, but aren’t we the parents who insisted on helmets and seat belts, walked our kids to school instead of letting them walk alone and voted to ban smoking from public places. Those changes didn’t happen in a vacuum, we the children of those times caused them to happen

    • Take me back to the 60’s

      That’s cuz we got tired of the abuse lol.

    • Penny

      Nope, I didn’t vote them in.

    • Risky Business

      That’s because parents are bombarded by constant anecdotes and statistics of the horrors and dangers that lurk. Thank you, 24-hour news cycle.

    • Lindsey Breter

      Actually its more like the parents of the 60s and 70s. My parents and my friends parents ( I graduated in 99, born in 81. If that helps with age placement) were not “bubble wrap flag wavers”. They actually think that the world has gone into this anxiety craze. Every day you hear of the new food you cant eat cause its bad for you, how many more harnesses can one put on a child’s car seat, those ridiculous child leashes you see moronic parents using in public. If you can’t take the time to keep an eye on your child when your at the mall…or if your at an amusement park I heard strollers and little red wagons are really awesome. The bully bs has been taken way out of context. I am not opposed to all safety measures. I do feel seat belts are good, helmets for motorcycles and kids learning to ride their bike is good. There are more that I feel are wonderful but many are ridiculous. I swear the world was a much better place before the internet. Ill tell you why in another comment so I dont make this a book.

      • LadyNoleJM

        Hey Lindsey – perhaps before you call other parents moronic you should stop assuming you know everything about them and their children. Those “ridiculous” leashes you seem to have such a problem with can actually be a very useful thing to have, even when you are completely focus on your child and what they are doing. For example – when you are at a large international airport, traveling without your husband, but with a very active 4 year old boy, 3 carry on items, and you are pregnant. The 4 year old can run faster than you, so no matter how much “attention” you pay to him, if he decides he wants to take off and check out something more interesting than the ticket line…well, what’s your plan then? Or how about if you are walking through the city with your child, who has Autism, and she won’t ride in a stroller because she likes to walk, and she won’t hold your hand because it makes her hand itchy (which is a sensory processing issue). What should you do then? Never take your child out in public? Strap her into a stroller and cause her to get so upset she screams at the top of her lungs? (You would probably have an uninformed opinion about that too). I can tell that you never had the need to use a “leash” because you are the best parent ever and your child (if you even have one) is perfect because of your awesome skills as a mommy (if you missed the sarcasm, please re-read the sentence), but until you have an actual friend or family member that uses a “horrible device created to restrict the movement of a child” (aka – leash) for a legitimate reason – stop judging other people based on your ignorance.

        • Fergor

          Oh looky another ineffective parent who needs a leash LOL you should have adopted a dog.

          • LadyNoleJM

            Take your uneducated opinion and go troll someone else. I’m more effective than you will ever hope to be, because I can recognize that every child has individual needs. Now go have a good day damaging your own child with your small-minded beliefs.

          • Ben Gazi

            You really really need to get laid and soon. You are perhaps the most miserable c unt on this thread. I feel sorry for your kids. Stupid leftist slut. It makes my day to annoy people like you..

          • StepOne

            Please keep your child with Fauxtism at home. They do not belong in public if they can not behave.

          • sandie66

            Do you read what you even write? You are bitching how uneducated everyone ELSE is. You are CALLING them names for CALLING you names and at the same time, tell them how stupid they are and how smart you are. Honey, you aren’t the only one who went to college. And you can say it anyway you want, but YOU TOO are calling people names. So stop it.

          • Glenn Eric Johnson

            most people from college i have seen were people with a sense of entitlement, and they were complete dicks

        • StepOne

          If you need a leash to control your child, you have failed as a parent, but chances are you are one of those single mom white trash types who subjects your screaming “autistic” kid on all of us in public.

          • LadyNoleJM

            You are incorrect on all of your assumptions (1. In the examples above, I am the pregnant one with the 4 year old boy. 2. My husband and I have been together for almost 15 years, and 3. I am educated (with a MS degree), employed in a professional career.
            So, go ahead and try to make yourself feel better about your own life by spewing uninformed and useless insults on the internet. Hopefully your trolling hobby will fill the void in your obviously sad and lonely existence.
            BTW – re-read this reply in regards to the other comment you made to me, sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t care to take any more time fueling your need for attention.

        • donalda

          I completely agree about the child leashes. A toddler can dash away from you in the blink of an eye and be hit by a car. They make total sense.

        • Glenn Eric Johnson

          yeah, treat a child like that, see if he doesn’t grow up and slaughter everyone

      • Rachel

        I used to think that the leashes were dumb, but I kind of like them when I have three under three. I can’t push a double stroller with one hand, and I can’t push a triple stroller at all, so until I can trust the kid, I need to have that extra “hand” if I want to be able to leave the house. I have never used them more than a handful of times on any one child, but its nice to have that back-up because although I am NOT a safety freak (My one year old is forward facing in his carseat *gasp* and the kids never wear helmets – they are learning to ride in the grass) no one wants pancake kids.

      • sandie66

        The parents of the 60s and 70s? The article is about kids of the 60s and 70s. How does that make any sense???

    • Kimmie Smith

      Govt. and liberals are the ones who actually started coming up with all the different stupid rules and regulations for everyone to follow instead of leaving the freedom to choose how to live up to the individual. They insisted that THEY know what’s best for you and your kids. They come out with all these stupid “studies” from “experts” saying “Oh, this is bad for you, you can’t do it anymore” then turn around a year or two later and say “New “studies” show that that same thing we said was bad for you is NOW good for you”, and the masses all listen and buy into it believing that the govt. KNOWS ALL and knows what’s actually best for us and has our best interests at heart. Everyone just allows their thinking abilities to get more and more lax and depend on govt. to tell them what to do. And it’s gotten worse. It’s called the Dumbing Down of America. More prevalent today than EVER!

      • LadyNoleJM

        Blaming “Liberals” is ridiculous and small minded. The last time I checked, low income kids were still taking care of themselves for most of the time outside of school because their parents have to work for a living, and rich, white, republican parents are hovering over every aspect of their child’s life to make sure that “little Timmy is being treated the way he deserves to be treated” (i.e. – no way he can get a bad grade, lose a contest, get caught doing something wrong).

        • Fergor

          Its funny, Liberals are behind every single one of these things. Liberals started the smoking paranoia, seat belt laws, helmet laws you name it.

          • LadyNoleJM

            Go find the names of all these liberals that forced these ‘ridiculous’ rules on you… But before that, go smoke a pack of cigarettes (and make sure you keep smoking them…ignore any signs of a decline in health) and please don’t use a seat belt whenever you drive. Take these steps and you will make the world a better place.

          • Ben Gazi

            WOW are you paranoid. WOW.. you are nuts.

          • oldskoolcrank

            I had the shocking experience of going back to college with the everyone-gets-atrophy spawns of helicopter “momsters.” In creative writing classes when they had to write about something they experienced, they were hard pressed for anything adventurous,(no joke). Even weirder than that, was these kids, 18-23 had virtually no interest in sex, no PDA on the quad, nothing. They all sat in unison, interacting on Facebook instead of actual face-to-face. Freaky social stagnation and My God! so many so so many fat 20 yr old girls! Sack up–u mollycoddled brats!

        • Ben Gazi

          Wow, you are one miserable c unt aren’t you? Tide is changing and you leftists are on your way out. I raise my kids how I want, not how your sorry fat paranoid ass tells me to.

          • LadyNoleJM

            I’m not sure where you are getting your basis for me being miserable, fat, or paranoid, but if it makes you feel better about yourself then you just keep on with your trolling and name calling (it shows everyone what an intelligent and kind person you really are…good for you). You did get one part if it right though…I am sorry – sorry that there are children who have to be raised by brain dead (or brain washed) adults. Now run along and go to your militia meeting so you can
            1. Yelll about people wanting to steal your guns (honestly, I don’t want them and if your child shoots himself with it that’s just part of the 2nd ammendment)
            2. Quote meaningless ramblings of your idol rush (who would want to have an original idea or think for themselves when an addict as wise as rush is around)
            3. Complain how unions have made the workplace way too safe and force you to take a lunch break (and how we can’t have the great resource that exists in so many counties – ie. Child Labor!)
            4. Proclaim the greatness of big business (as you forget about the massive bailouts the banks and car companies needed because they swindled and stole from most Americans. ..woohoo – yeah greed !!)
            5. Thump your bible while you hate people that are different than you (I totally see how that gay couple getting married is going to have a negative impact on your marriage…I bet if they can legally get married the government will probably force you to get a divorce just to balance things out, right? …man – and that just reminds me of how many people they are going to have to kill with death panels because of all the people that now buy their own insurance)
            damn liberals. .. How dare they.

          • wrotenwasp

            Amen brother. The left will be buried in a concrete tomb with McGovern and sealed once and for all.

        • StepOne

          Do you have any idea how much you are hated in this country now? Liberals are detested in almost every social circle. My group of friends have surgically removed them from our list of friends because they are annoying and mostly fat complaining ugly c unts. Liberals have almost ruined this country.. but fear not.. the right is coming, and we are going to take our country back from you childish morons and your “safety” paranoia.

          • Christopher Mitchell

            actually, the right has peaked, like in the mid 90’s… i’m guessing you’re a white conservative, of the trickle-down, socially frigid kind… well, guess what? you’ll be a minority in my America by 2024 so good luck to you in your paranoid world.

          • Glenn Eric Johnson

            you mean by that time the us will be overrun by cowardly, pussy, scared little bitch progressive liberals? god i hope not, liberalism is what is WRONG with the united states

          • bingostar826

            clearly

          • Michael Wade

            The two party system is the Engine of social-economic Indifference and Intolerance. This divide and conquer strategy, Effectively used in the U.S. Is the control method of choice, Simply, For the many obvious reasons just read any blog, Any issues, Any location!! You get the point. In researching public opinion, Once in a great while they discover an issue that has a definitive 50% strongly For/Against The media and breakrooms across America go to work. The Goal, Tear down the very strengths Independence, Liberty And tolerance Of free Minded Multi virtuous Human Beings. Whilst distracting and detracting Their Global agendas and domestic high way robbery of the working middle class. Until the day I can read thru a blog like this one without any instance of Group perpetuating transmission of hatred. I will continue to fear the declaration of martial law and the emergence of a Fascist Police State to replace the Bill Of Rights and the U.S. as it was intended to be. That is all.

          • 10Swords

            Good. I never wanted to be on your friend list anyway. Most kids I know today are wonderful, thoughtful, and creative and a lot smarter than the majority of dimwits I went to school with in the 70s and 80s.

      • MOGUS226

        Re Kimmie~ the liability issue is a large part of the argument for the govt taking care of us. If we hurt ourselves it runs up the healthcare tab, eg.

    • sandie66

      No. It’s actually our children’s kids.

  • Brian Hunter

    I am so glad to have grown up in the 70s

    • androphiles

      I’m even more glad to have grown up in the 50’s.

  • Laura Anne Seabrook

    “Cars came with seat belts in the 1970s, but no one used them except maybe out of curiosity to see what it was like to wear one.”

    It was illegal NOT to wear them over here!

    • Carnwennan

      Where were you in the 1970s?

      • Laura Anne Seabrook

        I was and still am Australia.

        • Carnwennan

          Thank you for the reply. Your country was ahead of the US on that sort of legislation by at least a decade. Infant safety seats were not even mandatory in all states in the 1970’s; seatbelt requirements began rolling out in 1985.

    • Sophie

      You’re a ding dong, Laura Anne. If you would do the tiniest bit of googling before embarrassing yourself, you’d see that seat belt laws didn’t go into effect until the early 90s. Ding dong.

      • strega2012

        Maybe she’s not from the USA, Ding Dong.

      • Laura Anne Seabrook

        To quote Wikipedia

        In Australia,
        the use of seat belts by all vehicle passengers is compulsory. The
        states of Victoria and South Australia introduced a requirement for belt
        anchorages in 1964, although not for the belts themselves.[1]
        In 1970, the use of seat belts by vehicle occupants was made compulsory
        in the state of Victoria, followed by the rest of Australia and some
        other countries during the 1970s and 1980s. The subsequent dramatic
        decline in road deaths, equivalent to thousands of lives saved in
        Australia alone, is generally attributed to seat belt laws and
        subsequent road safety campaigns.[2][3][4]

        If you would do the tiniest bit of thought, you’d realise that I said “over here”.

        • timbo59

          @Sophie. A little cultural arrogance there in assuming that the poster was from the USA. You might care to do a little Googling yourself on the subject of other other English-speaking countries in the world. The internet does – shock horror – extend further than American shores. And as the lady stated quite clearly, she did say ‘over here’ which, while not explicitly stating exactly where she was referring to, should have made it abundantly clear that she was from a country outside of the USA.

        • tapu

          And how are we to know where “over here” was, in your original post? Over here in Jersey?

          • Laura Anne Seabrook

            You’re serious? You mean that wouldn’t be something that you’d ask about before assuming, like the other poster?

      • roseba

        Don’t call people ding-dongs. That is not a valid way to debate and it makes the world more uncivil.

        It went into effect much earlier than the 90’s where I’m from…. IN THE USA.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seat_belt_legislation_in_the_United_States

        • StepOne

          OMG Fakeipedia again.. more fake “facts” lol

  • RufusCain

    Wow! I wanna ride a giant turtle with a goat! The 70’s must’ve been great!

    • babs

      They were… I wouldn’t trade those days for anything today 🙂

  • Dennis Ray Wingo

    As a former latch key kid, I marvel at how structured the little twits lives are these days, and how pompous it makes them. They would have run home to mommy after half an hour with a bunch of 70’s kids.

    • benjitiger30

      I was a latchkey kid as well. Home right after school.. Couldn’t go out unless a parent/responsible adult was around..had to be inside inside before the street lights came on..spent summers playing hide n seek/baseball/swimming/you name it. Us children of the 70s/early 80s rocked!!

  • sparrowlord01

    Kids today have no idea what real fun is. And for the most part, parents have become way too overprotective…

  • Jeff Blanks

    No, kids in the ’70s were all WATCHING TV. OK, sometimes they were playing, but sometimes they play now, too. And no, adults weren’t *that* negligent. They might not have been “helicopter parents”, but it wasn’t a Darwinian struggle for survival out there, either.

    BTW, about half of these photos are from the ’50s or early ’60s. NEVER, EVER get the ’70s confused with those times. The thing is, of all these things only the Jarts are unique to the ’70s–everything else has roots much farther back than then.

  • Lady Warwick

    You’re speaking of the 70’s yet show a 1964/65 Beetle with other ’64/65 Beetles….i think …that picture is the 60’s.

    • Trooper Kitty

      People didnt drive 5+ year old cars? Fascinating….

      • Lady Warwick

        Wow you dont get it…im saying the photo isnt the 70’s….all those cars are 60’s era.

        • Trooper Kitty

          A majority of the car’s made in the 70’s probably couldnt fit into a camera’s view…. lol

  • JT

    Politically correct liberalism is lame…. return us to our liberties and freedoms chosen by WE THE PEOPLE…, not someone the government!

    • breed7

      Like the freedom to marry the person we love, the freedom for a woman to choose what she does with her own body, that sort of thing? Yeah, liberals are the ones who don’t believe in freedom…..

      • Fergor

        One man, One woman. Pass all the laws you want, we will still laugh at you and scoff at you and never hire you.

    • androphiles

      If you think the more restricted ways of raising kids came from “liberals” you just don’t know history or reality.

      • Fergor

        Every. Single. Paranoid safety law… was given to us by liberals. Its fact.

  • Just

    Omfg you people totally went all the way down the rabbit hole! Step away from the frelling ledge and enjoy the article and memories.

    • leelabelle

      u said frelling 😀

  • Super Amanda

    You picked the wrong ones. Many kids are dead from skin cancer.

    • GleeBunny

      I think more accurately is that the kids who baked in the sun in the 70s became the adults who developed melanoma in the 1990s-2010s. Skin cancer will hibernate for years and then suddenly pop up when you’re in your 30s and 40s. Some are dead now, others were lucky enough to just lose chunks of skin and become extra-vigilant about sunscreen/mole checks. And let’s not forget those sun worshippers that look 10-20 years older than they actually are thanks to wrinkles, sun spots and other skin damage!

  • Super Amanda

    Start/mid of the 70s was better. By the end there were too many molesters and freaks teaching in schools. The US just became too hedonistic.

  • Miranda Mattingly Grim

    I love it! I make sure to not get too absorbed with paranoia and give my kids a healthy mix of 1979 and 2014. I am proud to say that my 12 and 14 year old boys grew up going outside to play and ride bikes. I didn’t let them go alone until they were 7 or 8 (unheard of in the 70’s and 80’s) and then it wasn’t off the street or it was directly to a friend’s house stay around there for a while, and then a phone call before they added home. By the time they were 10 I let them go around the neighborhood. Everyone is fine and they are healthy, not overweight, and smart about bike safety and street safety. They love their computer me and PS3 time, but they still “go outside and play” every day. My daughter is 7 and I haven’t gotten brave enough to let her do the same. I do let her walk 2 houses down to the neighbors, but she stays there. The poor kids down the street the other way from us are 14 and 12 (girl and boy), and their Mom STILL only lets them ride their bikes when she walks with them. To me, that’s insane. The more you smother them, the harder they’re going to rebel when they finally do get a taste of freedom. I guess if my teenager had never been anywhere without me, I’d be nervous too. How are they going to know how to handle themselves until they do it?

    • Evgeny Shamo

      Exactly. Children NEED some alone time to learn about the world and themselves.

  • Mapster68

    Great list!! I remember the Jarts – good stuff. You can also add to the list “Allowed to Play with Guns Unsupervised.” My friends and I would spend hours cruising the local fields shooting up cans, bottles, and the occasional rabbit. And nobody gave a second thought to a bunch of Middle School kids walking around with 22s and shotguns slung over their shoulders – admittedly this was probably only true out in the country.

    • John Krawczyk

      BB gun battles! Those were fun,

  • Jennifer Dahlgren

    Loved growing up in the late 70’s and early 80’s!! I was a dirty little farm kid and spent all my time outside “blowing the stink off!” Sure, I did things that were dangerous, but thankfully, I made it through. I was driving a double-clutch tractor by the time I was three! I was a latch-key kid, watching my younger sister at the age of six. But, that’s the way we did it in the country I guess. Good times…

  • breed7

    I realize that younger people can’t believe this, but everything in the article is actually true. We never ever wore a seatbelt in the 1970s. Kids regularly broke bones on playgrounds. No one ever wore a helmet for any reason. Kids would go out unsupervised and play for hours in parks or swimming pools without an adult in sight.

    I’d add one to the list that might not have been universal, but for many of us living in a big city, there was a major theme park We had Astroworld in Houston, and when I was as young as 10, my mother or a friend’s mother would drop us off at Astroworld in the mornings and pick us up in the afternoons almost every day during the summer. It became known as Astroworld Day Camp — just abandoning your kids to the theme park for the day. In the days when a season pass cost $15, this was a great summer activity. Would parents ever drop kids off at a theme park unsupervised today?

  • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

    Okay,people -this was just to be for some fun reminiscing. We wouldn’t let our grandchildren do these things in today’s world. We’re just thinking about how life was different back then. Lighten up.

  • lisey

    There once was a time when surgeons used to operate without washing their hands first, and we once put depressed people in asylums. Hopefully, we learn from our mistakes, which is what all the “new rules” are about.

    • androphiles

      Wrong. As one who lived not only through the 70’s but through the 50’s, the “new rules” are the mistakes.

      • Lala

        I agree. The “new rules” are often overboard. The whole bullying issue is a great example of that. We need to go back to basics and teach REAL life lessons rather than enabling a generation of whiners and crybabys. You lost a baseball game. So what? Try harder next time. You misbehaved, great lets lay down the law in stronger ways than just saying “now Johnny, you know that isn’t the right thing to do. Don’t do it again” and then letting the kid off scott free. What lesson do they learn? Tough parenting. That’s what saved us all. Responsibility and teaching respect. If our teachers were mean to us it was OUR fault. Our parents didn’t get on the phone and call the school complaining. They laid into us even more at home! That’s why we could be safe to run around outside all day unsupervised. We were tough enough to handle any conflicts. We were wise enough to stay out of bad situations. We stuck together, safety in numbers. We lived in a world where people were held accountable not getting away with things because they hired the best lawyer (Liar). Yes…life was definitely much better back in the day.

    • Fergor

      We need to start putting more crazies in asylums instead of trying to mainstream them into MY society.

  • Claudia Ritter

    The truth of #6 is hitting me hard this summer, as I’m a single parent who will likely have the cops called on me if my kid is found outside playing on his own for more than 10 minutes.

  • SuzyQuzey

    I can relate to ALL of this! The only “seatbelt” was my mom’s outflung arm if she stopped short.

    • wendyhj

      I still do this although the seatbelt law went into effect before I was driving age. I think it becomes a reflex. It is weird.

      • William.Rockefeller.Jr

        God bless ROCKEFELLER. Don’t forget to give praise to the ‘Patriot Act’

        • Vanessa

          You’re kidding of course…

        • amyjaneconnie

          Miawm miawm

        • amyjaneconnie

          Put mr there.. do you want to be there. Dont answer.. because I see you dont.. but you have no choice or something.. well.. I cant keep beng.. with.. my family. Your the only one not my family..? Well I know you dont have to but why be so everyone cant see what im doing but me. Do not waste away with time.. I dont care. I will be here like this waiting in god.. flying. Or in room 6. Im not explaining anything else.. I dont hate obama.. but his mom. And you should be greatful someone has kept YOU around so long . I guess I dont know what youve been doing.. but im here so.. well I hope someone has something in this with me. About yourself.

          • VikkiB

            I’ll have what your on, dude!

          • JenR

            Was thinking the same, one has to be on the same thing to understand that post.

          • Mark_in_VA

            I guess some of us didn’t quite make it out of the 70s.

      • Richard Sophia

        My name is Richard Sophia, i think its a good thing to share this wonderful testimony because am so happy now, i have been married for four years, with two kids, and a lovely husband, i was having a sweet family, until when things started getting sour, my husband started coming home late at night, started ignoring my feelings and needs, i later found out that he was having an affair with with another woman, this was tearing my family apart as my children was been affected a lot, i didn’t know what to do, my heart was so saddened, until i came in contact with one Dr. OGBIDI, a spell caster, on a marriage website, i told him about my problems in my family, he told me he is going to fix my family and bring back my husband if only i could provide what will be needed, i did as he asked and he fixed my family for me and my husband broke up with the lady and came back home and asked for forgiveness, am so so happy today, i cant hide this but share the good news,
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      • Tucker Stacey

        My name is tucker stacey.This is a very joyful day of my life because of the help Dr.Trust has rendered to me by helping me get my ex husband back with his magic and love spell. i was married for 6 years and it was so terrible because my husband was really cheating on me and was seeking for a divorce but when i came across Dr.Trust email on the internet on how he help so many people to get thier ex back and help fixing relationship.and make people to be happy in their relationship. i explained my situation to him and then seek his help but to my greatest surprise he told me that he will help me with my case and here i am now celebrating because my Husband has change totally for good. He always want to be by me and can not do anything without my present. i am really enjoying my marriage, what a great celebration. i will keep on testifying on the internet because Dr.Trust is truly a real spell caster. DO YOU NEED HELP THEN CONTACT DOCTOR TRUST NOW VIA EMAIL: Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com or call +2348156885231 or ultimatespellcast@gmail.com. He is the only answer to your problem and make you feel happy in your relationship. his web site http://reuniteexback.webs.com

    • britney jc

      really did you do this

      • Richard Sophia

        My name is Richard Sophia, i think its a good thing to share this wonderful testimony because am so happy now, i have been married for four years, with two kids, and a lovely husband, i was having a sweet family, until when things started getting sour, my husband started coming home late at night, started ignoring my feelings and needs, i later found out that he was having an affair with with another woman, this was tearing my family apart as my children was been affected a lot, i didn’t know what to do, my heart was so saddened, until i came in contact with one Dr. OGBIDI, a spell caster, on a marriage website, i told him about my problems in my family, he told me he is going to fix my family and bring back my husband if only i could provide what will be needed, i did as he asked and he fixed my family for me and my husband broke up with the lady and came back home and asked for forgiveness, am so so happy today, i cant hide this but share the good news,
        YOU CAN CONTACT HIM TODAY THROUGH HIS EMAIL drogbidisolutionhome@gmail.com….OR… DROGBIDISOLUTIONHOME@YAHOO.CO.UK
        he can help you with the following……..1. Get YOUR boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife back..2. Heal all kinds of sickness.. 3.Fix barrenness……4. Wealth/Riches….5. Cancel a divorce order 6. Fix addition to drugs and many more…..contact him today: DROGBIDISOLUTIONHOME@GMAIL.COM OR… DROGBIDISOLUTIONHOME@YAHOO.CO.UK,,,…

    • Jessica Blair

      i remember that too aswell as falling off my bike with few worries.

    • Derek Natasha

      Hi, my name is Derek Natasha. I have been in great bondage for almost 2 years suffering in the hands of a cheating husband,we were happy and leaving well until he meant his old time girl friend and he started dating her outside our marriage before you knew he stoped caring and taking care of his own family it was to the extent that he was planning to get married to her and divorce me his own wife, i have cried and reported him to his family but he never listened to any one but to cut my story short i came in search for a real spell caster who could destroy their relationship and make him come back to me and our 2 kids on my search i saw people making testimony on how their marriage where restored by Dr.Trust i pick his email and i narrated my story to him and he agreed to help me and after performing a spell on the second day both had a quarrel and he beat his girlfriend up and he came home begging for i and my little kids to forgive him that his eyes are clear now that he will never do any thing that will hurt his family again and promise to be a caring father and never cheat again.I am so so happy that i did not loose him to the girl. all appreciation goes to Dr.Trust for you are a Great spell caster and to whom this may concern if you have a cheating husband or wife or you need your ex lover back again. you can as well email him on (Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com or ultimatespellcast@gmail.com) or you can call him +2348156885231. web site http://ultimatespellcast-net.webs.com ..

      • Christine Stevenson

        wtf?! am laughing so hard i am crying after reading this. this must be like the nigerian scam only with magic. i love the whole “he beat up his girlfriend” all because of some voodoo hoodoo. priceless!

        • Zach Zmuda

          HAHAHA we are all marked for death now… Want to go halfers on a western union payment to Dr Trust?

          • Christine Stevenson

            i wonder if we did make a payment, could we cast a spell on the doctor? maybe something that will stop him from casting spells. we could use his evil magic against him and take over his kingdom, minions and all!

        • Jessie Bender

          My name is Jessie Bender from USA My boyfriend and I were happy as far as I could tell and I never thought that we would break up. When his cousin died in a tragic car accident he went back to Philippine for a week to be with his family. I could not go because I was in the middle of entertaining out of town clients for work. He did not seem to be upset that I could not go so I let him be. The next thing that I know, he reconnected with an old friend from high school that he had a crush on years ago and they started to have an affair! I had no clue what was going on until a month after he came back from Philippine.He proceeded to see both her and I until I caught him testing her one night. I confronted him and he told me the truth about what happened. We broke up and went our separate ways. Neither of us fought for our relationship. I was angry and decided not to be upset about it and just keep it moving. Then after about a month of not speaking to him I became sad. I wanted him to tell me that he wanted to be with me and not her. I contacted Dr.ogala for a love spell and he totally helped me! he was able to get him to miss me to where he wanted to get back together again. He had a lot of regrets and felt bad for not fighting to keep me and for cheating in general. He values our relationship so much more now and we are together now! You can also get your lover back with the help of Dr.ogala contact him through his email:Holyspellcast@gmail.com.Or Holyspellcast@yahoo.com.his web site http://holyspellcast.webs.com and you can also call him +2348072371282 THANKS……….

          • Christine Stevenson

            you are an f-ing idiot. are you aware of that fact?

          • Scambuster

            Help…. ! They’re breeding..!

          • annonomis

            Its not their fault that their parents didn’t teach them the rules of SAFETY
            So don’t blame them for it when you weren’t around to actually see what happened back in the oldern days maybe your family member but how do you know that you it is true??????
            👎👎its the wrong thing to judge people

          • Somethingwicked

            Scambuster was referring to the “spellcasting” posts….

          • Anonymous

            You’ll all learn just how real magic is soon

          • Anonymous

            How did you magically steal my screen name ?

          • David Tillman

            OOGA BOOGA! Google Uncommon Sense Media to find out why it’s all a bunch of doo doo. http://usminc.org

          • Tara Richard

            No one could have ever made me believe that the letter I’m about to write would actually one day be written. I was the world’s biggest sceptic. I never believed in magic spells or anything like that, but I was told by a reliable source (a very close co-worker) that Dr Marvel is a very dedicated, gifted, and talented person, and after much “cajoling,” she (my co-worker) got me to visit this website http://extremespellhome.webs.com. It was one of the best things I have ever done. My love life was in shambles; I had been through two divorces and was on the brink of a third. I just couldn’t face another divorce, and I wanted to try harder to make our relationship work, but my husband didn’t seem to care. So, with nothing but my pride to lose, I checked it out. I was flabbergasted. Dr Marvel is for REAL. He did whatever magic he does, and lo and behold – no more than TWO DAYS later, I had my husband back! It was like a miracle! He suddenly wanted to go to marriage counselling, and we’re doing very, very well, on the road to recovery! Love and Many Blessings Back to You! Contact Dr Marvel through his website http://extremespellhome.webs.com or his email on extremespellhome@hotmail.com or extremespellhome@gmail.com..

          • Scambuster

            Doctor Trust, doctor Marvel… Wtf….?!!
            You morons… Go & scam gullible people in your own country…!

          • Kelly Miller

            Sounds like a comic book, Dr. Trust, Dr. Marvel, magic????

          • Carrie Borsellino Laxson

            Shut the fuck up, “Tara”!

          • amyjaneconnie

            Whoa tara move from my grandpa.. whos rod to you? I dont want to know.

          • Becky Ross

            My name is Becky Ross , I really want to testify to the good work of Dr. Ogala for what he has don for me . couple of years ago, my husband left home after we had little misunderstanding, he never returned, no phone calls, no letters, no emails and no sign of him anywhere.and at the same time My daughter got sick so ill, things were so tough for me. I had lost hope, 2 years ago, i met a psychic, he said he would help me, i give him a try but all to no nothing happened, i lost hope completely, my daughter’s situation got worse each day. Last month, i saw a posting concerning the good works of the Spiritual professional(Dr. Ogala), i told the great man my problem and he told me that there is nothing to be worry about for me contacting him all my problem is savol .. He asked me to provide the spiriual materials needed to cast the spells and of cost which i did (Bring Lover back, Healing spell and Career spells). In a matter of weeks, my husband called me and told me he was sorry and that he wants to come back to me and that he would explain everything when he comes back, three days later, i got a call from the new job i apple for with an Real Estate company, right now, my daughter’s is finally healed. I want to thanks DR. Ogala,for what he has don for me and my family. you can contact him via email: Holyspellcast@gmail.com or Holyspellcast@yahoo.com his web site http://holyspellcast.webs.com his the solution to all problem i no you are going to be the next to shera your testsimony to people you can call the great man on +2348039456308………

          • Melissa D

            Eat me Becky….. jus’ sayin….

          • Melissa D

            “sceptic” should tell you all you need to know …..

          • Dennis Teel

            can you magically persuade Obama to move to Syria?

          • ruthmcveigh

            Why not move to Canada — then you can ‘enjoy’ our PM instead. We’d happily trade.

          • Roger Dodger

            doubt that would even convince the rest of the wannabe Americans that he’s Muslime.

          • Somethingwicked

            Exactly what does this mean? “He proceeded to see both her and I until I caught him testing her one night.” Is “testing” a euphemism for “effing”? bwahahaha

          • jessi

            ya wanna fuck?

        • amyjaneconnie

          You guys need to calm down.. everyones already doing black magic on my funeral even.. is it you guS? Well maybe yoi two should gey together so the rest of us can stay halfway decent.

          • Christine Stevenson

            say whaaaaat?! you no make non sense, me not get. me send flowers to you funeral and make half way decent?

        • Rita Evelyn Yanez

          LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

        • JenR

          They’re on every discussion board! The Nigerian scam of social media? Send all ur $ forever & get a fake spell cast! How many fall for it is the scary part.

        • Roger Dodger

          Naw man! that’s REAL! Really! Except backwards LMAO

      • Morton LaBongo

        “to cut my story short”
        Then she goes on and on forever in a huge run-on sentence.

      • David Tillman

        LOL! No one believes you. Google Uncommon Sense Media to find out why it’s all a bunch of doo doo. http://usminc.org

      • Scambuster

        If you’re genuine you shouldn’t be allowed out on the street without your straightjacket… But in any case, people are not that gullible ! As english is obviously not your first language, I can only assume it’s a scam originating from a foreign country, which out of political correctness I’ll decline to mention. ” SPELL ” indeed… !

        • Kelly Miller

          hahahahaha

      • SweeteralsothanHuniii

        hahaha .
        why you post in a site that has absolutely positively NOTHING to do with your dr voodoo healing divorce little kids sfuffz..? Is it kinda like catholic purgatory or something? :0 ..just sayin lol

      • Clifford Mary

        My name is CLIFFORD MARY from USA .I am here to give testimony on how I got my husband back. My husband left me for no reason 3 years ago. He moved in with another woman, I felt like killing myself, my life became very bitter and sorrowful. Then 1 day, a friend of mine told me about a great spell caster that is very good and, he said he gave him some lucky numbers that he played in a lottery and he won. I didn’t believe it because I’ve worked with so many of them and it didn’t work. He begged me further so I decided to try this great spell caster called DR OZIL. I still didn’t believe. I used the spell he gave me and the next day I received a call from my darling husband Thomas last month. He apologized and came back to me. He even gave me 10,000USD as a means of compensating me. I’m very happy now. Thank you DR OZIL, You can reach him via email:(drozilsolutionhome@gmail.com or drozilsolutionhome@yahoo.com ) or through his website: http://drozilsolutionhome.webs.com/
        He can solve any problem like,
        (1) If you want your ex back.
        (2) you need a divorce in your relationship.
        (3) You want to be promoted in your office.
        (4) You want women & men to run after you.
        (5) If you want a child.
        (6) You want to be rich.
        (7) You want to tie your husband & wife to be yours forever.
        (8) If you need financial stance.
        (9) He can make you pregnancy.

        (10) He can cure you from any diseases.

        contact:drozilsolutionhome@gmail.com or drozilsolutionhome@yahoo.com ….

        • Dennis Teel

          dr.ozil?? isn’t his wife the great Sharon ozil..wait..that’s osbourne..my bad

        • Karen Glammeyer Medcoff

          he can make you pregnancy? what, he break in and rape you when you are asleep?
          then he can cure you of the aids he gave you? must be a miracle worker

        • JR

          Wow, drozilwhatever solutions really works!!!!

          I had a a life threatening disease ( cancer + brain tumour would you believe) last week and now I am cured in just a week after visiting this Dr Oozil.

          Not just that. While I was coming out of hospital there were about a thousand gorgeous girls in bikinis just waiting for me. They started running after me. I had a tough time taking down all their numbers.

          Even more amazing is that when I reached home from the hospital my wife was waiting to recieve me with the news that she was pregnant. We wanted a baby so long.

          We were hugging after her announcement when the phone rang. It was from a lawyer of a very distant old relative. He said she had died and had left me 30 billion dollars. I was astonished. All this from just one visit to Dr Ozool!!!

          Then a funny thing happened. My boss who hates me called up and said he had decided to promote me. Since I was rich now I told him to f**k off and that I quit.

          It was the happiest day of my life. Thank you Dr Oizil.

      • amyjaneconnie

        Spells have been done on me.. against me I know. But the only spells ive done were for a man with pne silver green eye and one green or brown. And fpr my brother to die so ill never have anything.

      • Dennis Teel

        maybe a nice cup of irish tea would help.

      • Top Cat

        You had me at “great bondage”…

      • Bill Gunn

        Instead of a witch doctor, you desperately need help from a psychiatrist! No body in their right mind would want to be back with a woman beater! I would say good riddance to bad rubbish!

      • Steve Bigler

        Derek has a husband?… Is this some gay hate or some really unfortunately named scammer?

      • Brent

        This is the result of hitting your head too many times back in the 70s

    • David Eric

      I am David Eric,I want to say thank to dr.trust for everything he did in my life. To everyone who doesn’t believe in spell, I was one like you at first. I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to do this since I’ve tried others so-called spells casters and they did not work and was a waste of my time and money. However, when I read so many testimonials of dr.tust how he help people to get back their ex lover. dr.tust answered all my questions and was very nice about everything, I decided to give it a try. I figured it would be my last try to get my ex girlfriend back. i email dr.trust and tell him everything.he let me know which spells would be most appropriate for me and I chose the one that was to get her back to me and stay with me and to marry me.As soon as he finish the spells, my girlfriend came back into my life! It was a miracle to me and I’m so thankful to him, that is why i am sharing this testimony to those who need his help. Things have been going well, and pretty much according to what dr.trust said would happen. I’m very happy for the love spell dr.trust have done for me, my ex girlfriend is now back to me and we are living so happy. if you asked me or my friends if I would have anticipated how things were right now…no one would believe it! contact is email address (ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com or ultimatespellcast@gmail.com tell +2348156885231) his website: http://ultimatespellcast-net.webs.com

      • David Tillman

        Go to Uncommon Sense Media to find out why it’s all a bunch of doo doo. http://usminc.org

    • eriannamoric

      My husband is back!!!

      I was crushed when my lover of three years left to be with another woman. I cried and sobbed every day, until it got so bad that I reached out to the Internet for help.And i saw a testimony of a spell caster who help a girl called caston and i said let me give it a try so i contact him for help and he cast a love spell for me which i use in getting my love back and now i am a happy woman.Foe what you have done for me,i will not stop to share your goodness to people out there for the good work you are doing.I hope God blesses you as much as you have help me to get my Love back,visit him on bestlovedoctor@yahoo.com ,he is the only answer to your problems bestlovedoctor@yahoo.com his mobile is +2348159645271

      • … okay then… just scrolling along…

      • David Tillman

        Google Uncommon Sense Media to find out why it’s all a bunch of doo doo. http://usminc.org

      • Becky Ross

        My name is Becky Ross , I really want to testify to the good work of Dr. Ogala for what he has don for me . couple of years ago, my husband left home after we had little misunderstanding, he never returned, no phone calls, no letters, no emails and no sign of him anywhere.and at the same time My daughter got sick so ill, things were so tough for me. I had lost hope, 2 years ago, i met a psychic, he said he would help me, i give him a try but all to no nothing happened, i lost hope completely, my daughter’s situation got worse each day. Last month, i saw a posting concerning the good works of the Spiritual professional(Dr. Ogala), i told the great man my problem and he told me that there is nothing to be worry about for me contacting him all my problem is savol .. He asked me to provide the spiriual materials needed to cast the spells and of cost which i did (Bring Lover back, Healing spell and Career spells). In a matter of weeks, my husband called me and told me he was sorry and that he wants to come back to me and that he would explain everything when he comes back, three days later, i got a call from the new job i apple for with an Real Estate company, right now, my daughter’s is finally healed. I want to thanks DR. Ogala,for what he has don for me and my family. you can contact him via email: Holyspellcast@gmail.com or Holyspellcast@yahoo.com his web site http://holyspellcast.webs.com his the solution to all problem i no you are going to be the next to shera your testsimony to people you can call the great man on +2348039456308..

    • Taylor Borg

      My name is Taylor Borg,All thanks goes to Dr.Trust for saving my marriage from toning apart.i feel so grateful and only have good words about a powerful spell caster named Dr.Trust who helped me bring back my wife. We had been apart for 4 months, at first I was thinking if I was doing the right thing by contacting a spell caster, but I so much love my wife and won’t give her up for anything in this world. I decided to contact Dr.Trust through his mail address I found on several testifiers messages online,and I told him about my situation, he laughed and told me my wife will be back to me in the next 48 hours. I felt it wasn’t going to happen at first until my wife called me and was so eager to have me back more than anything on earth.. Now we are together and she cant do without me,and both of us are happy. I feel so happy sharing this testimony because there was no negative act attached to his work. His work was smooth and fast. Thanks to Dr.Trust for bringing back happiness to my life. I swear with my life that Dr.Trust is a man to trust and take your problems to. You can contact him on his e-mail if you really truly want your love back. dr.(ULTIMATESPELLCAST@GMAIL.COM OR ULTIMATESPELLCAST@YAHOO.COM TEL: +2348156885231) …..

    • Morgan Keri

      My name is morgan keri.i want to give thanks to dr.trust for bringing back my ex husband.No one could have ever made me believe that the letter I’m about to write would actually one day be written. I was the world’s biggest skeptic. I never believed in magic spells or anything like this, but I was told by a reliable source (a very close co-worker) that Trust is a very dedicated, gifted, and talented person,It was one of the best things I have ever done. My love life was in shambles; I had been through two divorces and was on the brink of a third. I just couldn’t face another divorce, and I wanted to try harder to make our relationship work, but my husband didn’t seem to care. and he brake up with me again.I was confuse and do not no what to do again,rather them to get in contact with dr.trust. He did a love spell that make my husband come back to me. we are now very much happy with our self. dr.trust make him to realize how much we love and need each other.This man is for REAL and for good.he can also help you to fix your broken relationship. I had my husband back! It was like a miracle! He suddenly wanted to go to marriage counseling, and we’re doing very, very well,in our love life.contact email(ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com tel:+234186885231)

      • Erin Cody

        It’s unbelievable how fortunate I feel after finding your website. For the past 6 months, I have been so depressed after losing my husband to another woman. My money situation worsened so much that I thought I’d have to file for bankruptcy. I had a huge amount of debt and I didn’t know what to do. Out of complete and total desperation, I contacted many of those so-called individuals who promised powerful magic, witchcraft or black magic. None of them worked and none were as wonderful, affectionate and warm as Dr Marvel has been. He is definitely different from the others and I felt immediate hope and strength from hearing about the promises he had to offer. He carries an air of purity and divine strength that is as pure as fresh snow on the ground. I requested Kofi’s most powerful spells and I was relieved right away that I had someone to solve my problems for me. His spells worked wonders and I am now back with my husband and my money troubles resolved itself after winning the lottery. Dr Marvel, I have no idea what I would have done without you being there to help me out. Here is his website http://extremespellhome.webs.com.you can also reach him via email extremespellhome@hotmail.com.or extremespellhome@gmail.com call +2348106985072.
        With best regards, Erin Cody.,

    • Julie Mattie

      my name is JULIE MATTIE. When i read a testimony online on how dr.drust the great and most powerful spell caster online of great ultimate temple, i was wondering how can this be true, Because many has failed me in the past without any result from them. I just let the post pass by and move on the forum. To my notice under again, Some person posted and said tested and trusted spell caster. After reading through the mail it was this same dr.trust she was talking about. So i have no other option than to really check up how he works.I was totally devastated when my beloved lover left me. It was like my entire world vanishing into sorrow and pain. I know it sounds weird but out of all the spell casters I contacted, he was the only one to give me that impression of being so true and trustful. More than his words,He brought my lover back and he made all my wishes come true. He is now loyal, pays attention to me, he offers me flowers every Sunday, and we often go out at the cinema and the restaurant. I will be forever thankful for turning my life from hell to heaven! i believe who need help should get to him for help. May God continue to use you to save broken relationship. (ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com tel:+2348156885231) to get the problem solve, Because there is no spell caster online like him.

    • Tucker Stacey

      My name is tucker stacey.This is a very joyful day of my life because of the help Dr.Trust has rendered to me by helping me get my ex husband back with his magic and love spell. i was married for 6 years and it was so terrible because my husband was really cheating on me and was seeking for a divorce but when i came across Dr.Trust email on the internet on how he help so many people to get thier ex back and help fixing relationship.and make people to be happy in their relationship. i explained my situation to him and then seek his help but to my greatest surprise he told me that he will help me with my case and here i am now celebrating because my Husband has change totally for good. He always want to be by me and can not do anything without my present. i am really enjoying my marriage, what a great celebration. i will keep on testifying on the internet because Dr.Trust is truly a real spell caster. DO YOU NEED HELP THEN CONTACT DOCTOR TRUST NOW VIA EMAIL: Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com or call +2348156885231 or ultimatespellcast@gmail.com. He is the only answer to your problem and make you feel happy in your relationship.

    • Adams Bella

      My name is Adams Bella, i live and work in Oxfordshire, UK. My life is back!!! After 2 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids, I felt like ending it all, i almost committed suicide because he left us with nothing, i was emotionally down all this while. Thanks to a spell caster called Dr.Trust of Ultimate spell cast which i met online. On one faithful day, as I was browsing through the internet, I came across several of testimonies about this particular spell caster. Some people testified that he brought their Ex lover back, some testified that he restores womb,cure cancer,and other sickness, some testified that he can cast a spell to stop divorce and also spell to get a good paid job so on. He is amazing, i also come across one particular testimony, it was about a woman called Vera, she testified about how he brought back her Ex lover in less than 2 days, and at the end of her testimony she dropped his email.After reading all these, I decided to give it a try. I contacted him via email and explained my problem to him. In just 48hours, my husband came back to me. We resolved our issues, and we are even happier than ever.Dr.Trust you are a gifted man and i will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man. If you have a problem and you are looking for a real and genuine spell caster, Try him anytime, he is the answer to your problems. you can contact him on (Ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com) or call him +2348156885231. he is the best caster that can help you with your problems.

    • Mullar Sharron

      Hi everyone act there.. my name is MULLAR SHARRON i am from germany. i will never forget the help DR.TRUST render to me in my marital life. i have been married for 5 years now and my husband and i love each other very dearly and deeply. after 3 years of our marriage my husband suddenly change he was having an affair with a lady outside,i praying for divine intervention the thing became more serious.my husband just came home one day he pick up his things and left me and the kids to his mistress outside. i was confuse and i did not no what to do at first. i was searching for help in the internet, i saw so many people sharing testimony on how dr.trust help them with their relationship problem. i email him and tell him how my husband left me. And he assure me that my husband will be back home within the next 48 hours .To my greatest surprise my husband came home on his knees that i should find a place in my heart to forgive him,i was truly astonished and shocked when my husband knelt down begging for forgiveness and for me to accept him back.. I am really short of expressions, and i don’t know how much to convey my appreciation to you dr. trust you are a God sent to restore broken relationship. And now i am a joyful woman.Email: (ULTIMATESPELLCAST@GMAIL.COM OR ULTIMATESPELLCAST@YAHOO.COM) tel +2348156885231

    • Andrew Lisa

      I am mrs Andrew Lisa from USA, i want to share a testimony of my life to every one. i was married to my husband george vega, i love him so much we have been married for 5 years now with two kids. when he went for a vacation to france he meant a lady called Maryś, he told me that he is no longer interested in the marriage any more. i was so confuse and seeking for help, i don’t know what to do until I met my friend miss kasha and told her about my problem. she told me not to worry about it that she had a similar problem before and introduce me to a man called Dr Ogala love spell who cast a spell on his ex and bring him back to her after 2days. Miss kasha ask me to contact Dr ogala love spell for help. I contacted him to help me bring back my husband and he ask me not to worry about it that the gods of his fore-fathers will fight for me. He told me by two days he will re-unite me and my husband together. After two day my husband called and told me he is coming back to sought out things with me, I was surprise when I saw him and he started crying for forgiveness. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth for what this great spell caster did for me and my husband, you can contact Dr ogala email Ogalalovespell@yahoo.com.He is the best spell caster who is very capable to help you. tel.+2348163395533 website http://ogalalovespell.webs.com…..

    • Sandra Ruths

      I never knew people still have powers and make things happened this way. My name is Sandra Ruths am from American. my boyfriend Slay Scot left me for another girl for three months’ ever since then my life have been filled with pains sorrow and heart break because he was my first love who dis virgin me when i was 21 years old. about two years ago, A friend of mine kido matthew told me he saw some testimonies of this great Dr osauyi that he can bring back lover within some few days, i laugh it out and said i am not interested but because of the love my friend had for me, she consulted the great priest on my behalf and to my greatest surprise after three days my boyfriend is going to call me for the very first time after three months that he is missing me and that he is so sorry for every thing he made me went through. i still can’t believe it, because it highly unbelievable it just too real to be real. Thank you Dr osauyi for bringing back my lover and also to my lovely friend who interceded on my behalf, for any one who might need the help of this great priest here is the email address OSAUYILOVESPELL@YAHOO.COM.com or you can call the great man on +2347064294395

    • Richard Sophia

      My name is Richard Sophia, i think its a good thing to share this wonderful testimony because am so happy now, i have been married for four years, with two kids, and a lovely husband, i was having a sweet family, until when things started getting sour, my husband started coming home late at night, started ignoring my feelings and needs, i later found out that he was having an affair with with another woman, this was tearing my family apart as my children was been affected a lot, i didn’t know what to do, my heart was so saddened, until i came in contact with one Dr. OGBIDI, a spell caster, on a marriage website, i told him about my problems in my family, he told me he is going to fix my family and bring back my husband if only i could provide what will be needed, i did as he asked and he fixed my family for me and my husband broke up with the lady and came back home and asked for forgiveness, am so so happy today, i cant hide this but share the good news,
      YOU CAN CONTACT HIM TODAY THROUGH HIS EMAIL drogbidisolutionhome@gmail.com….OR… DROGBIDISOLUTIONHOME@YAHOO.CO.UK
      he can help you with the following……..1. Get YOUR boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife back..2. Heal all kinds of sickness.. 3.Fix barrenness……4. Wealth/Riches….5. Cancel a divorce order 6. Fix addition to drugs and many more…..contact him today: DROGBIDISOLUTIONHOME@GMAIL.COM OR… DROGBIDISOLUTIONHOME@YAHOO.CO.UK

    • Adams Helen

      My name is Adams Helen from United States, I want to quickly tell the world that there is a real on line spell caster that is powerful and genuine, His name is DR TRUST, He helped me recently to reunite my relationship wih my husband who left me, When i contacted DR TRUST he cast a love spell for me and my husband who said he doesn’t have anything to do with me again called me and started begging me. he is back now with so much love and careing. today i am glad to let you all know that this spell caster have the powers to bring lovers back. because i am now happy with my husband. To anyone who is reading this article and needs any help, DR. TRUST can also offer any types of help like Reuniting of marriage and relationship, Curing of all types of Diseases, Court Cases, Pregnancy Spell, Spiritual protection and lot’s more. You can contact him Via this email Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com or ultimatespellcast@gmail.com call him +2348156885231.

    • Maris Jos

      I am MARIS JOS from USA,i hear how people are talking about The powerful spell caster called DR TRUST in regard of how he bring back ex lover,winning lottery,getting pregnant and getting married to their dream true lover and i also contact him to help me cast a spell in regard of my ex lover whom i love so much that left me 2yrs ago,but today my ex is back to me and we are happily married with 3kids and i am so much happy for the help i found in you DR TRUST. I and my family are very much happy and we are living large now,i am grateful and appreciate your good work of spell casting,thank you and may you leave long to help people in problems His email is Ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com call +2348156885231……

    • Maris Jos

      I am MARIS JOS from USA,i hear how people are talking about The powerful spell caster called DR TRUST in regard of how he bring back ex lover,winning lottery,getting pregnant and getting married to their dream true lover and i also contact him to help me cast a spell in regard of my ex lover whom i love so much that left me 2yrs ago,but today my ex is back to me and we are happily married with 3kids and i am so much happy for the help i found in you DR TRUST. I and my family are very much happy and we are living large now,i am grateful and appreciate your good work of spell casting,thank you and may you leave long to help people in problems His email is Ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com call +2348156885231.,…..

    • Morgan Keri

      My name is morgan keri.i want to give thanks to dr.trust for bringing back my ex husband.No one could have ever made me believe that the letter I’m about to write would actually one day be written. I was the world’s biggest skeptic. I never believed in magic spells or anything like this, but I was told by a reliable source (a very close co-worker) that Trust is a very dedicated, gifted, and talented person,It was one of the best things I have ever done. My love life was in shambles; I had been through two divorces and was on the brink of a third. I just couldn’t face another divorce, and I wanted to try harder to make our relationship work, but my husband didn’t seem to care. and he brake up with me again.I was confuse and do not no what to do again,rather them to get in contact with dr.trust. He did a love spell that make my husband come back to me. we are now very much happy with our self. dr.trust make him to realize how much we love and need each other.This man is for REAL and for good.he can also help you to fix your broken relationship. I had my husband back! It was like a miracle! He suddenly wanted to go to marriage counseling, and we’re doing very, very well,in our love life.contact email(ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com tel:+234186885231)…

    • Tucker Stacey

      My name is tucker stacey.This is a very joyful day of my life because of the help Dr.Trust has rendered to me by helping me get my ex husband back with his magic and love spell. i was married for 6 years and it was so terrible because my husband was really cheating on me and was seeking for a divorce but when i came across Dr.Trust email on the internet on how he help so many people to get thier ex back and help fixing relationship.and make people to be happy in their relationship. i explained my situation to him and then seek his help but to my greatest surprise he told me that he will help me with my case and here i am now celebrating because my Husband has change totally for good. He always want to be by me and can not do anything without my present. i am really enjoying my marriage, what a great celebration. i will keep on testifying on the internet because Dr.Trust is truly a real spell caster. DO YOU NEED HELP THEN CONTACT DOCTOR TRUST NOW VIA EMAIL: Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com or call +2348156885231 or ultimatespellcast@gmail.com. He is the only answer to your problem and make you feel happy in your relationship. his web site http://reuniteexback.webs.com,.

    • Tucker Stacey

      My name is tucker stacey.This is a very joyful day of my life because of the help Dr.Trust has rendered to me by helping me get my ex husband back with his magic and love spell. i was married for 6 years and it was so terrible because my husband was really cheating on me and was seeking for a divorce but when i came across Dr.Trust email on the internet on how he help so many people to get thier ex back and help fixing relationship.and make people to be happy in their relationship. i explained my situation to him and then seek his help but to my greatest surprise he told me that he will help me with my case and here i am now celebrating because my Husband has change totally for good. He always want to be by me and can not do anything without my present. i am really enjoying my marriage, what a great celebration. i will keep on testifying on the internet because Dr.Trust is truly a real spell caster. DO YOU NEED HELP THEN CONTACT DOCTOR TRUST NOW VIA EMAIL: Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com or call +2348156885231 or ultimatespellcast@gmail.com. He is the only answer to your problem and make you feel happy in your relationship. his web site http://reuniteexback.webs.com ,..

    • Bekar Joe

      Hi My name is “BEKAR JOE” I was married for 15years with lilian my wife and 2kids and we lived happily until things started getting ugly and we had fights and arguments almost every time… it got worse at a point that she filed for divorce… I tried my best to make her change her mind & stay with me.she moved out of the house and still went ahead to file for divorce… I pleaded and tried everything but still nothing worked. The breakthrough came when someone introduced me to this wonderful, great spell caster who eventually helped me out… I have never been a fan of things like this but just decided to try reluctantly cause I was desperate and left with no choice… He did special prayers and used roots and herbs… Within 7 days she called me and was sorry for all the emotional trauma she had cost me, she moved back to the house and we continue to live happily. what a wonderful miracle dr. trust did for me and my family. I have introduced him to a lot of couples with problems across the world and they have had good news… I strongly believe someone out there need’s his help… via (Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com or ultimatespellcast@gmail.com) Don’t give up just yet, the different between “Ordinary” & “Extra-Ordinary” is the “Extra” so make extra effort to save your marriage/relationship if it’s truly worth it.call him +2348156885231 his website http://reuniteexback.webs.com

    • Angela Sherman

      I can’t even tell you how many times my mom accidentally back handed me lol. We were never in an accident but somehow I was always injured. As I got older I joked with her that her “reflex” was just a cover for her whopping me upside the head. 🙂

      • Freyja Kolding

        Lol and to that, I remember once my mom was on the phone, and I had a tooth about to fall out, I kept pestering her to look! Look! Look how lose it is! WHILE she was on the phone.. She didnt look at me, just reached out for me, and smack, back handed me right in the face, tooth felt out. Tears and blood dripping on my shirt, but I was happy in my sadness, cause I knew I had crossed the line, but the tooth came out. I wasn’t punished for having been an absolut pain in the butt. Normally I would have been grounded. Though not this time 🙂

    • Mullar Sharron

      Hi everyone act there.. my name is MULLAR SHARRON i am from germany. i will never forget the help DR.TRUST render to me in my marital life. i have been married for 5 years now and my husband and i love each other very dearly and deeply. after 3 years of our marriage my husband suddenly change he was having an affair with a lady outside,i praying for divine intervention the thing became more serious.my husband just came home one day he pick up his things and left me and the kids to his mistress outside. i was confuse and i did not no what to do at first. i was searching for help in the internet, i saw so many people sharing testimony on how dr.trust help them with their relationship problem. i email him and tell him how my husband left me. And he assure me that my husband will be back home within the next 48 hours .To my greatest surprise my husband came home on his knees that i should find a place in my heart to forgive him,i was truly astonished and shocked when my husband knelt down begging for forgiveness and for me to accept him back.. I am really short of expressions, and i don’t know how much to convey my appreciation to you dr. trust you are a God sent to restore broken relationship. And now i am a joyful woman.Email: (ULTIMATESPELLCAST@GMAIL.COM OR ULTIMATESPELLCAST@YAHOO.COM) tel +2348156885231

    • Sue Preedy

      Hi I am SUE PREEDY from London I got a love spell done on my fiance actually he left me after one year of engagement I was shocked when he told me he does not love me any more he is going to marry with another girl it was very difficult to believe because we were in love from last 5 years he was the guy who never thought to live without me for a second he used to give thousands of phone calls in a day and he was saying to me he does not love me any more, it was a worse news for my family because I gave a very good treat to my friends and raletive on my engagement and we put engagement ring to each other in front of hundreds of people now if he didn’t marry me so it was shame for me in my society so I decided that I will get him back any how, than I found Dr.Trust on Internet I told him my problem he told me not to worry I will fetch him back to you he said that he will come himself and will beg me.he gave me 48 hours time and of course it happened before 48 hours he come back to me and said he is sorry for what he did to me,that he is ready to marry me. we get married and we are happy now as husband and wife. really Dr.Trust is a Miracle Man. contact him for your own help ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com call me +2348156885231,..

      • Dennis Teel

        but he;s still seeing my exwife every night ..dimbutt!!

        • katrina

          Am peter william by name,All thanks goes to highpriest tokubo for saving my marriage from toning apart.i feel so grateful and only have good words about a powerful spell caster named high priest tokubo who helped me bring back my wife. We had been apart for 4 months, at first I was thinking if I was doing the right thing by contacting a spell caster, but I so much love my wife and won’t give her up for anything in this world. I decided to contact highpriest tokubo through his mail address I found on several testifiers messages online,and I told him about my situation, he laughed and told me my wife will be back to me in the next 48 hours. I felt it wasn’t going to happen at first until my wife called me and was so eager to have me back more than anything on earth.. Now we are together and she cant do without me,and both of us are happy. I feel so happy sharing this testimony because there was no negative act attached to his work. His work was smooth and fast. Thanks to highpriest tokubo for bringing back happiness to my life. I swear with my life that high priest tokubo is a man to trust and take your problems to. You can contact him on his e-mail if you really truly want your love back:highpriesttokubo@gmail.com

    • amyjaneconnie

      My mom too. Even after ahe couldnt srop pretending I was fragile and kept flinging out her arm every red light.speeder.

    • Karen Lola

      Am Karen Lola from Scotland. I was having serious relationship problems with my boyfriend and it had resulted in him moving out to his friend’s apartment. Everything got worse because he started going to bars and strip clubs frequently with his friend, getting drunk and passing out. He always threatens me on phone whenever I call him because of all the bad advises that his friend has given him. I really love him and we had been dating for 8 years which gave us a beautiful daughter. I had also lost a lot of money on therapists until I was introduced to Dr. Trust by a friend whom he helped to marry her childhood boyfriend; this gave me total confidence and strength to get him back. I did all he asked and after 48 hours my boyfriend called me and rushed back home, things just changed between us emotionally. He has a job and stopped drinking and keeping irrelevant friends. It’s a miracle I never believed was possible because I had lost all hope until I found Dr.Trust. So that’s why I promised to share my testimony all over the universe. All thanks goes to Dr.Trust for the excessive work that he has done for me. Below is the email address in situation you are undergoing a heart break, and I assure you that as he has done mine for me, he will definitely help you too. Ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com call him +2348156885231 ..

    • Judit

      Suzy, and now I do that to my elderly mom when I drive her around even though she’s strapped in haaaa ha ha ha!! lovely stuff. Why did these very dangerous pictures suddenly make me so very happy. We lived in a fisherman’s village where the waves were like small tsunamis and my parents NEVER said be careful when we went to the beach with a bikini rolled up in a towel. And sometimes we almost DID drown. sigh…. I was so small and yet now I remember only an ecstatically happy childhood and we got spanked – really, we did get spanked and not for nothing. But we lived under running laughter – well most of us. I heard the other day that we were quite poor. Didn’t know that…

      • katrina

        Am katrina william by name,All thanks goes to highpriest tokubo for saving my marriage from toning apart.i feel so grateful and only have good words about a powerful spell caster named high priest tokubo who helped me bring back my wife. We had been apart for 4 months, at first I was thinking if I was doing the right thing by contacting a spell caster, but I so much love my wife and won’t give her up for anything in this world. I decided to contact highpriest tokubo through his mail address I found on several testifiers messages online,and I told him about my situation, he laughed and told me my wife will be back to me in the next 48 hours. I felt it wasn’t going to happen at first until my wife called me and was so eager to have me back more than anything on earth.. Now we are together and she cant do without me,and both of us are happy. I feel so happy sharing this testimony because there was no negative act attached to his work. His work was smooth and fast. Thanks to highpriest tokubo for bringing back happiness to my life. I swear with my life that high priest tokubo is a man to trust and take your problems to. You can contact him on his e-mail if you really truly want your love back:highpriesttokubo@gmail.com

    • just some guy

      I think I still have a bruised sternum, and im 50 years old

    • JenR

      I still don’t /wont wear one & am 63, know I can pull it over & click it on if ever pulled over(haven’t ever had to do this ). My arm goes out instinctively to keep crap from flying onto the floor, never had kids.

    • Jesse Stella

      i want to thank Dr Trust for bringing back my ex husband, we broke up for more than 4 month and he told me that he never want to see me in his life again. i love him so much to the extend that i could not do any thing again, i was confused and depress due to the love i had for him.i did everything i could do to have him come back to me but all went in vain. so i decided to contact a spell caster, i did not believe in spell casting i just want to try it may be it would work out for me. i contacted Dr Trust for help, he told me that he have to cast a love spell on him, i told him to start it. after 3 days my husband called me and started to apologize for leaving me and also he told me that he still love me. i was very happy and i thank Dr Trust for helping me get back my ex husband back to my hands. his spell is the the greatest all over the world, it was the love spell he cast on my ex that make him come back to me. all you ladies who want back your ex husband back i want you to contact DR TRUST at the following email address and get all your problem solve..No problem is too big for him to solve..Contact him direct at (Marriagespellhelp@gmail.com) OR (Marriagespellhelp@yahoo.com) and get your problems solve or you can call his cell phone on +2348056391583

    • Kevin Ulm

      Don’t forget most cars had Metal Dashboards.

  • Jeffrey S King

    no mention of “Klackers”? Those things were lethal.

    • t jackson

      Klackers!!!!OMG I had a couple sets of those and ended up breaking 2 fingers but it was because I was doing it wrong! I perfected the way to use them while wearing a nice ”plaster’ ‘cast! In my opinion, it was brutal to wear, but saved me from anymore broken fingers and at the end of the day I was the ‘cool one’ so I taught many from my street how to use them hahahaha

    • scubadiver1

      I only had the real ones for about a week before my dad took them away once they started shattering and word got out,

    • Cheryl St Germaine Ofthefairyd

      I thought of clackers, those chemistry sets, monster makers with those hot burning metal baking trays too ha ha…loved that stuff

  • LaMonica Williams
  • Estelle

    Yep. a kid at my primary school died after falling off the monkey bars, and I can remember quite a few injuries that required stitches, plaster casts and a fortune spent on cosmetic dentistry. Happy days. Tree-climbing was much safer. As was the Jarts equivalent, a game called Split the Kipper which involved (1) taking a knife to school and (2) throwing it into the ground near our playmates’ feet. Occasionally into our playmates’ feet. The school did eventually ban the game, ostensibly because parents had complained we were damaging our shoes.

    • timbo59

      We simply called it ‘splits’ in Australia, if you’re referring to the game of trying to make the other person spread their legs out further and further depending on where you could successfully impale the knife into the ground.

      • Estelle

        Yes, that’s the one. It was all the rage at my Cheshire primary school in about 1968. I even got a new knife for my birthday that year.

  • Derrick

    How in the hell did this comment section turn into a political soapbox for the ignorant???

    • Tommy Maq

      Because you were allowed on?

      • Derrick

        Ahh, one brain dead illiterate chimes in. Thanks retard.

        • Tommy Maq

          So….yes?

          Also, nice sig!

  • Dave Hawkins

    Playground picture is OBVIOUSLY too new. 12′ high slides monkey bars and that spinning thing (carousel?) ALL on BLACKTOP parking lots, not grass or wood chips…. 🙂

  • peter_wexler

    God, things were better, then.

  • BookGoddess

    I would say we survived but when we know better, we should do better. Of course those that are not “fine” are not here to talk about it!

  • Rebecca Simon

    Loved the mom helping the kids ride bikes in the short shorts and heals. SO practical and, I’m sure, realistic!

    • racknstack

      70s MILF

      • Tommy Maq

        Who are you kidding? She’d be a milf in any decade.

        • Tim Mueller

          Right, but this picture is from the 70’s.

  • crateish

    The damage of these kids’ systems from secondhand smoke is done, and will affect them for the rest of their lives. Secondhand smoke these days to children should be classified as child abuse.

    • Cathy Royer

      Oh please..Blah Blah Blah I guess all the crap in the food we feed them is ok though. Think before you speak!

  • CherryhB

    You must blame your own generation for the coddling of today’s kids… who do you think their parents are??? YOU! LOL

  • Paramarine

    A nice lighthearted post nearly ruined by the comments of people who take things (and themselves) way too seriously.

    • Tommy Maq

      No, I think your post was an example of someone who takes things (like comments sections of websites) way too seriously, not lighthearted at all.

  • racknstack

    Action Park in New Jersey was the pinnacle of danger.

  • TC

    I don’t miss the second hand smoke at all.

  • D S Dunlap

    The Tantastic ad: “Tanfastic lets the sunshine in. It’s not loaded up with sunburn
    protection like old folks and kids want. Tanfastic’s for you 15-to-25
    year olds who can take the sun. Especially if you want to get
    superdark. Superfast.”

    Getting superdark was NEVER an issue for me…

  • Patricia Hayden

    I fell out of the apple tree, it had recently been trimmed, a trimmed branch gouged the inner thigh of my right leg on my way down, that hurt worse and caused more damage than the fall and landing, also fell out of the hay loft. Now when I fall it usually results in torn tendons

  • Terry

    Yup we all survived, except the kids that died for not wearing bike helmets (in my family this happened) and not wearing seat belts. Oh and all that skin cancer, no big deal right?

    Sure, lots of people over do the helicopter parenting and the playground thing is funny but many of these are pretty serious improvements in life. I do miss lawn darts though!

    • Tommy Maq

      “Jarts”

    • Lala

      The problem is, kids still die even while WEARING bike helmets and seat belts. Skin cancer STILL happens even with sunscreen. The lack of ozone and pollutants in our atmosphere is causing the need for sunscreen. It wasn’t so easy to get burned back then. We could run around all summer with no protection and never burn. Nowdays, you go out for an hour and your a lobster.

      • Peaches

        If you look at the statistics, while yes, people do die even doing things safely, helmets and seat belts are preventing deaths. To pretend otherwise is idiocy!

    • Fergor

      Paranoia may destroy ya.

  • Sarah M. Wood

    One of funnest things to do was to swing as high as we possibly could (we’d get what we called the “bumps”) and then jump off – sometimes we were badly hurt but that didn’t stop us from trying to fly – at least, not when we were young!

    • Laurie Jeanne Jackson

      YES! And by seventh grade we’d get the swings up as high as possible and let go and do a “penny drop” back flip. If you landed on your feet you win, on your butt or face–not so much. Good times.

    • The Cranky Saint

      At one school I attended, half the playground was gravel and the other half asphalt. Three days after getting my braces, I tried to fly off the swing. The good news is I got really good height. The bad news is I landed on my face. The braces had to be cut out of my lip.

  • GM52246

    This is a strange article, because the fact that 2,4,5,7,8 don’t exist anymore are all *good things.* No second-hand smoke, more seatbelt use and helmet use.

    3 and 6 *should* still be happeneing; it’s bad that they don’t, as is parents’ generalized anxiety. Of course kids should be given more freedom to roam. But it’s very weird to mix in things changing for the worse with things changing for the better. It’s ideologically confused, makes no sense, and strongly suggests the writer is trying to have it both ways while generating nothing more than clickbait. Unless, of course, people think kids should have more second-hand smoke, brain damage, and violent vehicular deaths.

    • StepOne

      Actually all those things and safety have made this country worse and weaker.

  • fmorgan09mm

    Metal dash boards

  • WishyWashy

    I’ve often thought when I read these, ‘toughen up kids of today’ articles. We children of the 70’s and 80’s who are reading this did survive. But the ones who didn’t, aren’t really here to defend the alternate position.

    • Peaches

      Voice of reason. My best friends brother died at 8, from an accident that he would have survived with a helmet (according to the doctors). Sometimes, I think things are going too far, but other times, we are headed in the right direction. Helmets, seat belts, car seats? Those are amazing at saving lives. To say you miss the good ole’ days, it might mean you never knew people who died during them.

      • blackDog

        Yes Peaches, some people have died and injured while experiencing life. While you want to reduce risk, it is impossible to completely be risk free. Wrapping everyone up in a bubble of 0% risk only make the problem worse, because everyone believes they have no responsibility for their personnel well being. In my opinion it’s better to get a scraped knee by not watching where your going when your young, than stepping in front of a bus while texting when you’re 25. We have become such a nation of whiners and want to blame everything on someone else.

        • Peaches

          So you are against helmets, seatbelts, and carseats? Really? That’s not bubble wrap. It’s using your brain instead of smashing it.

          • Rick

            Awareness of one’s environment saves a lot more lives than helmets, seatbelts, and carseats.

            (Though ideally one has both. I walked away from a near head-on car accident where both cars were doing about 50 mph because I was aware enough to take the impact to the side of the vehicle _and_ because I was wearing a seat belt _and_ the car’s air bag deployed.)

          • Joanne

            I witnessed a vehicle rollover yesterday morning. Both of the men in the truck were belted in and neither appeared to be injured at all, despite the force of the roll. I’m very grateful for advances we’ve made in safety in the past few decades, that’s for sure.

          • Fergor

            And as an EMT I have had to cut dead people out of their paranoia belts, had they not had them on, they probably would have lived.

          • Joanne

            To be fair, a seatbelt is more intended to protect you in the far more likely event of a fender-bender, is it not? You’re pretty likely to survive a rear-end collision and even be uninjured if you’re wearing a seatbelt, because it’s nearly impossible for you to get launched through the windshield if your seatbelt is functioning properly. No matter how you cut it, you’re more likely to survive a serious collision if your body remains in the vehicle, and a seatbelt helps keep it there. Yes, there’s the odd person who dies in a freak accident as a result of seatbelt wearing, but statistically speaking, it’s a drop in the bucket.

          • sandie66

            True too often.

          • Pepe Lopez

            that’s a tired urban myth

          • Jennifer

            In spite of your own limited anecdotal evidence, actual quantifiable research overwhelmingly disproves the argument that it’s safer not to wear a seat belt or that seat belts cause as many or more injuries as they prevent. There is a veritable mountain of evidence comprised of decades worth of data.
            Even in the rather unlikely event that the vehicle catch fire or become flooded with water (and it is unlikely: death by incineration or drowning accounts for less than one-tenth of 1% of motor-vehicle-related traumas), seat belt use statically increases your chances of escaping the vehicle. Why? Because unrestrained drivers and passengers get knocked about in high impact collisions and are generally rendered unconscious, giving them no chance for escape.
            Seat belts save lives.
            Take a look at the statistics: http://www.nhtsa.gov/NCSA

          • Julian Hall

            There’s a good argument backed by apparently sound statistics that cycle helmets at least actually *increase* risk rather than decrease it. The argument runs: a culture that encourages (or requires) cyclists to wear helmets increases the perception that cycling is a dangerous activity, which decreases the number of cyclists on the roads. The biggest threat to cyclist safety is car drivers who aren’t watching for cyclists, which is more of a problem if there are fewer cyclists.

          • Joanne

            Oh my goodness, THIS. My husband is terrified of me cycling in our city due to the number of times I’ve nearly been hit. Seriously, nobody here seems to know what to do about cyclists, and the fewer of us there are, the less pressure there is on the government to create safer roads for cyclists. It’s brutal!

          • Dave

            Actually, it used to be awesome to city cycle when hardly anyone did it, at least in Vancouver. Mind you I stayed out of the way of traffic and didn’t cycle with the modern self-righteous type A attitude. And the paths were free of jerks, and side roads, esp bike routes were just fine. And no one owned spandex except tour-de-wannabes. The Drive to downtown took about 20 minutes. It took a bit longer going home. Then came the pushy ‘bicycle’ people and ruined all the harmony and that pleasant era in Vancouver ended. Oh well…

          • donalda

            Cyclists should have dedicated lanes or trails separating them completely from automobiles.

          • Joanne

            My city does, but not everywhere. We have a paved trail running from near a transit center into our downtown, in fact, but my trip is still not all that safe to actually get to said trail. I’ve found pretty decent access, though. And th city is in the process of expanding access for cyclists.

          • Jeremiah Logan Harrington

            If you cyclists would stick to bike paths and not ride on busy major roads in a large city right in the middle of rush hour perhaps you wouldn’t get squished so much. All this talk of safety equipment…. I think you’re missing a key point here, if you’re really that stupid all the helmets and knee pads in the world won’t help.

          • Captain Jack

            That’s all well and good but seems like car makers are protecting us from ourselves..30 airbags and daytime running lights? If you can’t see me in the day time without lights, you shouldn’t be driving.

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          • Audra Gaiziunas

            ^ Straw man argument.

          • Fergor

            I am against any law mandating ANY of that garbage.

          • thixotropic

            We’re actually not all necessarily against those things. We’re just not fond of having them forced on us.
            You bet your booties I wear my seat belt every time I’m in the car, but I hate that insurance companies got laws *requiring* them for adults rammed through the legislature for their own purposes. Of course children need all the safety they can get in the car — cars are deathtraps. If we truly understood how risky driving is, we’d be demonstrating in the streets for more public transit.

          • JenWest

            Forcing any of it on people with laws or statutes that result in someone facing civil or criminal charges for not using them IS “bubble wrap”. It’s also stepping over the lines as far as I and a lot of people are concerned!
            Frankly the government (federal or state) should have NO SAY WHAT-SO-EVER over my ability to choose IF, HOW, and WHEN I wish to protect myself. No one has any right dictating to me what to do, or telling me how to be “safe”. That’s MY decision. MY call. No one else. The same can be said for a lot of things that have been forced upon us by the politico via law or statute, and none of it really has anything to do about safety or saving lives, it’s about extorting money.
            The only reason politicians make laws and statutes that require people to wear helmets, seat belts, use car seats for children, etc. Is because A: you spend money buying those things, and you get taxed for the money you spend, and so does everyone who makes income from the money you spend… And all of that tax revenue goes to the federal and state governments. B: laws and statutes requires the use of items like those generate income on the city/county/state level by means of law enforcement. People are written citations, and money is “legally extorted” in this fashion. Why do you think speed limits on highways are still kept as low as they are? The roads and vehicles are engineered and have been proven to support much higher speeds than 55mph or 65mph. C: by FORCING “safety” on people it’s hoped that more people will reach adulthood and be successful contributing members of society (read: become a taxable resource for state and federal government). What I’m trying to say is, government are like farmers, and people are like cattle. The farmers are just trying to keep their cows safe so that they can keep getting as much milk from them as possible. The farmer doesn’t want the cows to hurt themselves, because then they can’t produce milk for the farmer, and that creates an issue for the farmer. You see where I’m going with this?

          • wiggle

            Childish, paranoid nonsense. If you’re ever in a serious accident will refuse an ambulance? Will you shout at medical workers for daring to have a say in whether you live or die if you haven’t called them yourself?

            And aren’t you being hypocritical for having a hissy fit about the government trying to keep you alive while happily using the roads that that government has built? If you’re such an individual then build your own roads. Until then, shut up and keep to the speed limit.

        • shaark92

          when I was in “driver’s ed” with my baseball coach, he spoke about this seat belt deal … he said, rather than seat belts, there oughta be a butcher knife mounted in the steering wheel, pointed at the driver. There’d prob be more drivers using caution than being emboldened by the perceived safety of all these “cocoon” devices.

          Drive Smart … because “driving safe” is really an oxymoron. Really, there’s closure of >2 miles/minute < 8' away. It's not SAFE, it's mitigated with thinking drivers & well maintained vehicles.

          • thixotropic

            Thank you. If people were able to realistically assess risk, they would be screaming for more public transpo and rail funding, in order to avoid the dangers of driving. They’d also insist we have more passenger rail and local freight, to get more of the freight trucks off the road.
            Also: it’s illegal to have freight and passengers on the same train for “safety reasons”, but perfectly okay to have both on the road? Why? This makes no sense at all — rail is so much safer than driving — but that’s what we got when we allowed carmakers to dictate policy decisions.

        • Beverly

          Actually I disagree with you, because I think everyone should look out for their personnel. That’s what I would do, personally.

      • Risky Business

        Yes. and if you lock yourself in a dark room and never leave, you’ll REALLY be safe. But what are you trading for safety? Becoming a secure and confident adult means taking risks, making mistakes, and learning to navigate the world around you. But if the world is wrapped in bubble wrap, you’ll be in for a shock when you grow up and there is no safety net. At the very least, you’ll be be a whiney, irritating adult who freaks out about everything.

        • Whooooooop

          You can leave your room with a helmet on. Not that I would. but I just saw on the news that a guy BLEW BOTH OF his hands off on on the 4th of July right in front of 30 Family members. How embarrassing. How Embarrassing. You know Balance is the key to life. Not going to hardcore in any direction.

          • Risky Business

            I think that’s called Social Darwinism.

            Risks are risky for a reason. But no risk, no reward. Seriously, however did the human race survive until this point? Until this generation, we must have just been a pack of wild animals playing at Lord of the Flies. Thank goodness, we have it all figured out now. Wrap everything in safety and work on college and career readiness in a dark corner of the library. Take a break for a bit of gruel. Repeat.

          • Peaches

            Many didn’t survive, but they are not here to tell about it. I’m realizing it’s pointless to try and convince you anything however. You just want to argue for arguments sake.

          • Risky Business

            Not sure how you come to that conclusion. I just have a different point of view. But if you’d rather end the discussion, just say so. It needn’t be contentious. It should be interesting and intellectually stimulating. If it’s grown unpleasant for you, we can stop.

            However, I would like to point out that here I am modifying the experience for you to make it more palatable because you’ve grown frustrated that you cannot “convince me of anything.” Not saying you’re proving my point or anything, but….ahem **whistling

          • linked1

            Admittedly, some of these measures were implemented out of paranoia or by pressure from insurance lobbyists and garbage like that, but some changes actually do represent progress.

          • Gypsy

            Many die young now too, even with all the safety measures taken.

          • Not a Kansan Anymore

            Gypsy, you’re definitely right about that. Some people are complaining about wrapping our kids in bubble wrap. Wearing a helmet when you ride a bicycle is NOT being wrapped in bubble wrap. You can still get hurt while wearing a helmet, anything from a sprained knee to a broken neck (you know, that bad neck injury that you die from or that leaves you totally dependent on someone else to take care of you because you can’t take care of yourself at all).

          • Michael Forbush

            Only the good die young…

          • Dave

            Fewer drunken car crashes and deaths. Definitely that one’s down. But more drug deaths. And gun deaths here in Canada. That didn’t happen amongst youth in the 60s and 70s. Now it seems moderately commonplace.

          • CD

            That’s got nothing to do with what the author was speaking to. It’s not a one or the other thing. Also, drug overdoses as a society are way down, under 18 is essentially unchange. So where are there more drug deaths?

            You are confusing actual mesurements with perception. We hear about more now — due to the ease of information flow. It’s not actually happening more.

          • thixotropic

            The “more drug deaths” claim — do you have any support for that? Because it’s not accurate at all. We have far more drugs now, and much less FDA oversight — the drug companies do their own studies, and the FDA is considering allowing them to basically put whatever they want onto the market — just taking their word for it that the studies aren’t totally bogus. Drugs used to be based on solid NIH research, purchased by pharmaceutical companies (for pennies, natch) and that’s one reason that doctors are beginning to prescribe older drugs over newer ones — they are so often both safer and more effective.

          • Dave

            Massively more drug deaths today than in the 70s. Just a few years ago there was bad junk that killed nearly 400 users. Never had that before.

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          • Fergor

            Actually many MORE die with all the safety paranoia these days.

          • CD

            Simply not true. All cuase mortatlity is at the lowest in history. Making stuff up doesn’t make it true

          • Choderus

            Just like your stuff in the post above.

          • daisy

            you just made that up

          • catzmome

            FACT: 87% of Statistics are made up on the spot.

          • Choderus

            But that’s only correct 70% of the time.

          • Troyminator

            And 72% off the people reading your post believe it.

          • Choderus

            Well, they’re all suckers, then.

          • Ivan Rohde

            There are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies and statistics.
            (Samuel Clemmons I believe)

          • CD

            Look at the department of transportation statistics. There are an order of magnitude fewer accidental deaths on a bicycle today that there were. The rate, approximately 2 per 100,000 was constant throughout the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. In 1995 when 30 states passed mandatory bicycle helmets, the rate dropped in the span of three months (currently approximately 5.2 per 1,000,000). The emergency room visits dropped by 2 orders of magnitude.

            This debate is silly.

          • Choderus

            Please provide any proof at all for your fabricated claim that thirty states passed mandatory bicycle helmet laws in 1995.

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            Dramatically, measurably less though…

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            Seriously -_- Certain things like car seats ad helmets for motorcycles are a wonderful thing. Helmets for kids just learning to ride their bike, I can understand. But kids are not kids today because of technology and too much worry and safety!!! Its sad. Also Peaches many dont survive today. It’s called life. See the difference with today is kids are into drugs, guns, stds are being passed around like Halloween candy and so on. I think I would rather take the 70s and 80s life issues then todays by far!

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            Seriously -_- Certain things like car seats ad helmets for motorcycles are a wonderful thing. Helmets for kids just learning to ride their bike, I can understand. But kids are not kids today because of technology and too much worry and safety!!! Its sad. Also Peaches many don’t survive today. It’s called life. See the difference with today is kids are into drugs, guns, stds are being passed around like Halloween candy and so on. I think I would rather take the 70s and 80s life issues then todays by far! At least kids acted their age, knew how to play.

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          • Fergor

            No they are not wonderful thing, and I still ride my bike without a paranoid helmet.

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          • Pepe Lopez

            I don’t wash my hands before returning to work

          • Leah Klauka McComb

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          • Glenn Eric Johnson

            actually, the 70s and 80s were way worse as far as crime goes, it’s just people are not as blind to the bad things as they were in the 70s. and ever since states started passing concealed carry laws, that;s been a major contributor to the fall in violent crime, also the murder rate at one point in the 70s was 10 per capita, and drug use was a whole hell of a lot worse back then as well

          • thixotropic

            The crime thing is mixed, actually — at many departments, police are told to not write anything as a felony if they can get away with downgrading it to a misdemeanor charge — that’s part of what’s behind the lower crime stats.
            But it’s also true that violent crime is lower — though probably not rape.

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            Nothing wrong with guns. In the 80’s you could play with toy guns that looked like real guns and no one freaked out about it. Toy guns didn’t need to have those orange tips on them to be imported and sold. That’s the law now.
            Today, you even say the word “gun” and people literally FREAK OUT. I’ve actually seen a grown man in his 40’s flip out and act like a mentally insane person.
            But the thing is gun crime (and violent crime in general) was FAR WORSE back then (in the 70’s and 80’s) than it is now (in 2014).
            Gun crime is at an all time low, as is violent crime… yet people keep THINKING it’s “so much worse” because news, media, and popular culture keep trying to make you think it is… and people keep believing everything they’re told because it’s told to them by people they “like” or “identify with”. That’s how stupid our society is.

            Society as a whole is so cognitively disabled that it is incapable of ignoring the bias of emotional sentiment and viewing the world objectively. Only individuals are capable of being objective, but it would seem to me that they are far outnumbered by those that view things subjectively, and as such Society as a whole will continue to live within it’s own false reality while the truth goes largely ignored.

          • Rachel

            Violent crime is far lower today than it was in the 70s and 80s. In fact, the last time rates were this low was 1963 (http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2012/0109/US-crime-rate-at-lowest-point-in-decades.-Why-America-is-safer-now). The difference is in perception, not in actual safety (with respect to drugs, guns, etc.). We have a 24-hr news feed that gives us tragic news, not just from our own neighborhoods, which is what we had with basic TV broadcasts and newspapers 30-40 years ago, but from across the globe.

            Where we have seen measurable improvements is in accidental deaths, such as car and bike accidents, now that kids are better restrained and wear helmets.

          • Glenn Eric Johnson

            guns are NOT a bad thing, they are just tools, you do know that violent crime is down by a lot since the 90s? in 1973 there were over 30,000 murders, i’ll take the crime of today over the crime of the 70s, the most violent decade in american history

          • Jessica Blair

            also may i add as a kid growing up in the 80’s i think we had a lot more fun too.

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            Not only that but the music and media of the era was way more friendly to kids, especially stuff targeted at adults. The worse we had was hard rock and heavy metal which was frankly misunderstood and never really a bad influence, unlike the post 2000 era hip hop and narcissistic pop music that promotes underage screwing and all that it entails. That and the liberal based media and it’s distorting of facts (case in point – Ferguson… etc…)

            Safety may have increased but so did banning things and the “Political Correctness” bs has gone out of control. I miss the time period of my youth, it was such a better era for children. I feel sad for mine sometimes thinking about it.

            As for the helmet thing, it should be up to the parents if they need them or not. The gov. needs to butt out!

          • Jennifer

            LOL. Right, drugs and STDs weren’t a problem back in the wondrous 70’s and 80’s.
            Much like the free-lovin’ counterculture 60’s before it, the 70’s were a heyday for psychedelics like LSD, psilocybin (a.k.a. “magic mushrooms”), peyote, and mescaline. But thise weren’t the only sought-after recreational drugs, because that’s when injectable amphetamine first hit the scene and “speed labs” began cropping up. Even more popular was herion, with abuse so rampant that an estimated 20% of U.S. serviceman returning from Vietnam fell victim to herion addiction. Then with the 80’s came widespread cocaine use, hitting a national peak in 1982 with 10.4 million users (almost 3 times what we experience today). In 1985 came the emergence of crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine shortly thereafter (http://goo.gl/Ue3g7B). Not only is illicit drug use not a new problem, but with the exception of marijuana use of most drugs other street drugs has either not changed appreciably or has actually declined over decade according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (http://goo.gl/K2Jh25).
            As far as STDs go, 1981 was the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, claiming thousands of lives in decade that followed. However, in the late 1990’s increased awareness and understanding of the decease lead to declines in new cases. Today, thanks to the availablity of screening, education initiatives, needle-exchange programs and the use of HIV registries, AIDS cases continue to decline in the U.S. Moreover, advances in antiretroviral therapy mean that patients diagnosed with HIV today may experience a near-normal life expectancy. Gonorrhea rates are at a historical low. Syphilis rates are down for the first time in over a decade. (http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats10/trends.htm)
            As others have already mentioned, violent crime is lower than it was in 70’s and 80’s as well.

          • Fergor

            lol again with that tired false argument.. the old “Ohhhhh worry worry fear fear, many didnt survive and no one here to argue for them” Do us all a favor and eat your gluten free cereal, and your smoke free paranoid helmet wearing house and leave the rest of us REAL people alone.

          • Tomme Brad

            So Peaches, for the sole reason that you cannot convince Risky Business (RB) of the validity of your point and/or did not win your argument here, you dismiss RB with a gratuitous “You just want to argue for arguments sake.” BTW, I personally agree with RB here, but I also see some validity in your point as well. In my almost 70 years (!!!) now, I’ve found that most of those who argue as you are doing here, are “open minded liberals.” But at least you did not call RB any bad names and/or fire off any vitriolic personal attacks, so maybe you’re really not a real “open minded liberal” after all. BTW, what are “bicycle helmets” and “child safety seats?”
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          • JenWest

            The person who it’s pointless to talk to is you sweety. You don’t even realize that what you’re doing is taking away the ability of people to choose for themselves. Instead you are FORCING THEM to do something (which they may or may not want).

          • wiggle

            Of course they’ll still willingly use government resources when things go wrong.

            But if an adult wants to do something, I generally say let them do it IF they’re not using public resources to do it (e.g. roads). That doesn’t apply to children, though. If their parents are too puerile in a ‘fuck you! I won’t do what you tell me!’ sort of way to look after their children then the laws have to protect them.

            http://www.nber.org/digest/dec99/glied.html

            ‘But a growing share of the
            accelerating reduction in child mortality since 1970 stems neither from medical advances nor
            from immunization campaigns, notes NBER researcher Sherry Glied. Rather, it arises from a
            sharp drop in deaths from unintentional injury or accident. Among children under five, deaths
            from these causes dropped from 44 per 100,000 children in 1960 to 18.6 per 100,000 in 1990.
            Among children five to nine, the mortality rate from injury or accidents fell from 19.6 to 9.8 per
            100,000.’

          • JenWest

            You mean the resources that THEY paid for? Well why not?
            I don’t support the idea of social welfare, but guess what? I paid into it every single year I worked since I started working… and because I did so the money that should have been in my pocket helping me to advance in my own life went to someone else, went somewhere else. Well last year I lost my job, and I was screwed out of employment insurance (something else I also paid into every year I worked), so now I’m left with no choice BUT to apply for government assistance. I don’t want to. I feel ashamed because of it, but I need to do SOMETHING. I paid into it though, so now it’s time I get out what I paid in. Understand?
            Also half my family are firefighters, police, and military. I was a volunteer firefighter all 4 years I was in college. You do the job because you LIKE to do it! If you don’t enjoy it (like all the cops I hear complain about how HARD it is all the time), you shouldn’t be there! It’s that simple!

            One link and a quote do not mean JACK! Seriously… even the FBI and the CDC (two US Government run websites) can not get their data to match when it comes to number of firearms victims. Truth is nothing more than WHICH STATISTICS YOU TRUST MORE. I happen to side with the FBI.
            Plus don’t tell me that you actually believe for a single second that MEDICAL ADVANCES do not factor into the mortality of children under 5. Last time I checked UNDER 5 included premature birth, and medical advancement has SIGNIFICANTLY decreased mortality in those born prematurely.
            Actually just the change in behavior in pregnant women between the 1960’s to the present (over 5 decades remember) with drinking, smoking, and drug use during pregnancy has likely helped to cut down on complications during pregnancy, birth defects, and infant mortality. All of this is MEDICAL.

            Something else I’d like to point out… you don’t see kids outside like you used to. I’m only 22, but 12 years old I used to take my bike out at 9am, no helmet, and you wouldn’t see me again until 5pm. I was out riding around, playing with friends, being a kid! I got hurt not and then. I was out rollerblading at a park a half mile from home one day when another kid on a bike being a jerk almost ran into me and I sprained my ankle. He was sorry, someone called an ambulance, and I went to the hospital. My mom was called at home, she met me there, no big deal!
            We had tons of video games, I had a computer, internet, etc. I didn’t have a cell phone. It’s not like it is now where 5 year olds have their own cell and iPad and stuff. I didn’t have “play dates”… I called friends on the phone or went to their houses to see what they were doing and if they wanted to do something or go somewhere. Me and my friends would ride our bikes 5 or 10 miles from home some times… just because we wanted to see how far we could go. This wasn’t in the country either, it was in the Maryland Suburbs. I walked at least half a mile in 6” of snow dragging a sled just to get to the college football field where the big hill is to go sledding. I went ice skating on a frozen part of the bay before, at this little inlet that is only a couple feet deep. We’ve been swimming in the bay at various beaches, and the ocean. I rode on the back of an antique fire engine on the highway MANY times (yes, at highway speeds, 55mph-65mph). No safety harness or any nonsense like that. You hold on with your hands. Now THAT is fun! I’ve done zip lines, repelling, spelunking… I had fun as a kid. I wasn’t sheltered and bubblewrapped like they are today.

          • wiggle

            It’s not ‘one link’ that supports the decline in child mortality thanks to new safety measures. You can find plenty of links and books if you look around. I just added one link to an internet comment. And why bring up firearms in particular? (On a side note how do you reconcile trusting the FBI with your fear of the the government?)
            And I have no problem with you applying for government assistance. Why would I? But it’s impossible to argue reasonably that not having paid into it would mean that you’d have money in your pocket. You only earned that money because you live in a society; you didn’t conjure it out of thin air.

            And of course I don’t believe that medical advances have nothing to do with declining child mortality. What on earth gave you that idea? (By the way, what medical advances would there be without governments?) The change in behaviour in pregnant women does factor into it. And, yes, you can say that that’s medical. But you can say the same about requiring children to wear helmets, and about thinking that second hand smoke isn’t something children should have to experience, and about following speed limits (even if you think they’re wrong, since other road users shouldn’t have to expect someone arriving at twice the legal speed).

            And the memories of your chidhood… If you’re 22 then people were complaining about exactly the same safety measures when you were a child. As they were when I was a child a few years earlier. As people become adults they seem to have a tendency to think they grew up in some sort of 50s idyll. And that probably never existed in the 50s, either.

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            More to the point, how did *your* line survive this long?

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        • Jennifer

          Another component to becoming a successful and competent adult is learning to weigh the rewards against the potential dangers these risks impose. Of course risks are a necessary part of life, but the examples that Peaches gave involve protection from wholly unnecessary risks from which there is little to nothing to be gain. I too know someone who lost their life as a result of head injuries which could have been avoided with the application of a helmet. According to the Institute for Highway Safety, bicycle helmet use reduces the occurrence of head injury by a staggering 85%. Deaths among bicyclists under the age of 20 have declined 84% since 1975. Helmets have made an astoundingly significant impact.
          Seat belts, likewise, inarguably save countless lives. Ejection from a vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in a collision. Being thrown from the vehicle in an automotive crash increases your odds of fatality by 400%. Wearing a seat belt nearly eliminates the risk of total vehicle ejection, bringing it down to under 1%. 64% of passenger vehicle occupants fatality wounded in crashes were not wearing restraints. Proper use of the safety belt also reduces your risk of brain and spinal injuries by half. But it’s not just about the safety of the person strapped in. When your body is flung around it poses a significant risk to others, increasing the likelihood of serious injury or death to additional passengers by 40% when you choose to remain unbuckled.
          Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. Size-appropriate car seats and booster seats more than cut those deaths in half.
          On a more superficial note, everyone benefits from fewer severe traumas and fatalities by way of lower insurance rates.

          You asked what is being traded in exchange for this added safety, and it’s a good question. What are you giving up in these instances? A slight amount of discomfort brought on by wearing a seat beat? That dreaded helmet hair? What big sacrifice is truly being made? Do you honestly believe that the use of such security features impede on a persons ability to mature into a secure and confident adult? Your perspective appears to be that seat belts and helmets will somehow turn their users into pussies (not the word you used, you chose ‘whiney’ and ‘irritating’, but that appears to be the jist). This position is ludicrous. What these measures will do, undoubtedly, is save lives.
          Risks are an essential and healthy part of life, but high costs needn’t (and shouldn’t) be taken when there is no benefit to be had.

          Somewhere there is a balance between fear of living and living recklessly.

        • Jennifer

          Yes, but another component to becoming a successful and competent adult is learning to weigh the rewards against the potential dangers of such risks. Of course risks are a necessary part of life and use of caution can be taken too far, but the examples that Peaches gave involve risks that are wholly unnecessary and offer little to no benefit
          I too know someone who lost their life as a result of head injuries which could have been avoided with the application of a helmet. According to the National Institute of Highway Safety, bicycle helmet use reduces the occurrence of head injury by a staggering 85%. Deaths among bicyclists under the age of 20 have declined 84% since 1975. (http://goo.gl/5gr94v, http://www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles, http://goo.gl/I9xiKt)
          Bicycle helmets make an astoundingly significant impact.
          Seat belts, likewise, inarguably save countless lives. Ejection from the vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in an automotive collision. Being thrown from the vehicle in a crash increases your odds of fatality by 400%. Safety belts nearly eliminate the risk of total vehicle ejection, bringing it down to under 1%. 64% of passenger vehicle occupants fatality wounded in crashes were not wearing restraints. Proper use of a safety belt also reduces your risk of brain and spinal injuries by half. But it’s not just about the safety of the person strapped in. When your body is flung around it poses a significant risk to others, increasing the likelihood of serious injury or death to additional passengers by 40% when you choose to remain unbuckled. Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. Size-appropriate car seats and booster seats more than cut those deaths in half. On a more superficial note, everyone benefits from fewer severe traumas and fatalities by way of lower insurance rates.
          You asked what is being traded in exchange for this added safety and security and it’s a good question. What are you giving up in these instances? A slight amount of discomfort brought on by wearing a seat beat? Dreaded helmet hair? What big sacrifice? Do you honestly believe that the use of such security features impede on a persons ability to mature into a secure and confident adult? Your perspective appears to be that seat belts and helmets will somehow turn their users into wusses (not the word you used, you said ‘whiney’ and ‘irritating’, but that appears to be the jist). That position is ludicrous. What these measures will do, undoubtedly, is save lives. Risks are an essential and healthy part of life, but costly risks needn’t (and shouldn’t) be taken needlessly when there is nothing to be gained from it.

        • CookieMonster

          There’s a difference between not letting your kids go out and play and experience life, versus having them strap on a seat belt in a car or wear a helmet while biking… both of which are extremely effective and cause no other issues.

      • Rebekah Bennett

        I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, and never heard of any child dying through an accident that could have been prevented… more children die of suicide, these days! I have 2 dear friends that lost their young teenage children to suicide!! I seriously don’t think THAT is the right direction!

      • donalda

        You’re right, but then again we who grew up in the 70s and 80s had more freedom were more independent and probably more creative as a result. I mean, I was trusted to run all over town at 11 with my 7 year old brother in tow, riding buses and doing whatever until the sun went down. Yeah, we did some stupid stuff we probably shouldn’t have survived, but I wouldn’t trade it.

      • sandie66

        I am 47 and have yet to know of anyone I grew up with who died while we were growing up or even now. Your friend’s brother’s death was awful, but you cannot just multiply the number and come up with some weird morbid idea. I don’t believe there were any more deaths due to accidents or what have you back then than there are now. I see at least a child a month getting hit by a car on the way to or from school. In the summer I see at least a child a week drown. And the entire leaving your kid in the car? That has gotten out of control. And this is just the news in my area. Now multiply that by however many cities there are. More kids die today due to parental stupidity. Just my 2 cents.

      • thixotropic

        I’m sorry about your brother… but you know how many people are alive but paralysed — often with traumatic brain injury that leaves them totally unable to care for themselves — because they had helmets on? They’re not an unmixed blessing.

      • William.Rockefeller.Jr

        I knew a woman who gave birth to a child and died!!! :O

        • Choderus

          He was born on the day that his mama died. And he cried.
          You know the reason? He was a baby at the time!

      • Jesse Stoner

        People can not die until it’s there time! No such thing as an accidental death! Your day is written no matter what u do.. What path u take etc,etc.. Only way a person can die when it is not there time is from suicide.
        The idea behind helmets n seat belts is very humurous! If you died In a car crash no matter how old you are.. It is your time to die period! No one can be saved from the day that is written for them.
        Not to mention this life is only a test!
        We are not here to make a life for ourselves!
        We are here to prove our selves worthy of Heaven! No matter how you look at it none of us are free! God gave us a free Will but he still owns us! There is only two paths in life.. Gods or the devils.. Either way you are owned by one of them.
        Live your free will and you chose the devils path.. Gd luck with that!!
        Or live Gods will and go to Heaven!
        Your 100yeats on earth if your lucky is not your real life.. Your real life starts when you reach eternity! Either with the devil or with God.
        Devils path is wide open, beautiful and people laughing, dancing and enjoying life.
        Gods path is Thorns n Thistles!
        You have to live the hardest way possible to go to Heaven.
        And furthermore no one goes to heaven unless the die being a Saint! That’s a fact!!!
        Anything in excess of what you need to survive is a grave sin… And anytime your not giving glory to God you are I fact sinning!!!

        • Choderus

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        • Gravve

          First of all, you’re insane or have been severely mislead by a faith leader that doesn’t understand the text he/she is teaching.

          Second of all, you make no logical sense. No where in the Christian bible does it say that if you commit suicide, you are going against your set time on earth. You are not somehow changing your “time”, as you put it, by committing suicide.

          Read Job 14-5
          “Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;”

          This is Job talking about the finality of death and the limits of our lives set by God. “Thou” refers to God having given each person a set amount of time on earth, or from another perspective, God know’s how long you will be here. In either case, there is no way to break “his bounds that he cannot pass”. Your comment about suicide is stupid, misleading, and based on no biblical fact. If you want to say it’s a sin, sure, it’s mentioned in the bible, but if you want to say that you are somehow going against the will of God by committing suicide? That, according to your Christian faith, is blasphemy.

          And thirdly, you cannot be owned by God, where as you have no control over your life, which your comment “No one can be saved from the day that is written for them.” eluding to your opinion that it doesn’t matter if you use safety equipment, has no basis in reality. You cannot be owned by God, whereas nothing you do matters or changes anything, and still have FREE WILL. This goes against the very basis of what free will defines.

          What you do in your life is your choice, and those choices will effect what happens to you. You are not magically going to die in a 20 mile an hour fender bender while wearing a seatbelt and following the rules of the road simply because it’s “your time to go”. From the Bibles perspective, the world is set upon rules that God made (when it comes to the christian faith explaining the facts of science) and there is no way to circumvent the Will of God, as he is all knowing and all powerful.

          You need to seek a different church, because it is very clear that your pastor has no idea what the words in the Bible amount too or how to teach them.

      • JenWest

        My family are mostly firefighters, police, and military. Even I was with the fire department for 4 years.
        I grew up speaking 10-code. Hanging out at the fire house on meeting nights with my dad, sitting on the front bumper of one of the engines while everyone was out on the front apron of the station simply sitting around and talking, all bay doors open, listening to them talk about all the different calls they were on, and joking around. That’s what I was raised on.
        I call an ambulance a “Meat Wagon”. I knew my ABC’s (Airway, Breathing, Circulation) and how to treat a gaping chest wound while I was in Elementary school. Talking about people being ejected in vehicle rollovers, losing limbs, or being scraped off the road wasn’t only common place, it was the kind of stuff we joked about.

        Understand that some of us are just different from the rest of you. We are fully aware of the potential dangers involved in taking various risks… And we accept that risk. Hell, we enjoy it!
        People like us don’t want, nor do we need, laws telling us to wear seat belts, to wear helmets, to not smoke, to not drink, to not do this, to not do that!
        Frankly, we want to make our own choices for ourselves. We don’t want you or anyone else making our choices for us… Even if you think you’re doing it to help us.
        The truth is we would rather get hurt or killed knowing it was by our own choice, than live forever without the ability to make our own choices for ourselves.
        To me, my dad, and a lot of people I know… That’s not living.

      • Zach Zmuda

        You make a good point. I don’t think anybody would argue that kids should not be put in obvious situations of risk, and things like helmets should be mandatory. The whole argument revolves around kids being given the opportunity to explore, have fun, make decisions and have the chance to understand repercussions (good and bad) at an age where the repercussions are not as serious as they would be later in life. Everybody learns from mistakes, but the goal is usually to educated others to not make the same mistakes. Unfortunately, that can be taken way too far, and the kids miss out on exploring the outdoors for example, being active, and becoming independent thinkers. I had a mountain bike that I used almost every day, and built jumps with my friends. I got cut, bruised, scraped. I learned from that. But looking back, 99.99% of going out riding bikes with friends was positive, getting hurt was one of the few negatives It was worth it. Accidents happen, whether driving a car or riding a bike or playing at a playground.

      • Doug

        Doctors, at their best, are making educated guesses. After my head on accident back in ’85, I should be a vegetable at least according to the doctors. The doctors told my parents that I should have severe brain damage, would spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair, etc. They also said that of people that have had injuries as severe as mine, 1% survive, and of that 1%, 1% recovers to the degree I did. So I’m a double one percenter.

    • Fergor

      Ah yes, this old tired argument. You know, 99% of us never even knew a kid that died in an accident back then. Now as “safe” as we are, kids die on a regular basis in accidents.

      • 10Swords

        Consider yourself lucky then. When I was 8 my best friend drowned. It was an accident that could easily have been prevented with today’s safety standards. You obviously have a point of view and will twist reality to suit it.

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    • William.Rockefeller.Jr

      The world has become a wasteland of paranoia in the US. 9/11/1991 was the beginning. GW BUSH Sr. declared a New World Order.

      9/11/2001, was the greatest HOAX ever perpetuated on US soil since 9/11/1941 = “12/07/1941”. If Americans didn’t have a television to help them decide their lives, what would? The implementation of MK ULTRA into US doctrine has resulted in the CURRENT state of what we see as America today.

      OSAMA was not wanted for 9/11/2001 by the FBI. FBI is the determination for prosecution since the ‘attacks’ accord on US SOIL and not INTERNATIONAL (CIA)

      EBOLA!!!!!!! :O Scary stuff!!!! Kids getting trapped in ‘CLAW MACHINES’ 😉 Pathetic people of the US!

      • Michael Wade

        Wow, You must have been employed by N.S.A. or something This guy Knows the U.S. gov tactics, As tho he read this from a history book in the 23 Century. Bravo, To you, Unfortunately What you fail to realize is the situation is exceedingly worst. Inoculations received from birth and thru out maturity Double as synaptic pathway inhibitors, Which were most likly behind the S.I.D.S. deaths of the early 1980’s , Majority of People in this country are not as evil as the World is lead to think. They are to ignorant and incapable of the simple daily tasks with home and work to be the will behind the hanes, Murderous illicit acts of the U.S. Gov. They are too dangerous a component having the ability to vote and control the direction of the Country. Makes them The #1 Target and Victim of the same Gov You and I can see, That they are completely dependant and damaged by! Sorry to have to correct you like that, But you need to know the facts. I hope this info alters your use of adjectives used to describe the American people, It’s not our fault, And we can;t get anywhere without the help and support of higher intellectual freedom loving persons from around the globe.

    • William.Rockefeller.Jr

      1890’s = A woman giving birth had a 50/50 chance of not making it out alive. What is your point?

    • JenWest

      My dad died of lung cancer a number of years ago. It was caused by exposure to asbestos when he was a firefighter in a shipyard. The man was also a heavy smoker, and though the smoking wasn’t what caused the cancer it did make it more difficult for him to breathe.
      He didn’t care though. He said “Screw it, I’m gonna do it my way”. That’s what he did too! He didn’t care if it was bad for him, or if it made things more difficult on him. He liked to smoke, so he smoked until the day he died.

      I also don’t think I ever saw that man wear a seat belt.
      He lived his life on HIS terms… Not anyone else’s.

      • Pepe Lopez

        and probably died at a young age and never got to see his grandkids grow up

      • Le Batteur

        That’s right. Die. Just die on “your own terms” and make everyone who loves you no longer have you around as a result.
        I find that selfish. Safety rules are there to protect you, not to control you. By all means, live your life the way you want to, enjoy what you want to enjoy, do what you want to do, but why is it so important to you to just throw your life away?

        You don’t have to wrap yourself in bubble wrap and wear a helmet (which sounds a lot more dangerous than anything else I’ve read, to be honest), but be smart. Realize a dangerous activity when you see it and take mental precaution. Make a choice beforehand whether or not that’s something you want to take a risk for.

        Don’t toss yourself into oblivion over something as stupid as not seeing someone coming at 50 mph as you’re exiting a parking lot, or not heeding a sign that warns of rocks in the water you’re about to jump into. There is nothing honourable about throwing your life away, nor is there anything honourable about maiming yourself out of a simple thickheadedness that refuses to let you see a reasonable alternative. Live your life, don’t worry, but be wise.

        • JenWest

          “make everyone who loves you no longer have you around as a result. I find that selfish.”

          So, you seem to think people making their own choices or decisions, some of which may be “harmful” or “dangerous” to themselves, is selfish.
          Well, do you know what I find TRULY selfish? When people like yourself attempt to control others through emotional manipulation, for instance the use of guilt, in order to get them to make the choices and decisions you desire, not based on their wishes or personal interests but on your own.
          ie: forcing someone else to live for your benefit at the cost of their own.

          Not only is that what’s TRULY SELFISH… It’s an absolutely disgusting and horrible thing to do to another person!

    • soutie

      it’s called natural selection , stupid kids never made it!!! therefore never became stupid adults , we need more natural selection , not less!!

    • luxlamf

      They also seem to neglect that these same children that grew up “Tough” became the parents of these children today they claim are too soft.

    • Kelly Miller

      Everything was fine before “safety precautions” and kids learned to listen to their parents the first time when they said “no, you’re going to get hurt if you do that”. I think all these “safety precautions” have caused kids to become more dependent on their parents, stunt their growth and development, and make them impervious to hearing the word NO.

    • herbert

      I’m thinking of a first-grade schoolmate who died in an auto crash before seat belts, a friend who laid in a coma for months after falling from her bicycle, my sister’s broken collar bone falling from a merry-go-round, the kid we knew who killed himself, a smoker dead of cancer at 50-years-old, melanomas from sunburn, paralysis from being thrown from a horse, all those missing kids on milk cartons…yes, great times.

    • davbo

      I agree that advances in health and safety are good – smoking, seat belts – they are a no brainer. For me the jury is still out on bicycle helmets. In 40 years of riding a bike I’ve been over the handlebars dozens of times and sustained 2 broken collar bones but never once hit my head. Research has shown that car drivers treat you less carefully when you wear a helmet. Some top cyclist here in the UK are against them. I feel less comfortable and less aware of the environment around me when I wear them. So I cycle without but I do so very carefully.

      The problem is that the tendency for the media to use FEAR has increased to the extent that it naturally spills over to our daily lives. They use it to advance partisan political agendas and they use it because it is the easiest button to press to get the reaction you want. So not content with rational advancements in safety culture, the fear element has to be injected – it sells.

      One example is the way kids are looked after. One would think from what one read that the number of paedophiles has mushroomed like crazy since e.g. the 1950s. But as a percentage the number of pedophiles stays the same – there is no special environmental thing going on now that has increased their numbers. In the 1970s people were aware of this problem too and told their kids not to take sweets from strangers, go into cars with strangers – even if they wanted to show you puppies etc etc. There were even quite scary public information films here in the UK on TV aimed at kids. So we were all schooled in appropriate response to adults handing around our parks or other places we played and since we all generally played in groups anyway we would act as a gang in any situation like that. But the fact is the parents still kicked their kids out of the house to go and play – because the likelihood of anything bad happening to them was absolutely minimal – just as it is today. But the 70s parents had the odds factored right. Todays parents think their kid is going to be automatically abducted if they let them out of their site for 2 minutes. Pure overblown fear – to a ridiculous and unnecessary extent.

      The problem now is that it is so unusual to see kids just out playing like we did back then that society is losing its response. Even helping a kid becomes a worry about being accused of doing something bad.

      This is a bad direction to be going in.

  • TheRajLOSAngeles

    Well, it’s obvious to me why “millennials” come off as such pussies. So sad how Liberalism has turned our society into a litigious wasteland of people afraid of their own shadow.

    • Jordan

      Calling millennials pussies even though the baby boomer generation raised them? You seem VERY smart………….. I don’t think Liberalism did that to your shitty wasteland of people.

      • TheRajLOSAngeles

        I can’t tell what you’re trying to say? You do know what litigious means, right?

      • TheRajLOSAngeles

        I have no idea what you’re trying to say, but It’s clear you don’t understand the premise of my comment

      • Traci Renai

        I think gen x’ers are actually raising the majority of the millennials–

      • TrayTait

        Ummmm. I think you skipped a generation. Or two. Baby boomers are 65 and older right now, so I don’t think they are raising the millennials. Just saying.

    • Spaz

      I think a bigger problem is that too many people (such as yourself) have to turn everything into a liberal vs. conservative argument. As nice as it is to be nostalgic, I think most people would agree that it’s a good thing that most things on this list are different today. Smoking? Seat belts? Sun protection? Removing hot metal jagged items from the playground? Wearing a helmet while riding a bike? I do agree that people coddle their children far too much today, but that’s a general societal problem that has nothing to do with liberalism or conservatism. It’s lazy parenting and it’s a problem that affects both conservative and liberal families equally.

      • Fergor

        But it always IS liberal vs. conservative. Liberals are behind all this paranoia and push more more “safety” laws. They ARE the problem.

    • Evan Louis

      Yup, because people that obsess their guns – and are powerless without – them are somehow NOT pussies? Uh huh… Tell you what, when we see a pickup truck with NRA, Romney, etc stickers plastered across the back, we all know that we are looking at the vehicle of a frightened and pathetic little man.

      • Fergor

        Oh look another neutered male who is scared of inanimate objects.. lol what a coward.

    • Gypsy

      I remember when people were just friends and politically affiliation rarely came up. Those were the days.

    • Chris Miller

      Since the 70’s we had two Bush’s and a Reagan for a total of 20 years. You were saying?

      • jahacopo2221

        Yes, and if one wants to get really technical and include all of the 70s–in the 44 years since 1970, 27 of those years have been under a Republican President (Nixon ’70-’74, Ford ’74-’77, Reagan ’81-’89, Bush 41 ’89-’93, Bush 43 ’01-’09)…so, Chris Miller you make an excellent point. Definitely the conservatives who are responsible for the bubble-wrapping of American society, since they’ve had far more opportunity whilst in power.

    • T Smith

      Back then, people didn’t turn every single thing into an opportunity for political bloviating, because not everything in the world has to do with politics. People actually had lives that had nothing to do with politics. And, guess what? Liberals and conservatives got along together, despite having different political opinions. It was considered rude to talk about religion and politics with people you didn’t know very well. It was considered good manners. That’s something I wish we would return to, because I’m sick to death of the Us vs Them mentality.

    • Maddie

      The funny thing to me about this comment is that where I live in TN, the worst helicopter parents are the conservatives. I kid you not! Some of my best friends are conservatives and they won’t let their children out of their sight and would bubble wrap them if they could! The people I know who are left-leaning are the ones that give their kids a little freedom, and aren’t freaking out every time someone gets a skinned knee!

      But seriously, helicopter parenting is not a liberal or conservative thing. It’s just a thing. Stop politicizing everything.

  • Jordan

    This was literally the worst article I’ve ever read, if you can call it that. There is zero semblance of why parents should actually allow their kids to experience life holistically, rather than be attended to every minute of every day. Potentially your worst arguments were no seat belts and no skin protection. The only reason so many of you turned out “alright” is because there were twice as many of you as any other generation thus far.

  • HeathersFriend

    #9) Abortion

  • Clydicus

    Also – riding in the back bed of pickup trucks!

  • racknstack

    I love the mom out with her kids on the bikes with shorts up to her hoo-hoo-dilly and high heels.

    • tapu

      What does that have to do with ANYTHING? Other than your own questionable obsessions?

      • cityliving12

        oh, relax. It was a funny comment about a dated picture.

      • Choderus

        What’s questionable about obsessing over a hoo-hoo-dilly like hers?

    • Comradebg

      Daddy, is that the way sweet old ladies used to look way back in the 80’s?

    • T Smith

      Well, they didn’t all wear the high heels. A pair of Keds or sandals would have been more common

  • cordycord

    Gawd I miss those days. 🙂

  • Barry Arlington

    Kind of left out quite a few like riding in the back of a pick up truck. or laying on the back seat of a car (Between the window and the seat. drinking out of a hose. or sharing a can of soda with the entire group. just to name a few…

    • LJB_65

      Never forget my friend’s mom cramming like 10 of us into her little Datsun B210, driving us back to school!

      • T Smith

        I remember riding home from band practice one time and there were so many kids in the car that one little guy had to ride in the trunk.

    • Sherri Shaw

      Borrowed horses, no saddles,polyrope on the halter, borrowed rowboats in the moonlight, garden raiding for carrots and fresh peas……oh yeahhhh. ……it was so cool dude! Poor kids these days…stuck in the basement with a freakin computer…..its not even raining outside!

    • Marie Gallagher Fisher

      And the baby on my mom’s lap in the front seat, too.

    • Grimm1

      I remember many rides with 10+ kids packed in the bed of a pickup truck getting dropped off after baseball practice or after scouts.

    • docholly

      Sitting on the stoop until after midnight while our local dealers argued over whose corner it was. We knew it was time to go in when the girls showed up for their respective corners #NYC1970s

  • saysomething

    Ha ha ha. Boy those were the days. Such memories. Especially about tanning with no protection. Of course, I’m now fighting stage 2B melanoma skin cancer. But good times everyone!

    • Fergor

      Suuuureeee you are. LOL there is always one of these when “safety” comes up in a discussion.. a person who “has every disease in the book” sometimes I think they are paid posters. I have news for you, if in fact you ARE sick, its genetics not the sun that made you that way.

  • Shelly Price

    This world is getting TOO POLITICALLY CORRECT TO LIVE IN!! When a parent complains that “My child is so sad they lost a baseball game” the answer isn’t “Let’s NOT keep score” the answer is tell little Timmy “Shut the fuck up! Deal with it! Bummer, you didn’t win. Maybe put down the video game controller & practice throwing a ball!”

    • Whooooooop

      The very REASON video games are so popular is BECAUSE it is the ONE place competition rules, that is left for kids today.
      ONLY Winners or Loosers. It doesn’t get more competitive in SOME games. You know you’re playing against real people these days. Not like pac-man of days past. It’s mental sports, it REALLY is. Every little thing you do is kept track of with stats and you can even review your yearly progress in any aspect you choose to look at. Every game is different too. Some are just art. Know before insulting.

      • Chris Miller

        So the fat kid now can compete rather than get in shape. The reason they are so popular because there is a fear of letting “little Timmy” go out. You call that comp? I call that the kid who can’t interact, can’t physically compete and his mom whines about bullies.

        • Lindsey Breter

          Wooohooo AMEN….PREACH IT!!!!!!!

          • dustinst22

            Wait, weren’t you just typing about emphasizing correctly? Heeee Hawww

        • dustinst22

          These are the same kids that will be your boss one day 😉 Yes, the nerds have taken over — how does that feel to be a jock working for nerds?

        • Lowcarb

          Look around you. Fat Obese kids everywhere. When I was kid in the 60’s we made fun of the one or two kids in our classes that were fat. Now we have to be tolerant. Moms and Dads that allow this you have sealed your kids fate of always dealing with health issues. It is your fault, period!! Not politically correct? Then Suck on it! Oh sorry hate speech. You can go to jail for that now too. What a country of wimps we live in today. You are all brainwashed to be tolerant. 40% of all adults are on some sort of Prozac psychotropic drugs. Another huge problem.

          • Melissa Gerber

            I was one of the fat kids that the others made fun of, and my family thought was ‘healthy’ and ‘cute’.
            I pretty much hate everyone I grew up with, and have a permanent complex, thank you all so much.
            Ironically, I was taught not to make fun of people.

          • sandie66

            I was one too. And as an adult I have been anywhere from 145 to 257 and everything in between. Will never matter how skinny or thin, I will always think I am fat because of the kids in the 70s too!!! And yet, I was also taught not to make fun or others and I taught my children the same.

          • Choderus

            It’s cool with me, Missy. I like that ‘healthy’ look.

          • Melissa Gerber

            Thanks:) I’m working on getting fit, which is more important than fashionable skinniness, anyway.

          • Choderus

            Keep me warm this Winter.

        • Jay Grissom

          Actually the reason video games are popular is because they are fun, plain and simple. Im not fat and i love them. It doesnt matter who you are, or what you do for a living, a video game wont discriminate. Its all about having fun and connecting with people. The reason fat kids play them is because unlike in sports , where they are made fun of and ridiculed, they actually can participate and have actual fun. Not only that but also because they can hide in a world where they can truley be thierselves with out people like you telling them they have to be a certain way or else they arent good enough. Oh and there are many studies that show that playing video games can actually increase brain volume in several regions of the brain, increase motor functions in your hands and increase reaction time.

        • britney jc

          you look hot how old are you

      • Lindsey Breter

        Learn how to emphasize properly.

  • Mel Johansson

    “…and it was just fine.” Except, of course, for those kids for whom it was not “just fine.” Especially the no-seat-belt thing.

    • Guest

      No question bad things happened. Being stowed in your mom’s bicycle basket was a recipe for head trauma. I guess the point being made is whether we’ve gone too far in the other direction and worry too much….. food for thought anyway.

    • No question bad things happened. Being stowed in your mom’s bicycle basket was a recipe for head trauma. I guess the point being made is whether we’ve gone too far in the other direction and worry too much…. food for thought anyway.

    • Brian

      Plenty of kids in today’s world end up not “just fine” too. Stuff is gonna happen.

    • Jim Snyder

      At least we thinned out the herd the natural way back then. Some things were unfortunate, and some things happened because some kids were not that bright. Now that percentage non-bright ones make it to adulthood and are allowed to reproduce.

      • Jack Stone

        Natural way? My friend died from second hand smoke because his mom thought it was ok to smoke in the house.

        • FisherofTruth

          i am sure your friend died of a specific ailment. would be amazed if the cause was the mom’s smoke

      • Guest

        Well, if that’s the case, why is there so much complaining about how “stupid” kids are these days or about how it’s all the “stupid” people reproducing?

        • evianalmighty

          Public schools and liberalism.

    • Thinker45

      Here’s the thing to keep in mind: we have become a society of ‘no tolerance’ and what I mean by that is, we see these situations in black and white. Take seat belts. Sure, wearing your seat belt is safer than not. But, then again, not driving is the safest way to prevent getting hurt in a car accident, and hey, not leaving the house at all will prevent all sorts of possible harm.

      But that’s ridiculous, right? So what measure of ‘safer’ are we aiming for? A percentage? A number? Or, do we often default to this absolute, which is what I mean by no tolerance – we don’t tolerate the idea of any number being good at all.

      In 1975, about 20 people per 100,000 (or 44,000) died in auto accidents. In 2012, that was 10 people per 100,000 (34,000). The majority of seat belt laws came into effect in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but there’s no correlation in the peak of deaths in 1980, nor the recent drop, because until a few years ago, the percentages were much closer, around 15 out of 100,000.

      So we look at those numbers and think, ‘less deaths are better!’ and, true, it is, but the reality is that seat belts aren’t keeping us that much safer – for whatever value you want to place on ‘that’. And the drop in deaths are speculated to be more about cracking down on drunk driving, people driving less and better auto design, airbags and electronic alerting systems than seat belts.

  • AB

    sounds like my childhood, though I was born in the mid-80s. But my parents were definitely 70s children, so I’m sure they just did it the way their parents did.

  • Lacey W

    And yet we survived. My family had lawn darts and NOBODY ever got impaled. I played on playgrounds made of metal, and even brought wax paper to make you go faster down slides. No damage. Every July 4th we had our own fireworks and I still have all my fingers and toes.

    • Sally

      To get a sheet of waxed paper for the slide was stupendous fun! (I grew up in the 40s and 50s, much the same as the 70s, but even more so!) Would not trade it for the world!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        I’m with you,Sally. We also folded waxed paper over a comb to play music!

    • bayma

      I never heard of this and now my childhood seems like it was less fun.

    • NickRepublic

      Did not know about the wax paper. Worst thing that ever happened to me on a metal slide was the kid in front of me (who shall remain nameless) peed on himself going down the slide and well, once you started down, there was no going back up…eewww!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        Oh,man!

  • Chris Wienke

    This is awesome. I feel nostalgic. You forgot that we also all walked to school, even as kindergarteners

    • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

      I was on the Safety Patrol (remember that?). I stood on a corner ,by myself,for 10 mins before lunch and back on the corner for 10 mins before lunch ended.My corner was only 1 block from the school and 2 blocks from my house. I walked home,to an empty house,and made my own lunch. Yes, I even used the stove! I sat down and ate my lunch with Chief Halftown hosting the POPEYE cartoons. Then walked back to school.

      • J. Longstreet

        Great memory, Priscilla. I remember the safety patrol kids. And I remember walking home for lunch in Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade, too. I’d forgotten all about that. 🙂

      • Jeff Blanks

        They let you out of school for lunch? I don’t think mine would’ve let us do that. Was this an elementary school or a middle school?

        • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

          2nd through 6th grade.

      • Claudia Ritter

        I let my 7 year old heat up his own food on the stove and my dad (a Boomer) freaks out. Go figure.

        • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

          @ Claudia Ritter – I’m a little surprised that it’s not the other way around! When I walked home from school at lunchtime, I usually fried an egg or a “Chopette” on the stove! No one else was home – my mom was a teacher in a different school district than mine & my dad worked an hour away. And this was elementary school! I would never let a kid do that,now. Haha!

    • Walter Wall

      Yup, and the only one with us was our big brother/sister who would usually take off with their friends cause they didn’t want you hangin with them!!!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        Hahaha! That’s the truth!

    • Miranda Mattingly Grim

      My boys walked to school from 2nd grade on! One is in middle school is and one is a freshman. But to be fair, our school is literally a block and a half away and there’s a dedicated walkway leading all the way to the door of the school from our outermost neighborhood street…no busy streets to get across. We are just lucky we have that. Any further or with a busier street to cross and I may not have.

    • Rosey P

      Thanks for steering this right back to the original subject!!! Ahh, the humor and idiocracy in comment boards. Lame reality shows for those who prefer to read it and not watch it.

  • Chris Dedrickson

    kids today are waaay too sheltered and protected! they are not allowed to be kids. just clean up the blood when you’re done was a familiar response to some of our activities. and it is good to eat a little dirt, it strengthens your immune system to be exposed to germs and grime. i was born in ’69 and remember every one of these and am sad to see the way things are now.

    • robingee

      I agree that slathering a kid with Purell every five minutes harms more than helps, there are plenty of “kids being kids” these days. I see them whipping by on a skateboard with no protective gear and climbing trees in the backyard.

      We’ll be fine.

      • lucascott

        i see nothing wrong with making a kid wear a helmet when biking etc. but yeah the whole Purell etc is way much

    • Brian Katcher

      Darn kids and their be bop music! Back in my day, we knew the value of a dollar! And knew how to respect our elders, dad gum it! Face it Chris, we’re getting old.

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        And,where did we hear those words before? LOL

    • GentlyWaftingCurtains

      Is this what you take away from the article? Because a lot of these things sound really stupid and dangerous. Maybe we have gone too far the other way, but we should never go back to this.

      • Brian

        That’s the whole point of the article. A lot of stupid and dangerous things were commonplace, and we still turned out fine.

        • Jeff Blanks

          I’m not so sure we turned out quite *that* fine. After all, we’re the generation that later turned into those “helicopter parents”.

    • lucascott

      too much of a degree yes. Leaving a young kid in a car is a bad move but so is demanding air mattresses under playground gear, coddling their every desire, demanding scores aren’t kept so no kid feels like a loser etc.

      there needs to be a balance

      • YaqubHassan

        The only dangerous thing about leaving your kids in a car is if the AC or heat aren’t on when it’s hot or cold out. “Stranger danger” is a complete canard begotten by a for-profit news media that runs on fear. A child walking home from school alone today is in no more danger than their grandparents would have been at their age.

  • dt

    The sun tanning thing was spot on. We use to go out on Friday nights partying and on Saturday mornings we would head to the beach and sleep it off. Spent the entire day in the sun with no sun screen just sun tan lotion and sun in for our hair. Still alive and kicking at 51.

    • Bimmerman

      Unlike some of your contemporarties who are dead from melanoma.

      • dt

        Sorry if this hits a nerve, but it doesn’t change the fact that we did this.

      • punstress

        I have read that melanoma has increased montonically with sunblock usage.

        • richcreamerybutter

          No. You can see below why it might appear that way; as of the mid-90s, we’ve started to reverse the damage we inflicted on the ozone layer, which protects us from UVB rays. Kids in the ’70s do have some damage (and it’s good for everyone to regularly get checked), but if anything those who tanned in the ’80s-early ’90s without protection probably have the greater risk for skin cancer.

          Previous generations will show overt damage caused by UVA rays, since those are ones primary responsible for tanning. However, UVB rays tend to cause mutations (and cancer). Special photography reveals cumulative UVB damage in the face, even without obvious surface wrinkles and spots.

          Regardless of UVA vs UVB and the gradual repair of the ozone layer, why would you want to look like a piece of leather?

          http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/ozone-and-uv-where-are-we-now

          • J. Longstreet

            (“We’ve repaired the ozone layer”) Backing away slowly…

          • Bergey66

            The more accurate statement would be “We’ve begun to repair … ”

            http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mending-ozone-good-for-global-warming/

          • nm

            If we’re being accurate, it’s more like “we’ve slowed our destruction of the ozone layer, and it’s slowly repairing itself.” 🙂

          • WW4

            In fact the poster said “We’ve started to reverse the damage,” which is factual.

    • punstress

      Every time we went down the shore we came back as little lobsters.

    • Sally

      Go to the dermatologist and get checked out, OK?

    • Kathy Wattula

      I have many memories of Mom spraying me with Solarcaine after a day at the pool.

    • richcreamerybutter

      See my response further down. Most of your childhood tanning would have occurred before significant ozone layer damage. The ozone layer protects us from UVB rays, which are the ones that can cause cell mutation and cancer. This damage is permanent, and can be a ticking time bomb, so be sure to regularly have your moles checked by a dermatologist. Trust me, you don’t want to see someone die of skin cancer.

      • Kristine Rizzuto

        Actually sitting in the ER with my sister now. Her brain tumor is back. Stage 4 melanoma ain’t no joke. She’ll be 41 in a couple of weeks. If she makes 42 it’ll be a miracle

        • be kind

          I’m so sorry, Kristine. That’s terrible.

    • Cancankant

      …and spraying water on ourselves to “darken on tan” (or “burn to tan”). Eeeek. I’m a sunscreen wearer now. That shizz was mental.

      • Luvmylab

        I remember using baby oil or whipped butter to quicken the tanning process.

        • allie

          We used baby oil with a touch of iodine. The iodine was supposed to help you get darker, I think!

  • A moment of silence for our fallen comrades. Some of us were truly lucky to survive!

  • Faye_Oney

    Lol, thanks for the memories! I remember playing on a see-saw with my brother. When one of us decided to get off, the other one got slammed to the ground. Yes, we all survived, and are the better for it. At least back then, nobody was shooting up schools.

    • ridesunvalley

      Not quite Faye. The mids- to late-1970s is considered the second most violent period in U.S. school history.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_States

      • KC

        FYI Wikipedia is one of the worst sites to use when using/checking facts.

        • Jeb Hoge

          Cite?

          • Denise Ainsworth

            Yes , cite, timbo59 used the word correctly. Get a dictionary and look it up!

          • GiGi

            I love when people either try to correct or question a word not in their vocabulary. It’s rather sad, but still hilarious!

          • ex2bot

            That’s not what happened. Check the arrows and indents. The indenting (and arrow next to his / her username) shows that Jeb Hoge was replying to KC above. His / her message is challenging KC to prove his / her assertion that “Wikipedia is one of the worst sites to use when using / checking facts.”

          • GiGi

            Ok smart ass, this was what I was referring to: timbo59 rgibby7 • 4 days ago
            Sorry, but I’ve actually tried correcting them on some apocryphal details they cite on some of their pages and they refuse to accept them.

            Jeb Hoge KC • 7 days ago
            Cite?
            17 • Reply•Share ›
            He wasn’t talking to KC, he was referring to this word, as if used incorrectly…I know how these posts work…no need to feel superior!

          • Jordan

            You obviously don’t know how these posts work…

          • ex2bot

            But I need to feel superior. Why are you trying to hold me down? 🙂

            Ex2Bot
            World Authority of Message Threads Superior to All Incl. Gigi
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          • ex2bot

            Timbo59 was asking KC to give specifics, not questioning the word. See the arrow next to his/her username. Shows who he/she replied to.

        • Tarah Pyka

          actually it is moderated, and is extremely useful

          • Derrick

            If you use wikipedia for facts, you are seriously misguided.

          • Jordan

            Many things on Wikipedia are actually sourced and provide links to sources. You are seriously misguided because you clearly have never used Wikipedia.

          • Guest

            Though I will agree for academic work it should not be cited or is not corrected. I have to find the link but in a recent study conducted the accuracy rate on a random selection of 200 subjects on Wikipedia the information was found to be slightly more accurate then Encyclopedia Britannica which is commonly accepted as a reliable source.

          • Larry Runge

            Though I agree for academic work it should not be cited. In a recent study and sampling of 200 subjects on Wikipedia it was found to be slightly more accurate then Encyclopedia Britannica a commonly accepted source.

          • Lori Koonce

            Because it is crowd edited, one can never be sure if what you are reading is fact or not. Use it to get basic information, but not as a primary source.

        • rgibby7

          Try to contribute something inaccurate to a wiki page and see what happens.

          • timbo59

            Sorry, but I’ve actually tried correcting them on some apocryphal details they cite on some of their pages and they refuse to accept them.

          • It depends on how carefully particular pages are watched. You’re right that some of them are as accurate as Faux News, but, generally, Wikipedia is a good place to go for a sanity check (though not deep research).

          • Guest

            Ladies and gentlemen, thank you to Laurie for illustrating why Wikipedia and “crowd editing/moderating” is NOT an accurate source.

          • Van

            I’ve jacked up my own wikipedia profile and those of friends (with their permission) – it’s hysterical to see the inaccurate information get cited by people who don’t double check wikipedia!! 😀

        • It’s useful for finding sources. They have this cool thing called “References” at the bottom of each page. I agree that people take it at face value too often. It’s a symptom of the information overload in today’s day and age…

      • David

        Did you actually even look at the link you provided? There’s no way you can compare the late-70’s with what’s been going on the past 15 years (since Columbine, really). Most of the stuff in the seventies (except for the girl who just set up sniper practice across the street and inspired “I Don’t Like Mondays”) were generally isolated incidents involving what seemed to be a single particular target.

        • Linquel

          Two of first items in the list are the National Guard shooting up Kent State and police shooting student protesters. Like David said, it’s not the same. I wonder how skewed that “second most violent period” statement is due to violence against student protests during the Vietnam War.

          • Also it was the ’70s and early ’80s when you started to see metal detectors at inner city schools, as guns proliferated in the cities and turf wars broke out.

          • knarf714

            Don’t forget the violence of the student protests, blowing up school and other public buildings…

        • Christopher S. Johnson

          U.S. murder was worse in the late 70’s 80’s 90s compared to now according to the FBI. The recent mentally ill school shootings are horrible but they do not begin to make up for over all murder rates dropping like a brick.

        • George Armstrong

          I think someone missed the “[citation needed]” part of that statement.

        • Greg Miller

          I blame the media for inadvertently glamorizing the killer by broadcasting nonstop after one of there incidents.

      • Greg Davis

        Funny how “school shootings” is a term only used to describe those incidents that occur in suburban, WHITE schools. I mean, it’s not like schools made up mostly of minorities, mainly black for that matter, have not had this very issue for decades.

        But, that was no big deal until it hit white America. Am I right?

        • TimT9999

          Good Greg. Play the race card about a comic article. Personally I think if someone killed 20 black second graders it would be seen as a similar outrage in this country. Many people don’t care if gang-bangers kill each other. But any killing of innocent kids is recognized for what it is, a tragedy. And if you can’t see that, it says more about your own racial preconceptions than about our country.

          • Greg Davis

            Actually, Tim, it’s not “the race card”, just the truth. Inner city schools were dealing with school violence, including gun violence, in the 60’s and 70’s. That early. No one batted an eye in the rest of the country though. As soon as Columbine happened however, it was a different story.

            I’m the last person that would use race as an excuse, hell, I’m white/cherokee, but this is just a fact. A simple truth that people like you don’t want to accept. It is not a “preconception”. Now what does that say about you?

          • TimT9999

            You really don’t get the difference, do you. You are comparing apples and oranges and your particular soapbox mindset doesn’t allow you to even see my basic point.

            Let me make it as clear as I can. The kind of inner city violence you’re referring to was typically one kid getting into a fight with another. Maybe gang related, maybe just two guys with anger issues. Maybe one kid bullying another. And maybe one of them knifes or shoots the other and their friends get involved.

            The Columbine or Sandy Hook violence isn’t personal. It’s not a fight that gets out of hand. It is one or two people with major psychotic issues that plan a mass murder of people they don’t even know. They amass a stock of high powered weapons and kill as many people as they can. With Sandy Hook, the victims were 7 and 8 year olds.

            How can you not see the difference? Come on Greg. Roaming the halls looking for 8 year olds to kill is just different. And please don’t tell me that you don’t have any preconceptions or mindset. Whites (and yes, even Cherokees) have mindsets that can get in the way of acknowledging the value of another person’s point of view.

          • GiGi

            Greg’s indoctrinated thought process won’t allow him to see anything but what has been spoon fed for decades. The differences are quite obvious. Unfortunately though, the 30 under crowd just doesn’t get it. I fear when they actually have to fend for themselves in the future, unless they have been taught “actual” life skills and by that, I mean NOT a useless video game forte….then the next world catastrophe will swallow them up.

          • Jordan

            I think you’re close-minded and ignorant. Many people of the under 30 working force right now (including myself) own properties, have investments, are working on technologies and theories every day adding value to their lives and their communities. Many people in my generation can use technology for much more than sitting in a “video game forte”, as you so aptly decided what every millennial uses a computer for, and apply it to the real world. Perhaps that’s something you’ll never understand, GiGi. Just because you know a few apathetic 20-somethings does not indicate what a generation encompasses. My generation is about life-balance, which is something else you may never understand. I sincerely hope you haven’t or will never reproduce.

          • TheRajLOSAngeles

            Is there a point to your self love fest? You call everyone stupid, but you haven’t necessarily provided any evidence of any of your intelligence. I mean, you’re telling us how smart you are, but other than a few generalizations, opinions, and compliments to yourself, you haven’t said anything.

          • ishmael2009

            Well done for adding another layer of stereotyping to the discussion. If someone had said “Unfortunately, women just don’t get it. I fear when they actually have to fend for themselves” how would you respond to that? Come on, stop generalising.

          • ishmael2009

            Not taking sides here Tim, but starting a comment with “you just don’t get it” makes you sound shrill and unbalanced.

          • TimT9999

            Ishmael, I agree with you in part. I got frustrated because Greg suggested that the random one-on-one violence in schools was essentially the same as the mass killings of innocent kids with automatic weapons as we saw at Columbine or Sandy Hook.

            I shouldn’t have gotten frustrated. But of course he didn’t seem to grasp what is a fairly simple point — let alone respond to the core element of my argument. I’ve always thought that if we are unable to respond to the other person’s core insights then it’s no longer a discussion, it’s someone on a soapbox.

            I try (not always successfully) to respond to another person’s insights point for point. And if you look at the posts I’ve made, you’ll notice that I generally keep things respectful. The one thing I always try to do is avoid making personal attacks–like calling someone shrill or unbalanced. But as you might have noticed, sometimes that’s hard to do 😉

          • Jeff Blanks

            It goes back earlier than Columbine; disaffected white kids were shooting up their classes (well, first themselves in school, then their classes) years earlier than that. It was even already a meme years before Columbine; just think of the video for Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”, from their first album.

          • EV

            You realize that the “race card” isn’t a real thing, right? It’s a way for white people to lazily write off a person of color talking about race in a way that they don’t like. Or really, for talking about race at all. When you begin an argument with the word “race card,” you’re just signaling to rational people that whatever’s coming next is going to be kind of ridiculous. In that way, it’s actually quite handy.

          • evianalmighty

            Actually you are very much mistaken. The race card is real and has been so over played since obama was elected that it now has no meaning. The number of times the MSM ha called every white person a racist is so out of hand that no one cares. An elementary school group wanted to act like the village people. They were not allowed as it is racist. I think that is an affront to gays.

          • EV

            “The race card is real because Obama and the media.” Yeah, you are really disproving my point here. 😀

          • pokinsmot

            You realize that just because you say it isn’t a real thing, doesn’t make it not a real thing right?

          • EV

            It’s not a real thing. It’s like the Easter bunny for dumb white people. An imaginary friend to help them understand things in a way that’s a bit easier for them. And, like I said, an easy way to let everyone else know not to listen to the rest of your sentence.

          • Annoyed

            Do any of you even know when the term “the race card” really became a staple in American households? Who remembers the O.J. trial?? Well, some of you on here probably were not even born yet but l digress. Johnnie Cochran said he played “the race card” in attempt to paint Mark Furman as a racist due to his use of the n-word on occasion. and thus the term “the race card” came to be, of course it has been twisted back and forth between black and white alike when it is needed so to speak. Now for those about to go Google crazy on what I just typed let me make it clear that I am NOT saying Johnnie Cochran “invented” the phrase simply that he and the whole Simpson trial being blasted through every TV caused it to become a common term. Now moving on, Greg what you said is exactly what “playing the race card” is. Why you felt the need to go there makes no sense seeing as how you are not exactly black or white (yes I know all races can be used in the whole race card thing) meaning you made that comment in order to get attention and nothing more. EV as for you, the race card is real and it is not a “lazy white people” thing. Perhaps you should read the first part of my rant again. If you are not old enough to to who Johnnie Cochran is then let me point something very important about him that makes it relevant to my argument…….he is black. That being said it really kind of makes what you said, well ignorant. Next up the whole “Obama” name throwing….While I am not a fan of Obama I have to say that I am tired of people blaming him for things that are just well, ridiculous. “I got a sunburn today cause Obama said we should not use sunblock.” Yes, my sarcasm was a bit absurd but so are some of the things I am hearing people blame him for, which was the point of my sarcastic statement. This whole article was about things some of us remember as kids and was quite amusing and then some of you went WAY askew. I don’t understand why people today feel the need to just complain about EVERYTHING. We can’t just read something amusing like this article without posting something negative just to start confrontation, it is like a bad drug habit that people are extremely addicted to and can’t kick. Rant over.

          • John Cross

            very well stated, I can still remember my family doctor coming in to stitch me up with a camel no-filter hanging out of his mouth!!! LOL

          • Van

            And EV plays the race card. :p

        • Guest

          Seriously?

          • Leah Doughty

            nice!

        • DBirch

          Oh shut up with your race shit

      • Dennis Ray Wingo

        Well hell we had to do something to survive that damn peanut farmer!

      • GreyWolf62

        Violence was a daily occurrence at my inner-city Baltimore school, but that pales in comparison to what children are facing daily at the best schools. We can and must do better.

      • CK

        I think the biggest difference is that we hear about it and very quickly now. Back then, we either didn’t hear about it, or it was certainly not so quick. Then again, we didn’t have 24-hour news channels having to search for “news” to ram down our (parents’) throats. 🙂

      • oh brother…….

      • Lynda Leigh Moes Johnson

        @ ridesunvalley –Good thing you’re using Wikipedia for your reference on school shootings, I thought you might be using an unreliable site that can be altered by anyone . . . Oh wait . . . That is Wikipedia!!! Seriously????

    • Lisa

      I remember getting splinters on my thighs from those see saws. Fun times!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        Me too!

      • MeAndJuliaDownByTheSchoolYard

        My kids got ’em in a little town in Mexico a couple of years ago 🙂

    • Barbara Craker

      ha! there were several guns at the school incidents in my middle school…no one got shot, no one got arrested, except Buddy did one time, I think…but don’t be fooled…Sandy Hook was a hoax…those kids aren’t even dead…there are photos of them alive…look it up…

      • steviebhoy

        Cuckoo Cuckoo

      • Colleen Proudler

        Stop it and shut up. Those children are most certainly not alive and you are a sick, twisted piece of garbage to say otherwise. Those are people’s sons and daughters. You want to debate guns fine, but SHUT THE HELL up with your paranoid delusional conspiracy theory. It is hateful and ignorant.

        • Laura B

          It was a hoax, a drill made to appear their were deaths. Most of the adults were hired actors. They appear at many of these staged events. The school was not even being used, it had been closed for years. No busses, no medvac, no ambulances. No bodies brought out. Obama was trying to freak everyone out so he could push his gun control. If any adults died, they died at the hands of Obama’s cronies who staged all of it. Do some research and you will find for yourself the truth. There are a few parents out there who said someone took their child’s picture from the internet and displayed it as one of the children who supposedly died. Everyone in that town are not allowed to discuss anything, I was stunned when I first saw the news about the shootings, but as time went on and more and more people were finding evidence of it being a hoax. There was a little boy who stated he was told they were just having a drill at that school and was told not to be scared. So our government is capable of doing anything they want and making us believe something bad happened just to get a point across. Obama is evil.

          • Helen Wood

            Pack of lies, only believed by idiots. The story of a hoax is itself a hoax by perverts who want to keep murder weapons at home.

          • Leah Doughty

            this was a joke. a silly article. chill out everyone. please. THIS is why I miss the 70’s:)

          • Colleen Proudler

            Listen you twisted freak, I grew up there…..it happened, it was real, and you are a sad, sick, misguided person who clearly needs intensive psychological help. It frightens me to my very soul that people such as yourself are allowed to walk the streets.

          • Annoyed

            While I do NOT agree with Laura’s opinion on the “Sandy Hook Hoax” you can not exactly call her a “freak” or “sick” or even a “pervert” (really Helen Wood…….pervert?) because she is entitled to her opinion on the whole matter. I know many people who believe the same thing as she does and I assure you they are none of those descriptive words you chose to use. Let’s say, for example, you are atheist and I am a devout Christian and I call you “a sad, sick, misguided person who clearly needs intensive psychological help” simply because you don’t believe in God and I do. That doesn’t make you any of those things, it would simply be my opinion. Before you rant let me just say that I do not think it was a hoax and I am neither an atheist or a devout Christian and I was not knocking any of that or preaching it, I was simply using those as relatable examples.

          • Bimmerman

            Evidence trumps opinion every time. Barbara/Laura are allowed their opinions as long as they are prepared to admit that they are idiots for misinforming without evidence.

          • Karblaze

            Where are you from Colleen. I was born & raised in Newtown!

          • Teddi

            cite your B.S. laura….don’t use Brietbart or Alex Jones or Faux news. PROVE YOUR PSYCHOTIC BABBLING.

          • Jordan

            You are so god damned delusional. You’re an awful human being if you discredit any of the pain and torture those families went through losing children. I fucking hope you never reproduce, you fucking halfwit.

          • Karblaze

            Screw you too Laura B!!!! You are as sick as Babara Cracker!!

          • Name

            Laura and Barbara–and I’m sure you don’t believe in the moon landing or the Holocaust either, Right?

      • jeremy_hh

        Please tell me you’re trolling.
        You can’t really be that f**king stupid.

      • Nils Breckoff

        it is my sincere hope that you can neither vote nor reproduce.

      • Jeff Blanks

        OF COURSE there are photos of them alive. They were taken WHEN THEY WERE ALIVE. For cryin’ out loud…

      • Helen Wood

        That’s a hoax by the gun lobby, airhead! They died and they died horrifically. Then sick perverts who were afraid their guns were going to be taken away started faking photos of some of the dead, because that’s how low they will sink.

      • Teddi

        Barbara, try telling that to the parents of Sandy Hook kids. Just once I wish one of you looney tune conspiracy dorks would say that in front of a parent who has lost a child to gun violence.

      • F.Jaime

        That is disgraceful and offensive to the parents of the children. You should be ashamed of yourself!

      • TheRajLOSAngeles

        yeah Barbara, and take your IRS conspiracies with you too!!!! The emails were lost!!!! It happens!!! Obama is the best President we’ve had, ever!!! The Middle East loves us, the economy’s doing great, people are working, what’s wrong with you teabaggers?!

      • Karblaze

        Barbara Cracker, you sick whack job!!! I am from Newtown! I was in town a couple of days after the massacre. Funerals everywhere. Cemeteries blocked off from the public and the media by State and town police and even FBI agents. Hearses & funeral processions all over town! Sandy Hook school was the first school I attended. I had family in the school at the time of the shooting! I had a friend that was teaching there at the time and a good friend of mine’s grandson was in there! The POS that did the shooting lived in a McMansion that was built on land that use to be my family’s farm and was right behind the house I was born in. I found that out because I went out to see the old homestead and went past the road named after my family “Bresson Farm Rd” (the sign had been removed because that’s where the media was camped out when it first happened) and I came upon several cop cars, media and crime scene tape wrapped around the trees on the property that use to be the woods where my father, uncles, cousins and older bothers hunted deer. IT EFFING HAPPENED YOU SICK BIATCH! Keep that foul tin foil hat BS to yourself! You, I hesitate to even call you “people” make me feel like I’m going to puke every time I see you spew your demented idiocy! STFU! GET HELP you sicko!
        BTW – They were 1st graders. Mostly 6 and some 7 year olds! May those beautiful babies rest in peace. I don’t believe in an afterlife and I sure hope there isn’t one for those 20 babies and the 6 educators that died trying to protect them can’t know that there are A-HOLES like you spewing your sick, demented filth of denial about what they went through before LOSING ALL OF THEIR LIVES!!!

    • pam112251

      or shooting up in schools

    • timbo59

      Oh, the old ‘bail out from the see-saw’ trick, eh? Makes you wonder that half the kids in the world from back then aren’t walking around with spinal injuries! Come to think of it, I do have mild scoliosis…hmmmmm!

    • Melanie Miday-Stern

      I both front top teeth on a see saw in Kindergarten!

    • Roger Emmerick

      oh yea i almost had my ankle broke in first grade because there wasn’t even a handle on the see saw at school and u had to wrap ur legs under to hold on and when my buddy jumped off well i wasn’t fast enough but i survived and got over it and they didn’t send me home they just had me sit in my seat and finish the day including walking to the lunch room.

    • Autumn

      LOL Your seesaw story reminds me of one my mom used to tell about how she was on a date with my dad (and somehow her younger brother was around) and she was talked into riding a seesaw at the park with her brother, who proceeded to jump off & cause poor mom to bruise her thigh…and yeah that was probably 1972 or whatever.

      Also, the other park equipment, the metal bobbing duck/elephant/horse on a spring, along with the metal jungle gym…yeah I remember that well from my childhood as well, from the park & the school playground. Merry-go-rounds, jungle gyms, parallel bars, ladders, a pinning saucer/dish thing, etc. all available and usually just on grass or stuck in blacktop…and now almost all entirely replaced in the past 20 yrs or so with wooden structures or metal & plastic ones.

    • Rdhddramaqn

      Omg I remember playing on one with my brother which was very high. He got off with me up at the very top…well…I went straight down and almost cracked my tailbone…that was so painful!!! I don’t think my mom did anything lol Those were the days

    • Guest

      There were 24 school shootings in the US during the 1970’s; leaving 32 people dead and approximately 48 wounded.

    • Sweet Dahlia Brown

      Wow, what a shallow, insensitive comment. A) People were shooting up schools. B) I don’t think that has anything to do with see-saws, you idiot.

      But yeah, congratulations on making it further in life than all those murdered children. You must have done some mighty fine playin’!

    • Laura

      Do you know there weren’t school shootings? Or we just didn’t have widespread 24/7 media telling us allllllll the crap from every area outside our tri-county? 😉

    • takurospirit

      Well everyone didn’t survive. That is why the safety precautions, sometimes ridiculous, took over. Though I fondly tell my kids after I strap them into their car seats that I used to stand up in the back seat and lean on the center console while my mom and aunt were in the front and driving around so I could talk and be heard. It’s a good memory. Luckily my mom never had to slam on the breaks at high speeds and send me through the windshield.

    • The see-saw was always horrible. Either some jerk was banging your butt on the ground, or complaining about how you banged their butt on the ground. Eventually I learned the whole point was to balance. Weird idea for a kids plaything.

  • susan r

    the reason we didn’t wear sunscreen was that we hadn’t made giant holes in the ozone layer yet. Still my grandfather got skin cancer from the sun reflecting off a tractor all day.

    • Bimmerman

      The main factors for melanoma ( and other skin cancers) are UV exposure and genetics. Exposure increase occurs due to occupation (working outdoors e.g. farming) and lifestyle (tanning). Australia is experiencing a bit of a melanoma crisis, mainly due to a predominantly lighter skinned population immigrating to a hot climate and adopting an “outdoors” lifestyle. There’s a very good reason why the aborignal people have darker skin tone.
      The ozone hole is only relevant to New Zealand where, although diminished, it can still impact on UV exposure levels in some regions.
      For reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanoma

      (Edited for grammar)

      • richcreamerybutter

        No, the ozone hole was relevant to everyone. If you look at UV photos of people in their 30s and 40s compared to previous generations, you’ll see almost identical UVB damage. Thankfully we’re in the process of reversing the ozone depletion.

        • Bimmerman

          Hi RCB, you’re right; I was confusing ozone mid-latitude depletion with polar depletion. The former was relevant to the UK, the latter less so (although may be relevant to the US and parts of Australasia). Both depletions have been recognised since before the 1970s, but the lowest levels appear to be during the 1980s and 1990s. Occupation-related melanoma (correlating with time spent outside working in the sun) has been recognised for a long time. It is our more recent habit of tanning through foreign holidays, salons and emigration which has caused a more recent increase in melanoma incidence in a new demographic.

    • Nita

      If they had sunscreen back then, my mom would have soaked me in it, daily. I’m (was) a ginger and I would look like a lobster for most of the summer.

      • Guest

        I’m a redhead and my mom soaked me in as much as she could find. I remember when 4 came out- She let my blonde sisters have the “2” but she slathered me in 4. Then when 6 came out- OH BOY! The protection! 15 came out when I was in late high school and I remember thinking it was some sort of over the top freakzaoid sunscreen. I was always so annoyed…but the one time I let it go at the beach, I got the worst blistering/cracking sunburn ever. And I will say this….my over the top sun loving friends’ facial skin is a bit more leathered/wrinkly now than my ginger white over the top protected skin.

  • Lisa Stetler Insana

    Is it a bad thing that kids are safer today? I mean come one. The second hand smoke thing? It’s more dangerous for someone than actually smoking themselves. I have COPD to prove it.

    • FisherofTruth
      • Kevmo

        From your own link:

        “The study doesn’t cover the many other ill effects of breathing somebody else’s cigarette smoke, of course, which include asthma and possibly cardio-pulmonary disease.”

        Gee, maybe cancer isn’t the only potential problem? You should have read the story.

        • FisherofTruth

          just reread the article. i didn’t see anything in the article about it causing asthma. and if you already had asthma you should avoid areas with smoke. I also didn’t see anything about the 76,000 person study suggesting potential cardio-pulmonary disease.

          i would much rather live in a society without seat belt, with lots of trans-fats, some second hand smoke, exciting playgrounds, and unprotected sex. this super protective society we live in is getting more nanny-ish all the time. thank God, vegans haven’t banned meat.

          • Lisa Stetler Insana

            Kevmo pulled that quote right out of the article. It can indeed cause asthma. And people with asthma should have a right to go out to public places and not wind up breathless. Thank God for public smoking bans.

          • FisherofTruth

            ok saw the sentence. went to epa website where they made the claim second-hand smoke could cause asthma but sited no reference material. I then went to the cdc website on second-hand smoke and they had much the same info as the epa but in their big list of bad things second-hand smoke does they did not have ‘can cause cancer.’ if you can provide a link with scientific data showing a direct causal link between second-hand smoke and the creation of asthma in individuals i would appreciate it.

            and, no, society as a whole should not have to bend over for peanut allergy people, or asthma people or whatever minority you are in. they have no ‘right’ to special treatment. they should take steps to prepare themselves for the environment or avoid the environment.

    • Ed Browning

      The COPD is probably from the aerosol hair spray. I highly doubt that second hand smoke did it unless you shotgunned the smoke.

      • Lisa Stetler Insana

        I highly doubt that I have COPD from aerosol hairspray considering the fact that I don’t, nor have I ever, used aerosol hair spray. I did, however, live with two chain smokers for 12 years. Two and a half cartons a week between the two of them. My daughter had constant ear infections. Magically, once I left, no more ear infections. I kind of think my doctor, a pulmonary specialist, knows what she is talking about.

        • FisherofTruth

          your story is anecdotal. i could cite hundreds of people from my home town who grew up surrounded by chain smokers in closed environments. and, yes, kids are too safe these days. we are creating generations of wussies unprepared for a tough world

          • sony2005

            This is the problem: ignorance. You think data on second hand smoke is made up? There are hundreds of scientific studies showing this. Please educate yourself!

          • FisherofTruth

            it is not ignorance. i am probably better educated than you. i think a healthy human body can deal effectively with the tiny bit of crap in second-hand smoke. and i do believe most people who set about testing second-hand smoke go into it with the goal of finding it bad. there are semi-dangerous things all around us. i do not want people forcing me to wear seat belts or motorcycle helmets or bike helmets, or stopping places from using beef fat to make fries, etc. etc. when i hear of towns removing monkeybars or teeter totters cause they are too dangerous i want to hit somebody in the head. the kid with the peanut allergy shoudl avoid the school cafeteria. they shouldn’t ban all the other kids from bringing peanut butter sandwiches to school.

            oh yeah, and quit putting safety warning on everything. do i need to know to not use a hair dryer in the shower?

          • timbo59

            No, but ultimately it’s you and others that pay, through increased premiums and costs, when some idiot turns around and sues because no one told him not to iron his shirt while he was wearing it.

          • FisherofTruth

            i also like the large scale study i posted.

            people used to freak out about cholesterol in eggs and many people still avoid the ‘scary’ yolks. even when the facts came out that eggs aren’t really bad for you, it was too late, the false scary info had become accepted as ‘fact’

          • mcpierogipazza

            You’re the one with anecdotal evidence. Lisa is right, and there is a ton of research to back her up.

          • FisherofTruth

            the large scale study i posted was not anecdotal

    • J. Longstreet

      Everyone in my family smoked when I was growing up, except one of my grandmas. All of my friends’ parents smoked, too. Many of my friends began smoking in H.S. (which was allowed, you just had to do it out on the loading dock with the teachers whose classrooms were too far away from the teacher’s lounge to grab a smoke there during the passing period). I smoked from age 15-35. To my knowledge, none of us have lung diseases like you ended up with. Either you got it from something else or you’ve got a really weak immune system.

      • Lisa Stetler Insana

        I do not have a weak immune system and an immune system is for fighting off bugs, not toxins breathed into your lungs. You must have lucked out. My ex father in law smoked for about 10 years. In his 60’s they discovered scarring in his lungs from smoking and stage four lung cancer. I can’t believe in this day and age people are still defending smoking. I also think my doctor knows more than you do. I have scarring in my lungs. She can’t believe that I’ve never smoked in my life but only lived with two chain smokers for 12 years.

        • Brian

          Nobody is defending smoking. But nobody is buying your ridiculous exaggerations either.

    • Kaylee6

      I think the author makes the point, especially on that, it’s a *good* thing we are taking steps not to expose children to second-hand smoke. But with all of the smoking that was going on, it’s surprising that the majority of us *don’t* have serious pulmonary diseases.

    • Brian

      From the American Lung Association: “moking, a main cause of small cell and non-small cell lung cancer,
      contributes to 80 percent and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in women
      and men, respectively. Men who smoke are 23 times more likely to develop
      lung cancer. Women are 13 times more likely, compared to never smokers.”

      Secondhand smoke is nowhere near as dangerous as actual smoking.

  • Danny Wade

    One wonders how kids who were raised under these conditions grew up to be so overprotective.

    • J. Longstreet

      That’s actually a pretty good observation, Danny. I’m not sure the GenX crowd is the ones treating kids like they’re made of glass. The ’70s was my time of kidhood and most everyone my age has grandchildren now. Mine are H.S. & college and we were right on the edge of all this bike helmet, car seat, sunscreen craze. My kids never wore bike helmets and then the older they got they were more and more the minority of kids. I think all this overprotective nannyism started in the mid-late ’90s. I’d guess.

      • Vicki

        “bike helmet, car seat, sunscreen craze.” Ahh yes, head trauma, death from car accidents and melanoma are all such a ‘craze’

        • J. Longstreet

          That’s not what I said. I feel sorry for you. Your ignorant smugness in your comments are embarrassing and you don’t even seem to know it.

          • Rosey P

            That’s because she looks like she’s about 20. Give it about a decade and few kids later and see if she still has the same smug undertone.

        • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

          No one is saying that. We’re just laughing at how different our lives were back then.

        • Evgeny Shamo

          You can’t control everything.

      • Sophie

        This article brings back great memories, although I
        do believe there can be a 75/25 happy medium: 75% childhood of the 70s/25% improvement over the last decade. On a side note, J. Longstreet, Did you and your
        children marry AND have children when you/they were 18? Otherwise, I’m
        not sure how you were a kid in the 70s and now have grandkids in
        college. Puzzling.

        • Jeff Blanks

          I’m afraid we’ll wind up keeping all the wrong things and getting rid of all the wrong things, pretty much like we’ve been doing for the past few decades.

      • Sophie

        This article brings back great memories, although I
        do believe there can be a 75/25 happy medium: 75% childhood of the
        70s/25% improvement over the last decades. On a side note, J. Longstreet,
        Did you and your
        children marry AND have children when you/they were 18? Otherwise, I’m
        not sure how you were a kid in the 70s and now have grandkids in
        college. Puzzling.

        • J. Longstreet

          No, my kids are in H.S. & college. 🙂 No grandkids yet. But a fair amount of my contemporaries have grandkids now. I only mention that because the original commenter mentioned that Generation Xers are overprotecting our kids. I was just pointing out the GenX is almost entirely past the having little kids stage of life. Maybe the Millenials?

        • roseba

          I was born in 1970 and have a 9 year old. I could have easily had kids when I was in my 20’s, even early 20’s and have elementary aged grand kids. Some of my old classmates do. It is possible.

          I love the part of the cigarettes. I told my daughter it was everywhere and people passing by would constantly burn us children. (Now she gets knocked into, but at least the people don’t have cigarrettes in their hands.)

          I’m absolutely baffled why I see some teens trying out smoking. I can understand my generation getting into it, because it really was EVERYWHERE, but before we graduated JHS we knew it was terrible for you. Dial up two generations later, and it just makes me shake my head in disbelief. Heck, it’s been banned in public places since I was in college.

        • Katgirl

          I was born in 1965, started kindergarten in 1970. I teach preschool, in my experience it’s the parents of kids who are now in 3-6th grades that did the mist freaking out about everything, we seem to be coming back to a more common sense approach. That said, I have also changed to a rural school district, parents here don’t seem to lose it over cuts and scrapes like they did when I taught in an affluent suburb of a large city.

      • Jeff Blanks

        Right–when the ’70s kids were at their peak of having small-to-medium-sized kids of their own.

    • mothra1

      See my response above, Danny….. yes, it sucks, but we literally have different societal norms and expectations, legal ramifications for the simplest mistakes, etc….

  • Cathy Kifer

    Many generations of children survived many a family gathering where Jarts were played and beer flowed like water and no one was blinded, impaled or otherwise maimed, beyond an occasional adult hangover. I recently bought a set of Jarts on eBay in pristine condition- in the original packaging. The tradition lives on!

    • Jim

      Wow you should really get your facts right before you sound off. Ebay does not allow the sale of jarts, they are banned from resale and manufacture by the federal govt as well. And there are confirmed deaths and impalement’s by jarts.

      • J. Longstreet

        I believe you about ebay. But I’m not sure jarts are “banned by the federal government”. I’m pretty sure that’s an urban myth. I’ll check it out, though.

        • Carnwennan

          I have two sets, one are actual Jarts® and the other a Sears® knockoff. The sale of them is not banned by the government, but the products were recalled and resale is discouraged. The most frequent victims of Jarts were family pets attempting to chase and catch.

          • J. Longstreet

            Good info! Thanks for the note. And I suppose it makes sense that there were more injuries to family pets than to people. Sad to read, but makes sense.

          • Katgirl

            We tried to sell a set on eBay that we found in my aunts basement when she died. eBay pulled the auction and notified us that they cannot be sold in any way in the US.

  • KingLarry

    I never saw no Mom on my block like the one with the kids on the bikes!

  • ohh… thank you for the memories!!

  • Chris Byers

    jarts. Yes. My ex wifes brother threw one straight up and it impaled itself in the top of his head. He had to be rushed to the hospital. He lived.

    • FisherofTruth

      did you take a picture?

  • Andrew Roling

    I waver on stuff like this.

    Some of the negligence and lack of forethought during decades like the 70’s went too far, but then again, today, helicopter parents and bubble wrap parents sometimes go too far, too.

    • Barbara Finger

      sometimes parents go too far today – I would hate to be a kid today or have my kids today – grandkids are different as I am not in control – but I told my kids ‘go out and play’ – no going in and out the door – ride your bikes and no helmet – helmets were considered for sissy’s – my son had a bb gun and did manage to shoot his sister in the stomach but it just bounced off and hit the ground – they and I had slip ‘n slides and water wiggles – they walked to the bus stop and waited for the bus with the other kids – no I did not walk them that block except in kinder – they stayed alone if we weren’t able to be there and if they didn’t act right in public they went and sat in the car – we all survived

  • Renee Martin

    LOL, my apartments have 2 of those old, “hazardous” metal playgrounds. There are even the old metal 20′, break you arm if you fall, slides. Of course there is no safety cage on top like new slides. And they are fast!

    When the kids here aren’t playing on the playgrounds, they are climbing the trees, roaming unattended in groups, having water fights, and biking and skateboarding (most do wear helmets, its state law for the under 15).

    While I don’t miss all the smoking, and prefer seat belts, there IS a lot we could learn from looking back. The idea of risk for reward is pretty much ignored by the “safety by all means necessary” crowd. My kids are very small, but still do lots of things considered dangerous, like Parkour, BMX, rock climbing, swimming. They learn a lot from it, even though there is a real risk of injury.

    • maudelynn13

      I remember horror stories about the monkey bars above asphalt. I seem to recall, vaguely, someone from my neighborhood cracking open her head and dying, or being seriously injured. It was a long time ago.

      • David Goodwin

        I knew a boy who fell off a monkey bar thing (they were wet) and bit his tongue open. I think it was quite a serious wound as soon after all the local schools had their monkey bars removed 🙁

  • punstress

    So true! Anybody remember click-clacks? Supposedly the clacking balls could shatter and put an eye out. I remember wondering what all the fuss was about, I just wanted them!

    • FisherofTruth

      at first they were made of glass and one or two stupid kids did smash them and get hurt. then they started making them out of super hard plastic. which turned out could also shatter. then they went to a different material and by then nobody wanted click-clacks anymore

  • Jeffrey Dean

    It’s insane how over protective things have gotten. In my opinion it’s all
    part of pushing the nanny state agenda and conditioning an entire
    generation of kids that being constantly controlled and observed is the
    norm. I mean, it’s literally illegal to do these things today. We are
    figuratively suffocating our kids and then wondering why the new
    generations have absolutely no concept of things like privacy rights or
    proper independence.

    • J. Longstreet

      Well-stated. Kudos.

    • RobSiegmund

      If the agenda is to push the nanny state then this is a very sane strategy. You can’t sell nanny statehood to brave people, you need to find fearful people. Once you do, they’ll buy your regulations by the bushel.

      Hell, once you get them going, they’ll even call brave folk stupid for “clinging” to their freedom. Didn’t some smart guy once say something about nothing to fear other than fear itself? He was on to something.

    • roseba

      It’s not the nanny state, it’s the litigious state. It’s all about lawyers and getting sued.

  • robingee

    “Sun BLOCK or sun SCREEN was basically nonexistent. You wanted to AMPLIFY your rays, so women typically lathered on Crisco and baby oil to get that deep baked look.”

    And that’s why a lot of us have melanoma now. As things progress we figure out ways to not die or be injured.

    • mcpierogipazza

      And I remember the older women who tanned and smoked to the point of having faces that looked like catcher’s mitts. Like the little old lady in “There’s Something About Mary.”

  • mojorisin73

    The millennial generation will never know the fun we gen xrs had growing up.

  • Jim

    Truth! LOL

  • Kaylee6

    What about the giant trenches under the swings, from hundreds of kids using their feet to stop? Not my feet…because my standard method of getting off the swings was to jump off whilst at the top of an arc. My grandmother saw me do that and practically had a coronary. (Dad said “Well, if she busts an ankle, then she’ll stop doing it.”)

    • Jim Snyder

      I have a friend who recently felt she was the worst Mom in the world because her kid got splashed while waiting for the bus from a car going through a puddle. I think the kid will back up next time and be better prepared for the world from the experience.

    • timbo59

      Hey, you must be my long lost sibling! I used to love doing that! My other favourite was trying to see how far up I could make the swing go without killing myself- usually at the point where the pendulum effect would stop and you’d simply start crashing down vertically!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        The girls next door and I would swing high enough to make the swing set legs start jumping out of the ground. One day the swing set totally collapsed all around us. No more swing set.

  • Cannw

    I grew up running barefoot all over the neighborhood with my friends. Rode mini-bikes barefoot. Drank water from hoses and the water fountains at the park.. Petted many neighborhood dogs and probably did not always was my hands before I ate a snack. – Always before meals though. I climbed trees and fell out of them and miraculously did not break anything. Remember slip n slide? Yea… No seat belts and leaded gasoline. No car seats in the backseats and lots of smoking. Somehow, I survived to be quite healthy. I think of my grandparents and great grandparents who I had the pleasure of spending lots of time with as i grew up. And they all had long lives to almost one hundred and none of them were vegan or vegetarian. Biscuits and gravy were served regularly at breakfast along with bacon eggs and toast with real butter. Biscuits were made with Crisco (lard). We all ate food from the grocery store. I have often wondered why my grandparents and great grandparents lived so long if everything was so bad.

  • Brian Katcher

    Every generation thinks they were the last to take risks and the first to have sex. My father’s generation said this about me, my daughter will be saying this about my grandkids one day. It’s a rite of passage when you get…OLD.

  • Steve Mills

    The only people who need helmets when riding bikes are people who race them or maybe those who ride in city traffic. Little kids whose heads are closer to the ground when they’re riding a bike are more at risk when they’re walking than when riding a bike.

    • Bimmerman

      If you bother to ask at your local Neurosurgery Unit, you’ll find it’s speed of impact and impact area whcih dictate the amount of brain damage. Yes, you can trip up, hit your head on the kerb and suffer major neurotrauma (seen it happen). Equally, on a bike you can fall off and get away with a dose of gravel rash (done it). However, the faster you are travelling and the less protection you have, the more likely you are to injure the brain. The most frequent trauma customers at the above mentioned Neurosurgery Unit are drunk people falling down the stairs, horse riders (those helmets aren’t the best design when falling off dobbin) and cyclists involved in RTCs. We can’t do much about the drunk people, but we can educate/inform cyclists and horse riders and save a few lives in the process. If you look at a modern car you can see how much engineering has gone in to saving lives and you can quantify how many additional lives have been saved by that engineering. Equally, you can legislate for safety measures (e.g. motorcycle helmets and car seat belts) and do the same. I’ll happily accept some education and even some legislation if it improves my chances (although I would like to have access to any evidence that the latter is based on, since legislators are like journalists, generally useless).

      • MarkD

        So the neighbor kid shooting an arrow straight up in the air was probably not a good idea? This was the fifties. It didn’t matter, the Russians were going to nuke us all anyway.

        It was “go out and play, come back when the street lights are on.” Mom and dad did care.

  • Edward Bliss

    Today kids have counseling and hotlines for bullying. Back in the 70s we just dealt with the problem ourselves…with our two fists! End of story.

    • sony2005

      didn’t work out for many but of course you wouldn’t know. You want to explain how a 75 pound kid is supposed to defend himself from 3 kids twice his size? are you ok with drugging girls at parties and then posting their naked photos online?

    • mcpierogipazza

      You sound like a bully yourself. I was a quiet, shy kid who was bullied terribly. I loved school in general but dreaded going for years, which is especially sad since my father was violent at home, so no place was safe. And the problems at home are why I got bullied. The worse my dad’s violence, the more I withdrew and got quiet, so the more bullies picked on me. By age 15, I was suicidal.

      Oh, and as a guy you probably never had to deal with being grabbed in the crotch or the ass at school or the local pool as young as age 12. I remember the street harassment starting at that time too, and girls were told not to respond to these creeps because if you angered them they might do worse.

      I hope you’re not a parent.

    • Evgeny Shamo

      You’re right. I was bullied at school for the first three years and nothing seemed to help much until one day I got angry (and lucky) enough and smashed some bully’s fingers with the door (ten points for me) Later the same year I got berzerk and caught one of the bigger ones unaware and just hit him with everything I had, including heavy plastic-and-metal pencil-case right in the face. And you know what? I became friends with most of the class after that, no one tried to pull shit on me anymore. God knows how many times this expirience helped me in me adult life. Might have been dead already if I didn’t learn to stand up for myself at early age.

  • BMW_rider

    YES! I have a jart wound! Impaled through my left knee, right under my kneecap. And I’ve got a scar on either side to prove it. My how times have changed. It was the Lord of the Flies, indeed.

  • Ashley

    I was born in 1983 and remember doing (or not doing) all of these things. With kids of my own now, I do find myself being MORE protective than my parents were of me, not necessarily overprotective. It’s not so much about the cuts and scrapes (or falling to your death from a piece of playground equipment), but all the crazies out there that force me to prohibit my children from playing in the front yard by themselves! It’s truly a sad thing. My kids are missing out on some of the awesomeness of being a kid not because I don’t trust them, it’s that I don’t trust everyone else.

    • Synnamin

      Out of curiosity, to which “crazies” are you referring? The ones who’ll call CPS on you if you leave your child out of sight for a moment, or the threat of predators?

      Given the fact that there aren’t any more predators than there used to be (some argue that there are fewer than there were, but I’m not certain whether that’s due to lack of opportunity or better policing or what), I’m personally way more afraid of other parents calling CPS.

      • sony2005

        do yourself a favor and search the sex offender list in your area code. Your jaw will drop. And do go in an read the convictions so you can see these are not minor offenses by many.

        • Synnamin

          Oh, I’m aware of the databases and have looked at them. Scary stuff. But just because I’m now aware of the proximity of bad people doesn’t mean that there’re now more of them in the world, nor that I or my children are more at risk. It simply means that I and local law enforcement are more aware. The databases also don’t take into account people who are truly rehabilitated and who are absolutely no threat to anyone any more.

          With that information I can either a) hide in my house and distrust everyone and screw up my kid’s ability to interact with the real world or b) use it to encourage myself and children to learn common-sense precautions in the very-unlikely event a predator does approach one of us. And statistically, I should be WAY more afraid of my family members than I am of strangers.

          • sony2005

            nobody is advocating hiding away in a house. For example, there is safety in numbers. So having many kids together and at least one adult nearby is enough. That doesn’t screw up any kids. And for the record, child molesters have the highest rates of recidivism. The only reason more crimes are committed by family members is because they are 1000 times more in contact with a relative than a stranger is. Man some people don’t understand statistics!

          • Synnamin

            wow. way to end a discussion. “I hope you’re not a parent.” No wonder civic discourse is the way it is.

          • sony2005

            You think is civilized discourse to imply that protective parents are screwing up their kids? Just because you say it in the first person doesn’t change the insult. It is also inflammatory and offensive to imply that being a protective patent means hiding your kids in the house. You have to make it sound extreme so that it fits your narrative. My statement was offensive , true. But you don’t fool anybody with your passive aggressive comments!

    • mcpierogipazza

      You’ve fallen for the 24-hour news cycle induced paranoia about stranger abductions. Look into the actual statistics and you’ll see that these are actual rare, and that the numbers haven’t gone up, just the public perception.

  • sony2005

    not sure I get the point of this article. wearing a helmet to ride a bike, having soft surfaces on playgrounds only make fun activities a lot safer, and dont take away the fun. Inhaling smoke and not wearing sunblock is no fun for anybody nor does it enhance the learning experience, and while being in the car without a seatbelt may be fun, it is not worth the risk. Not one of these examples enhance the learning or fun experience and we should not shame or belittle parents that follow these reasonable guidelines backed up by tons if research and statistics! the only one that does interfere with fun is not letting kids outside all day to go play without some supervision. I agree that interfers with the childhood experience. However, I dont accept the notion that for those not comfortable with that idea tht there is no equally fun options , and enriching ones at that. Let people be!

    • Stephanie M Gutmann

      Of course wearing a helmet takes away the fun! Helmets are hot they make your head sweat and mess up your hair. There is nothing like the feeling of zooming along the sidewalk on a hot day with the wind blowing through your hair

      • sony2005

        fine. then don’t YOU were a helmet. I’m pretty sure kids riding their bikes up and down all day could careless as to whether they are wearing a helmet or not but certainly are happy to have an intact skull, when their bike hits the curve and they go head first into the pavement, lol

        • Evgeny Shamo

          Some people argue that helmets actually make riding a bike LESS safe because they can cause accidents that would not happen otherwise. being uncomfortably hot, having less mobility, false feeling of safety – these all add up to the accidents that might have not happened otherwise.Wearing a helmet should be a matter of choise.

    • alwr

      Letting kids play on their own is actually an important part of development. They learn problem solving, independence, conflict resolution, and are forced to be creative. Research is not in your corner on the idea of never leaving them alone and never allowing them unstructured time.

      • sony2005

        alone doesn’t mean unsupervised and play dates don’t have to be structured at all. You can leave your kids alone to play without any structure for hours and still have some degree of supervision. When I grew up in a dangerous country, we had a large back yard full of trees and swing sets and make-shift toys and we spent hours there imagining, role playing, and just plain having fun with my friends.My mom, would peak through the window at times, and that was just fine by us. In my area alone (within a 10 mile radius), a nice area too!, there are at least 30 registered sex offenders, 12 of them with significant abuse convictions on very young children. While the probability is low of something happening, it it very high that it will be an unsupervised child that will be the target and such a child will stand no chance whatsoever against an adult. Do we have more of these people these days? do they have better ways of getting away from an area (better highways, cars, less interaction between neighbors so a stranger is immediately recognized, etc), are they more prone to act out given images from TV and internet? I don’t know the answers but I sure wouldnt test it if I were one of these parents. Your utopia doesn’t exist and people who understand that are intelligent, dedicated parents that want the best for their children and number one item is the list is safety.

  • sony2005

    not sure I get the point of this article. wearing a helmet to ride a bike, having soft surfaces on playgrounds only make fun activities a lot safer, and dont take away the fun. Inhaling smoke and not wearing sunblock is no fun for anybody nor does it enhance the learning experience, and while being in the car without a seatbelt may be fun, it is not worth the risk. Not one of these examples enhance the learning or fun experience and we should not shame or belittle parents that follow these reasonable guidelines backed up by tons if research and statistics! the only one that does interfere with fun is not letting kids outside all day to go play without some supervision. I agree that interferes with the childhood experience. However, I dont accept the notion that for those not comfortable with that idea tht there are no equally fun options , and enriching ones at that. Let people be!

  • jon_levy

    Yes, the playground at my grade school was a mine field. I remember a kid flying off the swing set and landing on whatever gravel/dirt surface there was an had one of those fractures where the bone juts out of the skin.

    And a metal platform tower thing complete with ladders on two sides and metal bolts sticking out of it. Once a kid slipped off of it and tore a gash through their leg clear through the muscle.

    The 70’s were also where you’d find random items of printed porn on the ground sometimes in the woods or on a dead end street. If it wasn’t going to physically maim you at least it could mentally warp you.

    • LongLostFriend

      My first encounter with porn was just that: a torn-out, close-up photo of fellatio found in the woods near my house. I still remember my neighbor’s dad sitting down with the two of us to have a talk about how the image was inappropriate.

      Good thing we have the Internet now so that our kids can have their first accidental run-in with porn in the safety of their own homes…

    • VirginiaK

      ha ha, I’m older than you so I was a yougn adult in the 70s — what I remember in NYC was porny pix and advertisements for “massage parlors” and phone sex ladies also all over the sidewalk — guys would throw flyers there, very often disguised to look like money somebody had dropped.

  • jon_levy

    Halloween we went trick or treating until pitch dark or you were called in, without adults dragging you down. We brought the loot back to a friend’s house, spread it out on the floor (while drinking hot chocolate) and sorted it by candy, chocolate, fruit (went in the trash), and miscellaneous. If it had a wrapper on it, we ate it, despite the urban legends of candy being laced with LSD or nails or blades.

    There were also the supposed LSD-laced tattoos in boxes of Cracker Jack. 🙂

    • sony2005

      pretty sure people still do that. lol. just not with toddlers…..

  • mothra1

    In response to Chris Dedrickson, yes, I totally agree, but that was a different world. Now people get shot up everywhere, anytime, for no reason, by some entitled, mentally ill, (usually white) guy. The world is *literally a lot sicker, scarier, less warm, ironically less connected as humans (even with all our fancy tech) than it was then, oh, and did I mention people are ready to sue over ANYthing… ?!? Playgrounds are ripe with lawsuits waiting to happen, so they have to make it sterile and shitty now (yes, it blows, bigtime). Kids HAVE to be protected a lot more, we have no choice, the innocence is gone. And I am quite confident that kids from the 70’s who *now have kids resent the nonstop stress incurred by this reality. And like robingee states, yes, there are still plenty of kids wanting to mess themselves up! 🙂

    • Synnamin

      except that the country is not more violent (with the exception of school shootings – definitely a lot more of those – and certain urban areas). We’ve all been conditioned to think it is because those are the stories we see on the news every day. If it bleeds, it leads, regardless of the fact that there’s less to worry about now than there was in the 70s. We just hear about it a lot more, making people paranoid.

    • genki831 .

      Shot up…by some…(usually white) guy? Well, people get mugged in the cities by some (usually black) guy. How does that make you feel?

  • Dog Pound

    We just have to get rid of those law suits, then things will get back to normal.

  • Jarts were definitely deadly. We did have seat belts in the sixties and seventies, but the more usual restraint device was your mom’s arm hopelessly trying to keep you from slinging into the (metal) dashboard on a quick stop. Enjoy.

    • F’mal DeHyde

      I thought it was just my mom that did that. I laughed at her once, asking how she thought that would keep me from going through the windshield and she got a little huffy. No more superarm protection for me after that!

      • LongLostFriend

        I am unclear: did she make you wear a seatbelt after that, or just leave you to your own devices? 🙂

        • F’mal DeHyde

          We had a ’63 Ford Falcon station wagon, I’m not sure it even *had* seat belts.

  • Michelle

    We did all these things. And the article is awesome…the comments…meh, not so much. We’ve just turned into a surly bunch who love to snipe at each other, haven’t we?

    Oh, and I have no sources to cite for that opinion..it just came out of my head.

    • genki831 .

      I agree with you on that second observation. It’s what makes me hate Facebook. I’ve seen it literally ruin friendships between people that would never have had the arguments they do in person that they do on Facebook. In a way I think the internet is ruining us. Or maybe in a different light it is changing us.

    • Scottilla

      It’s the lead in the pipes, gasoline and the paint that we drank from and inhaled.

  • William556

    Also BB guns and pocket knives. Granted we weren’t allowed to handle them on our own until we were 12 or 14 or so (longer for the idiots who might never have been allowed to have them, usually by other kids who don’t trust those kids with weapons).

  • MeAndJuliaDownByTheSchoolYard

    This list should probably be children of the 60s & 70s, but that may just be me being unexpectedly old.

  • JPB

    The Jarts ban wasn’t parenting. It was lawyering.

    Most of these I agree can be dispensed with, but bike helmets are a good thing. I’d be spoon feeding my husband and teaching him how to walk and talk again if it weren’t for a bike helmet.

    • FisherofTruth

      that’s cool. but let helmets be optional for those who want to use them. don’t force everyone to use them

  • FloatingOnAir

    My dad used to smoke right in my face during dinner. I’d sit there squirming because it smelled so bad and he didn’t give a crap.

  • IA_Adam

    Fantastic gams in #5.

  • rhorvati

    Today we get to sit back and have fun being nostalgic about how we managed to survive such disregard for safety. Sadly a lot of people didn’t survive the 70’s, be it a Jart to the head, a skull smashing onto pavement as a kid falls from his bike, or getting your sternum crushed into your heart and lungs as the steering wheel attempts to stop the momentum of your body as your car crumples around you. Changes have indeed saved lives and were likely the result of massive lawsuits were lawyers got really rich. Some can argue the gene pool may be a bit cleaner today because safety measures weren’t in place to prevent people with poor judgement from hurting themselves.

    • sony2005

      seriously. we can only see the comments from those lucky enough to make it, which is a majority since these events are low probability but not so low when it happens to you!

  • HelenL1

    Except my brother and my neighbor who died at 16 because they weren’t wearing a seatbelt and my sister who has skin cancer yes we did, didn’t we? I hate these stupid posts because not everyone turned out fine and it just irritates me. Your family turned out fine, mine didn’t and at some point it’s just not funny to relive. Hahaha isn’t it funny, we all inhaled second hand smoke and people are now dying of cancer but hey we all survived right? hahahaha Our parents were just so cool! Let’s celebrate how stupid we were in the 70s and call ourselves over protected now. It’s just so FUNNY!!

    • Jeysoos!!!

      looks like the wrong person died, I bet your siblings weren’t so up their own ass

      • sony2005

        you need therapy.

  • sony2005

    I’m a little confused about something. Why are some of these comments here implying that playgrounds are not as intricate or fun as they were before, unless they think hitting your head in the asphalt is fun? the playgrounds these days are filled with twice or three time as many sets as those in the picture above, are just as high and just if not more varied in activities. Google playgrounds parks and see images. Some of them are amazing! yes the ground is softer but so what?

  • roadgeek

    Bruises, sprains and broken bones abounded. I only know of one classmate that was seriously hurt; he put one of his eyes out when he provoked a discarded car battery (found behind a garage) to explode. After he recovered, he came to school and entertained all the boys at recess by taking his glass eye out and passing it around. Cool beans, as they say. Some of my best memories were made playing in this enormous drainage ditch behind out subdivision. After a good rain, it ran pretty fast, and was a lot of fun. The thought of drowning never entered anyone’s mind.

  • rhorvati

    Voice over by grumpy old man. “Kids these days are so weak. Back in my day we put gas in our cars that contained lead. Painted our homes, kids toys, bikes, with paint laced with lead. Plumbed our houses with lead pipes. Everyone walking around, kids included, ingested enough lead that their
    blood had lead levels that would make a doctor today prescribe
    corrective therapy. Put asbestos in the insulation in our homes and in the brake linings of our cars. Used mercury in the fillings in our teeth and in our light bulbs Got rid of pests in our gardens with pesticides laced with PCB’s. My shoe store used X-ray machines to determine shoe fit. We were swimming in a sea of toxic chemicals and radiation…and we liked it. By golly it worked for us it should work for future generations.”

    Some people forget how good, the “good ‘old days” really were and the lifespans that were painfully shortened because of it. I know this article is a nice jab at helicopter parents. There is a better way. To say you survived the 70’s playing Jarts, riding a bike without a helmet, and riding in a car without seat belts doesn’t mean everyone survived the 70’s.

    • LongLostFriend

      Lighten up, Francis.

    • Scottilla

      They may have survived the 70s, but they are the voters of today.

  • sony2005

    Most kids in the 70’s were born in the 60’s when most moms fed their baby formula instead of breast milk. Nowadays, helicopter moms make the rest feel bad about giving formula to their babies. Right? Me guessing those praising the 70 ways won’t be agreeing with me on this one !

  • Sandra Wellens

    No seatbelts either and babies could sit on your lap in the front seat. Those were the days

  • Mary Lou Caswell

    Wow, brought me right back to my childhood. Some of the safety measures in place now are good, many are just ridiculous. Poor kids are all turning into little cowards afraid to take a step. Seriously parents, send your kids out to play!

  • Cathy Adams

    I live in China, and the lack of safety standards described in this article are the way most everything is here, right now. The funny thing is, we don’t see any plethora of accidents the way Americans fear will happen if they don’t wrap their kids up in bubble wrap and watch them 24 hours a day.

  • loupman

    Seriously? You stated “Parents of 2014 need to be reminded of how less restricted, less supervised, less obsessively safety-conscious things were… and it was just fine.”

    it was just fine?

    the death rate for children aged 5-14 years was around 40 deaths per 100,000. Now it’s 15. Do ya think part of the reason is that we don’t do the things that this article is so nostalgic about? Source: http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/healthitarchive/images/mchb_infantmortality_pub.pdf

    You double down on your ignorance in your final paragraph – ” I’m just stating facts – this is the world we lived in. It was full of adults who didn’t seem to have anxiety attacks over our safety, and we turned out just fine….right?” NO. NOT RIGHT. But the dead children who never lived to see your article are too busy being dead to remind you that they are NOT FINE.

    • LongLostFriend

      You are right. That reduction has absolutely NOTHING to do with advances in medicine.

      In any case, the fact that .025% more children survive now (according to your figures) does not justify the state’s over-reaching invasion into how I raise my kids.

      And, as the author mentioned, none of the changes mentioned are bad ideas; it’s just pathetic how we are doing a disservice to our kids by wrapping them up in cocoons and discouraging even the slightest bit of risk-taking.

      • loupman

        Excuse me, I linked to the wrong article. I intended to reference CHILD mortality, not INFANT mortality. Clearly, infant mortality has much more to do with medicine than jarts and seatbelts. Here is the correct link: http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/images/mchb_child_mortality_pub.pdf

        A reduction of 25 per 100,000 from 40 per 100,000 is 0.025%? Where are you getting that number? The reduction is 62.5%.

        I really don’t think that wearing seatbelts and not giving our children death machines as toys is “over protecting” them. If someone can’t figure out how to help their child become a risk taker without giving them a death machine, then that person probably shouldn’t be a parent.

        Of course, I would say the same about the caricature of a parent that you describe – the cocoon-wrapping parent who doesn’t allow any risk. The reality is somewhere in between. As a father myself, I just prefer that when my kid takes a risk and loses, the result is a life-learning experience, but not a life altering one. And regulation of companies is an acceptable way to do that in my view.

        • roseba

          Not arguing for or against. However, the original post is right. The infant mortality rate from 0.04% to .025% is a statistically insignifant difference. The measures taken to decrease that rate by .015% were many. Whether the trade off is worth it or not is up to the readers of this article.

          • loupman

            I may be nitpicking your words here, but “statistical significance” has a specific meaning.

            From Wikipedia: “Statistical significance is the low probability that an observed effect would have occurred due to chance.”

            so your statement that a reduction from “0.040% to 025% is a statistically insignificant” would only be true if the reduction were caused by random chance, rather than directed effort. While there are specific statistical tests for determining if something is statistically significant, we can easily see (without resorting to a deep math exercise) that a reduction of 62.5%, especially sustained over decades, is NOT the result of chance. It is therefore statistically significant.

            That said, I believe what you intended when you said “statistically significant” is “not worth it”. You are right, that decision is up to the readers – but I think it’s discompassionate to say that not selling metal darts or making playgrounds that have soft ground-up tires instead of cement on the ground, or requiring seatbelts and carseats, is “too much” and “not worth it” to save childrens’ lives. How many lives does it take to make it worth it? Those things hardly required much sacrifice at all and didn’t destroy anyone’s quality of life – so how is that too much? But that’s just this one reader’s opinion. You are right about that.

        • LongLostFriend

          “A reduction of 25 per 100,000 from 40 per 100,000 is 0.025%? Where are you getting that number? The reduction is 62.5%.”

          It is a 62.5% reduction, but 25 out of 100,000 kids is .025% of the total number of children.

          In other words, there weren’t that many kids dying in the first place.

          • loupman

            “In other words, there weren’t that many kids dying in the first place.”

            How many dead kids does it take before we care?

          • LongLostFriend

            Why don’t we put every kid in an insulated bubble, then? If even ONE kid is spared from death, it is worth all of the time and money and lost independence that the nation can muster, right?

    • Chris Wienke

      As the chart shows, rates of child mortality fell throughout the 20th century, including the 1970s, and into 21st century, suggesting that something beyond a shift in parenting practices explains most of the difference in child mortality over time.

      • loupman

        Chris, I’m uncertain which chart you are referring to, since I posted the wrong link in my original post. I apologize for that. Here is the correct link: http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/images/mchb_child_mortality_pub.pdf

        Of course many factors affect child mortality. Child labor practices in the early half of the 20th century, various diseases, and yes, dangerous products. Eliminating each of these reduces the death rate, and while we may be nostaligic for the “good old days”, let’s remember that there was a reason that people who actually lived then decided that something needed to be improved. The good old days weren’t always good, and tomorrow’s not as bad as it seems.

  • LongLostFriend

    You forgot the most perilous one of all: NO HAND SANITIZER!

    Can you imagine hordes of youngsters relying on nothing but their God-given immune systems to combat the potential tragedy of touching a door handle after someone else? It makes me shudder just to think about it.

    Also: I teach teenagers, and you would not believe how some of them are absolutely unable to initiate a conversation with an unrelated adult, even in a completely populated and public place of business, because of “stranger danger.” I am not trying to minimize the importance of protecting our children, but when almost-adults see every grown-up they do not know as a potential kidnapper or child molester, it has crossed over into “ridiculous” territory.

  • Michael Riggans

    The neatest thing about the seventies was that people didn’t seem as divided as they are now.

  • I’m a child of the 70’s, and as a teen in the 80’s I went to The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever (Action Park). The video truly is a Must-See.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb1h2XqKsIY

    • FisherofTruth

      action park was awesome! the alpine slide was great!

  • Scottilla

    And these are good things?

  • Brian Preble

    I’m a child of the 70’s as well. Most of those things were fine, though I never saw lawn darts anywhere, and smoking was always a bad thing. Those children ARE dying, and rightfully so.

    • tvance929

      wow.

  • tvance929

    Jart chicken, Roman candle chicken, bb guns & slingshot wars, no friggin bike helmets even with homemade giant ramps (that at some point were GUARENTEED TO fall apart — sucks if you’re the one it breaks on), hot metal slides of searing flesh, climbing trees, laying in the back window area of the vehicle, rolling down some hill inside some large pipe we found… good times, good times…

  • Graham King

    As a kid my summers were spend playing in the woods with my friends for hours on end. We’d come home when we were tired or thirsty. No water bottles, no snacks, no cell phone. Get lost? Well figure it out. I’m going to try the same with my kids.

  • Stacy Garinger

    these are all true and I did every one of these… and my family contributed bountifullly to the second hand smoke… I made it through though. phew!!

  • Ddub

    For all of you who are enjoying this read and are not into the arguing… And who really do have fond memories of growing up in the ’70s… and who might want to spend a little more time reminiscing…

    You might want to check this fun nostalgic summer read: http://www.my70sbook.com/

  • Wrongperson53

    I used to play on a huge rocket slide at a local park. We’d go to the very top and shake it as other kids were getting on lol. Those days were so much fun.

  • Bob

    “and we turned out just fine…. right?”
    Except the ones who died or were severely injured/paralyzed of course…

    Why the hell do you think regulations for helmets, smoking, seat-belts, etc were implemented? Random government intervention?

  • Harry Lounsberry

    lawyers and lawsuits, insurance companies

    • ActaNonVerba

      Correction…..Lawyers, Insurance companies and slimebag populist politicians playing on fear to get votes.

    • androphiles

      We don’t have those now?

  • Nora-Adrienne Deret

    Hell, I was a latch key kid in the late 50’s. I had a city bus pass to get to school also. Oh and sunbathing on Brighton Beach in Brooklyn? BABY OIL AND IODINE… got a great tan. LOL

  • Zac

    I don’t remember the neighborhood convenient store getting shot up every week when I was a kid. Now, yeah it is. If you don’t live around the violence you can pretend it doesn’t exist. Believe everything you read. Go ahead.

  • mtnester

    Love how the mom in # 5 looks like she is wearing heels while pushing the kids on their bicycles..!

  • kacie

    Not right. I grew up in this era. My brother died in a bicycle accident that he would probably have survived if he had been wearing a helmet. My son had a similar accident, it destroyed his helmet, but fortunately, not his brain. I have myself checked each year for skin cancer because I am fair skinned and grew up in an era without any real sun protection. And I’ve known people who have died from this cancer. Most of these risks are real, our parents just didn’t know what could happen, until it was too late.

  • Pamela Alexander

    Yes and baby’s in a basket on the back seat for safety, nothing else… No straps no nothing. And I remember travelling in my uncle’s car with no back seat at all, myself and my cousins bouncing up and down on the springs……….we had a ball and we are still all here to tell the story.

  • 4FREEDOM

    – NO seat belts – you learned to sit down – for a good reason (Dad would spank, or you might hit seat in front of you if he stopped fast!!) metal slides were H O T – we learned to stay off them with shorts on or cover our legs, jungle gyms we high – we learned daily how to use arms and legs to become agile and strong; see-saws (interesting lessons reguarding weights) were usually home made unless in school yards/playgrounds, swings had heavy chains with heavy boards as seats – we learned to NOT get in the way AND not to swing to high, cause really felt like you’d go over the suspension bar. Ther were in 50’s/60’s – pea shooters, BB guns(prerequisite for real guns – a training must) cap guns, bows/arrows, sling shots, go carts with out brakes – downhill- until brakes were devised, roller skates/metal rollers (also a device to try downhill) – guess what was LEARNED by that one?!!! Stilts !!! Got first knife @ 8yrs old in Girl Scouts – taught us HOW to use knives correctly! Our age is the baby boomers that gov is worried about, cause there are so many of us! I have all my fingers, eyes, toes, both legs and arms, ears, etc. I LEARNED how to live, exist and thrive in life.

  • Kate Bruce

    I’m totally a child of the 90s with one of those burns from leftover 70s playground structures. Scarred for life!

  • CaptainBlake

    This seriously made my morning, thank you. And for those who weren’t around to experience it, let me assure you it’s all true. One of the many joys I find in revisiting 70’s cinema comes from spotting examples of these lost delights. Recently, and I can’t remember which film this was, I gasped at the image of a doctor lighting up in a hospital room. Better yet, turns out he was looming over a cancer patient as he puffed away, both oblivious to any potential hazards. And this scene was clearly not played for laughs. That was the magic of the 70’s.

  • THROWSLEFTSHOOTSRIGHT

    And eating things that came out of the ground – including the ground!

  • Jack Stone

    Not everyone turned out fine. Looks at the stats around seat belts. How many people died from second hand smoke that cant post here today. Bike helmets may look stupid but they do save lives. Just because we can laugh at this and post comments about how we turned out ok, there are many people who did not and are not alive to comment.

    • timbo59

      Very true. Motorbike helmets have to be legally enforced in Australia for years, and I can personally vouch for the fact that it may well have saved my life – and what little looks I possess! came off a bike at high speed and went skidding along on my front for what seemed like forever. Got badly cut on my legs and arms, and only later, when I looked at the helmet, did I realize how well it had protected me. From the chin guard on up, all the paint had been scraped away down to the fiberglass. Little imagination to realize what damage would have occurred without it. Riding bikes is dangerous enough – people who ride without helmets, especially recklessly, are basically idiots waiting to be hospitalized. Nothing is more ludicrous than living in a country like the USA where bikers are freely allowed to jeopardize their safety every single day while cops nail regular motorists constantly for not wearing seatbelts! Anywhere else people would die laughing on hearing omething like that.

  • timbo59

    Only problem with No. 7 is that I think it’s a girl supposedly about to cop it ‘in the nuts’! Could be wrong of course – just looks like a hint of a pony tail behind that head of hair, or it could be someone standing there mostly obscured from view.

    For boys like myself growing up in Australia back in the 70’s and earlier, the biggie
    that we’d consider missing from the list is ‘corporal punishment’, which got banned by
    the end of the decade. Caning used to be the standard form of
    punishment, which meant receiving an almighty ‘thwack’ across your bare
    hand or fingers, depending on the teachers aim. Some teachers in
    particular had awesome reputations for the pain they could inflict and the
    ease with which they could wind their action up, baseball-style, and bring that 3′ – 4′
    piece of pliable wood swishing through the air with alarming noise and
    speed down across your delicate digits. You’d get two cuts of the cane –
    one on each hand – for minor infractions like talking in class or not
    turning in homework. Schoolyard rules dictated that anyone who couldn’t
    take two cuts without crying was a weakling. Four was for more serious
    offenses that would take you to the limits of your pain threshold and
    bravado. Six cuts was reserved for the major offenses like fighting,
    vandalism, etc and was rarely dispensed. NO ONE could stand up to that,
    absolutely no one, without breaking down sobbing in pain and walking away holding their
    hands under their armpits for hours afterwards! Six cuts would routinely see you sent home for the day – not for punishment, but because your hands would be useless to hold a pen or pencil. My first year in high school, when I was about 12, I
    received about 150 cuts of the cane in just my first term, all for ridiculous things like late assignments, etc – I had a music teacher who
    volunteered me into the school choir because he found out I had a decent voice, and when I wouldn’t turn up for
    the obligatorily practices during lunch break (who wants to give up
    recess when you could be playing with friends?) I’d receive four cuts of
    the cane the next time he’d have me in his class – boy, did that make me look
    forward to music class! It was brutal excesses like this that eventually got
    the practice banned.

    An obvious one that the writer also forgot
    to mention (likely because it’s an American article) is the plethora of
    injuries that kids would routinely suffer through fireworks back then.
    They finally got banned in Australia for safely
    purposes back in the late 70’s – too many kids were getting hurt. Roman
    candles at 10 paces, anyone? Oh, yeah, what does it matter if the
    occasional stray bounces off your head? Boys daring each other to
    hold bigger and bigger crackers to see who would finally balk or cry out
    in pain (trick is to hold them near the end!). Emptying the contents of
    all the fireworks into ice-cream containers and setting it all off in
    one spectacular display – if it didn’t explode? Or how about the popular
    diversion on your way home from school of blowing people’s mailbox’s up
    and watching all the contents fly everywhere in shreds?

    It can also be less than funny. They used to sell these fancy matches that
    would blaze away in different colours for a few seconds of
    phosphorescent brilliance, and I used to love playing with them. Then
    one day I was holding about 30 – 40 of them loosely in my right hand
    when someone walked by with a sparkler – poof! The phosphorous burns
    were so excruciating that I only remember the first 5 – 10 seconds of
    screaming – my mind blanked out the rest thankfully. Next thing I
    remember was waking up at home with my hand heavily bandaged, having
    been at the hospital for hours. I received daily treatment at the
    hospital for months on the charred mess, but eventually all the burnt
    flesh peeled or got cut away to reveal nice new flesh underneath on all
    my digits and the palm. Anywhere else I would have been scarred for
    life, but it turns out that the flesh on your hands is of a different
    kind to the rest of your body and regenerates normally – never mind all
    the pain sensors there as well! To this day burned meat, and the smell
    of the magic ointment they used, always reminds me of that incident.

  • Tritorie Mendicuss

    Remember pickup trucks back then? How they actually had BENCHES you could sit on when you weren’t sliding around the back of them? Fun stuff!

    You would be arrested letting your kids do that now.

  • Nimbus99

    I love this discussion. The “merits -of-smoking-not-smoking” aside. I remember petting strays and getting bitten just to get treated at home with alittle iodine or mercurachrome (i think they called it). We sharpened Popsicle sticks to make weapons, and climbed to the tops of huge oaks to peer into birds’ nests. I rode in the back of the pinto station wagon and felt like I had my own apartment! The dashboard was metal, and I was left in the car on the regular. I walked home about 8 blocks in 1st grade. My lil sister and I waited on the porch after school in elementary school. I was a safety guard and stood alone on the corner at 7am in 4th grade. I had click-clacks, poprocks, took my temp with a glass thermometer (buttally, too). The playgrounds were hard and metal. I admit, they dont LOOK as fun as today’s playgrounds, but they were NEVER filled with grownups either. I caught the city bus starting in 7th grade. I wrangled with my wife to let our son do the same in high school. His school was about 10 blocks away. She wouldnt let him. A week later, a random kid was shot and killed waiting at the busstop. I have little ones now again, and I would never ever let them even go onto the porch alone to get the mail. Sad, but t’is what t’is. Life is still awesome!

  • jackietg

    What a stupid article. Plenty of people did not end up fine, and that’s why there are regulations, and/or laws against some of these things. For every person posting that ended up fine there are thousands of others of children that didn’t. Skin cancer kills people, and many of them with it today were the sun worshippers of the 70s & 80s. Same with secondhand smoke. Many children of the 70s whose parents smoked now have lung cancer. Lots of kids got concussions while not wearing a helmet that now suffer symptoms they may not even know are related.

    • Take me back to the 60’s

      Come on man, it was a funny article poking fun at ourselves. Of course we are better off now, but it is funny how little concerned parents were back then.

      • androphiles

        “Of course we are better off now,…” Only someone who didn’t live then would say that. And the idea that parents were “little concerned” back then is ignorance redoubled. Parents were concerned–in their kids instead of in whether they looked like good parents to everyone else. PTA participation was at a level then it’s never been at again. They didn’t just buy the latest electronic gizmo and turn their kid loose with it.

        • novatom

          I’m 54, a child of the 60’s and 70s and I agree with 60s. We are better off now. In so many ways. People are always so quick to say “things were better in the old days.” More often than not, they weren’t.

          • androphiles

            And more often than that, if they weren’t there they don’t know.

    • timbo59

      Other way round guy, or does your thinking extend to the thought that for every person who walked away from a motorcycle accident means hundreds of others who didn’t? That would make for an interesting statistic.

      The point to the article is that despite the mayhem the vast majority of us got through okay despite the raft of issues. My father was a chain-smoker who habitually made the interior of the car look like a fog on wheels, but by and large I’ve made it to my mid 50’s with no sign of lung cancer to date. Obviously others didn’t fair so well.

      It’s the actuarial data that piles up that eventually leads to the changes in our lives, many for the better. But that doesn’t mean that the vast majority of us didn’t have a whale of a time in those more lenient times! Go back another generation and people will also talk about how they never locked their front doors and so on, so for all our regulated (and supposedly safer) lives, it can easily be stated that we don’t necessarily lead better quality lives. I have a ten year old daughter and there’s not a hope in hell that I’m letting her walk to school by herself or hang round out on the streets with her friends the way kids did back in my day, and I don’t think there’s many parents out there who would, at least in heavily populated areas. Give me a Norman Rockwell town to live in and perhaps I’ll ease back on my vigil!

  • H. Nasse

    No, you didn’t turn out just fine, considering you are the generation of worry-freak parents.

  • RickW1234

    the author says we turned out fine, but aren’t we the parents who insisted on helmets and seat belts, walked our kids to school instead of letting them walk alone and voted to ban smoking from public places. Those changes didn’t happen in a vacuum, we the children of those times caused them to happen

    • Take me back to the 60’s

      That’s cuz we got tired of the abuse lol.

  • Brian Hunter

    I am so glad to have grown up in the 70s

    • androphiles

      I’m even more glad to have grown up in the 50’s.

  • Laura Anne Seabrook

    “Cars came with seat belts in the 1970s, but no one used them except maybe out of curiosity to see what it was like to wear one.”

    It was illegal NOT to wear them over here!

    • Carnwennan

      Where were you in the 1970s?

      • Laura Anne Seabrook

        I was and still am Australia.

        • Carnwennan

          Thank you for the reply. Your country was ahead of the US on that sort of legislation by at least a decade. Infant safety seats were not even mandatory in all states in the 1970’s; seatbelt requirements began rolling out in 1985.

    • Sophie

      You’re a ding dong, Laura Anne. If you would do the tiniest bit of googling before embarrassing yourself, you’d see that seat belt laws didn’t go into effect until the early 90s. Ding dong.

      • strega2012

        Maybe she’s not from the USA, Ding Dong.

      • Laura Anne Seabrook

        To quote Wikipedia

        In Australia,
        the use of seat belts by all vehicle passengers is compulsory. The
        states of Victoria and South Australia introduced a requirement for belt
        anchorages in 1964, although not for the belts themselves.[1]
        In 1970, the use of seat belts by vehicle occupants was made compulsory
        in the state of Victoria, followed by the rest of Australia and some
        other countries during the 1970s and 1980s. The subsequent dramatic
        decline in road deaths, equivalent to thousands of lives saved in
        Australia alone, is generally attributed to seat belt laws and
        subsequent road safety campaigns.[2][3][4]

        If you would do the tiniest bit of thought, you’d realise that I said “over here”.

        • timbo59

          @Sophie. A little cultural arrogance there in assuming that the poster was from the USA. You might care to do a little Googling yourself on the subject of other other English-speaking countries in the world. The internet does – shock horror – extend further than American shores. And as the lady stated quite clearly, she did say ‘over here’ which, while not explicitly stating exactly where she was referring to, should have made it abundantly clear that she was from a country outside of the USA.

        • tapu

          And how are we to know where “over here” was, in your original post? Over here in Jersey?

          • Laura Anne Seabrook

            You’re serious? You mean that wouldn’t be something that you’d ask about before assuming, like the other poster?

      • roseba

        Don’t call people ding-dongs. That is not a valid way to debate and it makes the world more uncivil.

        It went into effect much earlier than the 90’s where I’m from…. IN THE USA.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seat_belt_legislation_in_the_United_States

  • RufusCain

    Wow! I wanna ride a giant turtle with a goat! The 70’s must’ve been great!

    • babs

      They were… I wouldn’t trade those days for anything today 🙂

  • Dennis Ray Wingo

    As a former latch key kid, I marvel at how structured the little twits lives are these days, and how pompous it makes them. They would have run home to mommy after half an hour with a bunch of 70’s kids.

    • benjitiger30

      I was a latchkey kid as well. Home right after school.. Couldn’t go out unless a parent/responsible adult was around..had to be inside inside before the street lights came on..spent summers playing hide n seek/baseball/swimming/you name it. Us children of the 70s/early 80s rocked!!

  • sparrowlord01

    Kids today have no idea what real fun is. And for the most part, parents have become way too overprotective…

  • Jeff Blanks

    No, kids in the ’70s were all WATCHING TV. OK, sometimes they were playing, but sometimes they play now, too. And no, adults weren’t *that* negligent. They might not have been “helicopter parents”, but it wasn’t a Darwinian struggle for survival out there, either.

    BTW, about half of these photos are from the ’50s or early ’60s. NEVER, EVER get the ’70s confused with those times. The thing is, of all these things only the Jarts are unique to the ’70s–everything else has roots much farther back than then.

  • Lady Warwick

    You’re speaking of the 70’s yet show a 1964/65 Beetle with other ’64/65 Beetles….i think …that picture is the 60’s.

    • Trooper Kitty

      People didnt drive 5+ year old cars? Fascinating….

      • Lady Warwick

        Wow you dont get it…im saying the photo isnt the 70’s….all those cars are 60’s era.

        • Trooper Kitty

          A majority of the car’s made in the 70’s probably couldnt fit into a camera’s view…. lol

  • JT

    Politically correct liberalism is lame…. return us to our liberties and freedoms chosen by WE THE PEOPLE…, not someone the government!

    • breed7

      Like the freedom to marry the person we love, the freedom for a woman to choose what she does with her own body, that sort of thing? Yeah, liberals are the ones who don’t believe in freedom…..

    • androphiles

      If you think the more restricted ways of raising kids came from “liberals” you just don’t know history or reality.

  • Just

    Omfg you people totally went all the way down the rabbit hole! Step away from the frelling ledge and enjoy the article and memories.

    • leelabelle

      u said frelling 😀

  • Super Amanda

    You picked the wrong ones. Many kids are dead from skin cancer.

  • Super Amanda

    Start/mid of the 70s was better. By the end there were too many molesters and freaks teaching in schools. The US just became too hedonistic.

  • Miranda Mattingly Grim

    I love it! I make sure to not get too absorbed with paranoia and give my kids a healthy mix of 1979 and 2014. I am proud to say that my 12 and 14 year old boys grew up going outside to play and ride bikes. I didn’t let them go alone until they were 7 or 8 (unheard of in the 70’s and 80’s) and then it wasn’t off the street or it was directly to a friend’s house stay around there for a while, and then a phone call before they added home. By the time they were 10 I let them go around the neighborhood. Everyone is fine and they are healthy, not overweight, and smart about bike safety and street safety. They love their computer me and PS3 time, but they still “go outside and play” every day. My daughter is 7 and I haven’t gotten brave enough to let her do the same. I do let her walk 2 houses down to the neighbors, but she stays there. The poor kids down the street the other way from us are 14 and 12 (girl and boy), and their Mom STILL only lets them ride their bikes when she walks with them. To me, that’s insane. The more you smother them, the harder they’re going to rebel when they finally do get a taste of freedom. I guess if my teenager had never been anywhere without me, I’d be nervous too. How are they going to know how to handle themselves until they do it?

    • Evgeny Shamo

      Exactly. Children NEED some alone time to learn about the world and themselves.

  • Mapster68

    Great list!! I remember the Jarts – good stuff. You can also add to the list “Allowed to Play with Guns Unsupervised.” My friends and I would spend hours cruising the local fields shooting up cans, bottles, and the occasional rabbit. And nobody gave a second thought to a bunch of Middle School kids walking around with 22s and shotguns slung over their shoulders – admittedly this was probably only true out in the country.

    • John Krawczyk

      BB gun battles! Those were fun,

  • Jennifer Dahlgren

    Loved growing up in the late 70’s and early 80’s!! I was a dirty little farm kid and spent all my time outside “blowing the stink off!” Sure, I did things that were dangerous, but thankfully, I made it through. I was driving a double-clutch tractor by the time I was three! I was a latch-key kid, watching my younger sister at the age of six. But, that’s the way we did it in the country I guess. Good times…

  • breed7

    I realize that younger people can’t believe this, but everything in the article is actually true. We never ever wore a seatbelt in the 1970s. Kids regularly broke bones on playgrounds. No one ever wore a helmet for any reason. Kids would go out unsupervised and play for hours in parks or swimming pools without an adult in sight.

    I’d add one to the list that might not have been universal, but for many of us living in a big city, there was a major theme park We had Astroworld in Houston, and when I was as young as 10, my mother or a friend’s mother would drop us off at Astroworld in the mornings and pick us up in the afternoons almost every day during the summer. It became known as Astroworld Day Camp — just abandoning your kids to the theme park for the day. In the days when a season pass cost $15, this was a great summer activity. Would parents ever drop kids off at a theme park unsupervised today?

  • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

    Okay,people -this was just to be for some fun reminiscing. We wouldn’t let our grandchildren do these things in today’s world. We’re just thinking about how life was different back then. Lighten up.

  • lisey

    There once was a time when surgeons used to operate without washing their hands first, and we once put depressed people in asylums. Hopefully, we learn from our mistakes, which is what all the “new rules” are about.

    • androphiles

      Wrong. As one who lived not only through the 70’s but through the 50’s, the “new rules” are the mistakes.

  • Claudia Ritter

    The truth of #6 is hitting me hard this summer, as I’m a single parent who will likely have the cops called on me if my kid is found outside playing on his own for more than 10 minutes.

  • SuzyQuzey

    I can relate to ALL of this! The only “seatbelt” was my mom’s outflung arm if she stopped short.

  • Jeffrey S King

    no mention of “Klackers”? Those things were lethal.

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  • Estelle

    Yep. a kid at my primary school died after falling off the monkey bars, and I can remember quite a few injuries that required stitches, plaster casts and a fortune spent on cosmetic dentistry. Happy days. Tree-climbing was much safer. As was the Jarts equivalent, a game called Split the Kipper which involved (1) taking a knife to school and (2) throwing it into the ground near our playmates’ feet. Occasionally into our playmates’ feet. The school did eventually ban the game, ostensibly because parents had complained we were damaging our shoes.

    • timbo59

      We simply called it ‘splits’ in Australia, if you’re referring to the game of trying to make the other person spread their legs out further and further depending on where you could successfully impale the knife into the ground.

      • Estelle

        Yes, that’s the one. It was all the rage at my Cheshire primary school in about 1968. I even got a new knife for my birthday that year.

  • Derrick

    How in the hell did this comment section turn into a political soapbox for the ignorant???

    • Tommy Maq

      Because you were allowed on?

      • Derrick

        Ahh, one brain dead illiterate chimes in. Thanks retard.

        • Tommy Maq

          So….yes?

          Also, nice sig!

  • Dave Hawkins

    Playground picture is OBVIOUSLY too new. 12′ high slides monkey bars and that spinning thing (carousel?) ALL on BLACKTOP parking lots, not grass or wood chips…. 🙂

  • peter_wexler

    God, things were better, then.

  • BookGoddess

    I would say we survived but when we know better, we should do better. Of course those that are not “fine” are not here to talk about it!

  • Rebecca Simon

    Loved the mom helping the kids ride bikes in the short shorts and heals. SO practical and, I’m sure, realistic!

    • racknstack

      70s MILF

      • Tommy Maq

        Who are you kidding? She’d be a milf in any decade.

  • crateish

    The damage of these kids’ systems from secondhand smoke is done, and will affect them for the rest of their lives. Secondhand smoke these days to children should be classified as child abuse.

    • Cathy Royer

      Oh please..Blah Blah Blah I guess all the crap in the food we feed them is ok though. Think before you speak!

  • CherryhB

    You must blame your own generation for the coddling of today’s kids… who do you think their parents are??? YOU! LOL

  • Paramarine

    A nice lighthearted post nearly ruined by the comments of people who take things (and themselves) way too seriously.

    • Tommy Maq

      No, I think your post was an example of someone who takes things (like comments sections of websites) way too seriously, not lighthearted at all.

  • racknstack

    Action Park in New Jersey was the pinnacle of danger.

    • Maureen

      Yep, I loved Action Park! We just enjoyed it and didn’t even think about how dangerous it was!

  • TC

    I don’t miss the second hand smoke at all.

  • D S Dunlap

    The Tantastic ad: “Tanfastic lets the sunshine in. It’s not loaded up with sunburn
    protection like old folks and kids want. Tanfastic’s for you 15-to-25
    year olds who can take the sun. Especially if you want to get
    superdark. Superfast.”

    Getting superdark was NEVER an issue for me…

  • Patricia Hayden

    I fell out of the apple tree, it had recently been trimmed, a trimmed branch gouged the inner thigh of my right leg on my way down, that hurt worse and caused more damage than the fall and landing, also fell out of the hay loft. Now when I fall it usually results in torn tendons

  • Terry

    Yup we all survived, except the kids that died for not wearing bike helmets (in my family this happened) and not wearing seat belts. Oh and all that skin cancer, no big deal right?

    Sure, lots of people over do the helicopter parenting and the playground thing is funny but many of these are pretty serious improvements in life. I do miss lawn darts though!

    • Tommy Maq

      “Jarts”

  • Sarah M. Wood

    One of funnest things to do was to swing as high as we possibly could (we’d get what we called the “bumps”) and then jump off – sometimes we were badly hurt but that didn’t stop us from trying to fly – at least, not when we were young!

  • GM52246

    This is a strange article, because the fact that 2,4,5,7,8 don’t exist anymore are all *good things.* No second-hand smoke, more seatbelt use and helmet use.

    3 and 6 *should* still be happeneing; it’s bad that they don’t, as is parents’ generalized anxiety. Of course kids should be given more freedom to roam. But it’s very weird to mix in things changing for the worse with things changing for the better. It’s ideologically confused, makes no sense, and strongly suggests the writer is trying to have it both ways while generating nothing more than clickbait. Unless, of course, people think kids should have more second-hand smoke, brain damage, and violent vehicular deaths.

    • darling137

      I think it’s meant to be tongue in cheek with a general commentary on helicopter parenting. While less second hand smoke, more seat belts and more helmet use is generally a good thing, government directed enforcement of it maybe isn’t. Second hand smoke risks are probably exaggerated, mandatory seat belt use is arguably a restriction of freedom, and the emphasis on helmets seems to be a bit excessive.

  • fmorgan09mm

    Metal dash boards

  • WishyWashy

    I’ve often thought when I read these, ‘toughen up kids of today’ articles. We children of the 70’s and 80’s who are reading this did survive. But the ones who didn’t, aren’t really here to defend the alternate position.

  • TheRajLOSAngeles

    Well, it’s obvious to me why “millennials” come off as such pussies. So sad how Liberalism has turned our society into a litigious wasteland of people afraid of their own shadow.

    • Jordan

      Calling millennials pussies even though the baby boomer generation raised them? You seem VERY smart………….. I don’t think Liberalism did that to your shitty wasteland of people.

      • TheRajLOSAngeles

        I can’t tell what you’re trying to say? You do know what litigious means, right?

      • TheRajLOSAngeles

        I have no idea what you’re trying to say, but It’s clear you don’t understand the premise of my comment

      • darling137

        Actually Baby Boomers are generally the grandparents of Millennials.

    • Gert

      Yes because every old Faux ‘news’ watching old fart knows everything wrong in the world. Blame liberals. Benghazi.

  • Jordan

    This was literally the worst article I’ve ever read, if you can call it that. There is zero semblance of why parents should actually allow their kids to experience life holistically, rather than be attended to every minute of every day. Potentially your worst arguments were no seat belts and no skin protection. The only reason so many of you turned out “alright” is because there were twice as many of you as any other generation thus far.

    • darling137

      Literally? Depending on how you define kids and generations, most of the 70s kids were Gen Xers and therefore not a large pool, that would be the Baby Boomers before them.Millennials are actually comparable to Baby Boomers in size. There’s evidence that too many safety options in a vehicle actually cause drivers to take bigger risks. I think the point the article is making is the helicopter parenting approach is a bit obsessive. It’s ironic that it’s the approach adopted by those very same 70s kids.

  • HeathersFriend

    #9) Abortion

  • Clydicus

    Also – riding in the back bed of pickup trucks!

  • racknstack

    I love the mom out with her kids on the bikes with shorts up to her hoo-hoo-dilly and high heels.

  • cordycord

    Gawd I miss those days. 🙂

  • Barry Arlington

    Kind of left out quite a few like riding in the back of a pick up truck. or laying on the back seat of a car (Between the window and the seat. drinking out of a hose. or sharing a can of soda with the entire group. just to name a few…

  • saysomething

    Ha ha ha. Boy those were the days. Such memories. Especially about tanning with no protection. Of course, I’m now fighting stage 2B melanoma skin cancer. But good times everyone!

  • Shelly Price

    This world is getting TOO POLITICALLY CORRECT TO LIVE IN!! When a parent complains that “My child is so sad they lost a baseball game” the answer isn’t “Let’s NOT keep score” the answer is tell little Timmy “Shut the fuck up! Deal with it! Bummer, you didn’t win. Maybe put down the video game controller & practice throwing a ball!”

    • Glen H

      Wow, guess who’s not going to be getting visits in the old people’s home with that potty mouth!

  • Joel Montfort

    What about the tracer guns? They shot plastic disk that were quickly abandoned in favor of same sized pennies?

  • Prophetess Kerriann Campbell

    In the 1970’s parents were making their OWN sacrifices and teaching their children to do the same through the games they played etc. Now children are the SACRIFICES of the parents and so they don’t want to lose them to do so is to see their RICHES or would be Riches to be dead. The truth is many of the PARENTS today are the children of the 70’s so you should be asking these PARENTS what have make them to CHANGE from that child who is ready to learn for his/her own self to the ones who depend upon others to feed them what is not truth. Hugs

  • Keith Chadwick

    ‘Is that a huge pile of gravel next to the really busy road’, ‘yep’, ‘hell ya who’s up for king of the mountain’

  • Keith Chadwick

    This is all the more nostalgic as I am listening to a 70’s music radio station. I recommend do the same to get the full smile and effect!

  • Anoraks
  • Bongo Tau’Kat Talasko

    We once lobbed a Jart over the house and into the hood of my dad’s car. That required some explaining if I remember.

  • ishmael2009

    Anyone else remember a playground ride called “the witches hat”?

  • Jeremy Rawley

    Weren’t the dangers of tobacco already known before, during the ’60s?

  • RPW

    I remember crawling inverted on the underside of a cross arched junglegym at school, falling off flat on my back and getting the wind knocked out of me, I could not understand why I couldn’t get any air. The other kids and teachers just looked at me couriosly, some kids laughing and the teachers saying, “get up, your fine”.

  • lazypadawan

    Having grown up in the ’70s-80s, I can say this is all true! The only car seat I remember looked more like a booster seat from a restaurant, only not as sturdy. It was common to ride in adults’ laps, even in the front passenger seat. People smoked almost wherever they wanted and even in non-smoking sections of planes and restaurants, you can still smell the smoke. You only put on sunblock to prevent sunburn and the SPFs back then were pretty wimpy. There were no bike helmets or knee pads. I remember routinely getting flung out of my bicycle when my bell-bottomed pants got caught in the chain (an added hazard of the ’70s). Playgrounds were on hard asphalt, though some sandbox playgrounds existed. The swings, slides, merry go rounds, and monkey bars were metal, making for “happy” times when you played on them wearing shorts. If you fell down there was no soft padded thing to land on. Many of my classmates had broken arms, sprained ankles, BB pellet wounds, etc. though I managed to avoid severe injury.

    Things changed because no one wants to take time off from work to haul Junior to the hospital, health insurance is expensive, and lawsuits are even more expensive. Awareness about melanoma and UV rays changed attitudes toward letting kids run around without sun protection. Plastic is cheaper, easier to clean, doesn’t rust and doesn’t burn like metal does. Some well-publicized child murders/abductions in the ’80s ended the era of letting even small kids run around unsupervised. Second hand smoke became a public health hazard.

  • marion

    back then there weren’t 7 billion plus people in the world, many today are crazy. but this is pretty funny

  • nuudle

    Anyone catch the blonde in #5?? Hubba hubba…

  • nuudle

    Even though it’s hard to watch, we as parents have to allow our children to fall. If we don’t, how will they know how to get back up later in life??

  • Jerry G.

    I remember there was a toy pop-gun that shot darts with suction cups. The kids would target practice at the walls, or a picture on the wall. I knew of a girl who had permanent loss of vision from one of these toy guns. This was awful. There were kids who also had vision loss from a dart game because one of the crazy kids started throwing the darts at other kids!

    I had a 1868 Ford Galaxy 500. It originally did not come with seat belts. In 1970 I received a letter from Ford telling me to take the car to the dealer. They by law had to install seat belts in to this car. After they were installed, I don’t recall ever using them…

  • Brad Rodriguez

    I was five years old the first time I operated a Honda ATC 185 solo with my parents smoking and chugging beers and cheering me on. When I finished the ride, my mom tells me that I looked at her and said, “This has changed my life.” Ah the 70s 🙂

  • Amber Rose Valenzuela

    Number six really isn’t that bad. I send my kids out to play without going with them. There are boundaries to where they are allowed to be ie no leaving the apartment complex but I refuse to hover and solve every little problem that they may have. Kidnap and violence rates are actually lower than they were in the 70’s but we act as though they were not only higher but a significant threat which they aren’t. So I guess that’s my little soapbox speech and I’ll shut up now lol.

  • Leslie

    My parents divorced when I was in 5th grade and I became second in command. Mom worked nights tending bar and while we had a high school girl come and supervise dinner and baths, once we were in bed she went home and we (younger brother and I) were on our own until Mom came home around 3am. Eventually she took a day job and in the summer we “checked in” with a neighbor lady for lunch, and let her know if we were headed to the pool (we had passes to come and go at will) or a friends house. Other than that we were expected home around dinner time. By the time I was 17 my mom went on a 6 week trip to Europe with a friend (by then I had a toddler brother as well) and I was left in charge of the household. I had my drivers license and her check book, none of this was considered unusual, I guess? Today she would be in jail!

  • TheMeatballMan55

    Don’t forget Daisy and Crossman BB guns! If you were a real young man you got either a Daisy 880 or a Crossman 760 on your 11th birthday and then you actually went shooting it in the backyard or in the woods an the cops never bothered you or questioned it!!

  • Smoking or non in a restaurant? Either one. All we cared about was getting a table to eat. Lungs be damned. However, if we got hurt, we’d run home to mommy (only daddys worked), get it washed, stingy sprayed to keep out infection, a band-aid, and a generic warning to be more careful. Then back out we ran. That’s right. We went outdoors, alone, and our parents had no idea where we ever were. Nor cared. As long as we came home by dark, they were happy. A no show after dark meant you were seriously hurt, kidnapped, or in serious trouble for making mommy worry you were one of the first two. otherwise, what did they care? parents had lives. They did their own thing. Kids were outside, playing in the streets, exploring woods, etc. No parent cared. Be home when it gets dark. Dark is when bad things could happen. Nobody did nothing to a kid in broad daylight.
    Maybe your parents needed to make a 5 minute stop in a store. You stayed in an unlocked car, sitting in the front seat, pretending to drive. Don’t touch the gear shift or pedals. The steering wheel was fine, though it often locked, ruining the fun. Seatbelts? HA! I used to lie on top of the car back, right behind the backseats. While the car was driving. I’m still alive.

  • David Michael

    What a set of gams! #5.

  • jack33w

    Let’s don’t forget Vac-U-Form, Super Elastic Bubble Plastic, or Klackers.

  • Lisa O.

    let their fear be their guide

  • Tom J. Cassidy

    I remember them as “lawn darts.”

  • Mel Johansson

    “…and it was just fine.” Except, of course, for those kids for whom it was not “just fine.” Especially the no-seat-belt thing.

    • Guest

      No question bad things happened. Being stowed in your mom’s bicycle basket was a recipe for head trauma. I guess the point being made is whether we’ve gone too far in the other direction and worry too much….. food for thought anyway.

    • No question bad things happened. Being stowed in your mom’s bicycle basket was a recipe for head trauma. I guess the point being made is whether we’ve gone too far in the other direction and worry too much…. food for thought anyway.

    • Brian

      Plenty of kids in today’s world end up not “just fine” too. Stuff is gonna happen.

    • Jim Snyder

      At least we thinned out the herd the natural way back then. Some things were unfortunate, and some things happened because some kids were not that bright. Now that percentage non-bright ones make it to adulthood and are allowed to reproduce.

      • Jack Stone

        Natural way? My friend died from second hand smoke because his mom thought it was ok to smoke in the house.

        • FisherofTruth

          i am sure your friend died of a specific ailment. would be amazed if the cause was the mom’s smoke

      • Guest

        Well, if that’s the case, why is there so much complaining about how “stupid” kids are these days or about how it’s all the “stupid” people reproducing?

        • evianalmighty

          Public schools and liberalism.

    • Thinker45

      Here’s the thing to keep in mind: we have become a society of ‘no tolerance’ and what I mean by that is, we see these situations in black and white. Take seat belts. Sure, wearing your seat belt is safer than not. But, then again, not driving is the safest way to prevent getting hurt in a car accident, and hey, not leaving the house at all will prevent all sorts of possible harm.

      But that’s ridiculous, right? So what measure of ‘safer’ are we aiming for? A percentage? A number? Or, do we often default to this absolute, which is what I mean by no tolerance – we don’t tolerate the idea of any number being good at all.

      In 1975, about 20 people per 100,000 (or 44,000) died in auto accidents. In 2012, that was 10 people per 100,000 (34,000). The majority of seat belt laws came into effect in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but there’s no correlation in the peak of deaths in 1980, nor the recent drop, because until a few years ago, the percentages were much closer, around 15 out of 100,000.

      So we look at those numbers and think, ‘less deaths are better!’ and, true, it is, but the reality is that seat belts aren’t keeping us that much safer – for whatever value you want to place on ‘that’. And the drop in deaths are speculated to be more about cracking down on drunk driving, people driving less and better auto design, airbags and electronic alerting systems than seat belts.

  • AB

    sounds like my childhood, though I was born in the mid-80s. But my parents were definitely 70s children, so I’m sure they just did it the way their parents did.

  • Lacey W

    And yet we survived. My family had lawn darts and NOBODY ever got impaled. I played on playgrounds made of metal, and even brought wax paper to make you go faster down slides. No damage. Every July 4th we had our own fireworks and I still have all my fingers and toes.

    • Sally

      To get a sheet of waxed paper for the slide was stupendous fun! (I grew up in the 40s and 50s, much the same as the 70s, but even more so!) Would not trade it for the world!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        I’m with you,Sally. We also folded waxed paper over a comb to play music!

    • bayma

      I never heard of this and now my childhood seems like it was less fun.

    • NickRepublic

      Did not know about the wax paper. Worst thing that ever happened to me on a metal slide was the kid in front of me (who shall remain nameless) peed on himself going down the slide and well, once you started down, there was no going back up…eewww!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        Oh,man!

  • Chris Wienke

    This is awesome. I feel nostalgic. You forgot that we also all walked to school, even as kindergarteners

    • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

      I was on the Safety Patrol (remember that?). I stood on a corner ,by myself,for 10 mins before lunch and back on the corner for 10 mins before lunch ended.My corner was only 1 block from the school and 2 blocks from my house. I walked home,to an empty house,and made my own lunch. Yes, I even used the stove! I sat down and ate my lunch with Chief Halftown hosting the POPEYE cartoons. Then walked back to school.

      • J. Longstreet

        Great memory, Priscilla. I remember the safety patrol kids. And I remember walking home for lunch in Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade, too. I’d forgotten all about that. 🙂

      • Jeff Blanks

        They let you out of school for lunch? I don’t think mine would’ve let us do that. Was this an elementary school or a middle school?

        • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

          2nd through 6th grade.

      • Claudia Ritter

        I let my 7 year old heat up his own food on the stove and my dad (a Boomer) freaks out. Go figure.

        • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

          @ Claudia Ritter – I’m a little surprised that it’s not the other way around! When I walked home from school at lunchtime, I usually fried an egg or a “Chopette” on the stove! No one else was home – my mom was a teacher in a different school district than mine & my dad worked an hour away. And this was elementary school! I would never let a kid do that,now. Haha!

    • Walter Wall

      Yup, and the only one with us was our big brother/sister who would usually take off with their friends cause they didn’t want you hangin with them!!!

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        Hahaha! That’s the truth!

    • Miranda Mattingly Grim

      My boys walked to school from 2nd grade on! One is in middle school is and one is a freshman. But to be fair, our school is literally a block and a half away and there’s a dedicated walkway leading all the way to the door of the school from our outermost neighborhood street…no busy streets to get across. We are just lucky we have that. Any further or with a busier street to cross and I may not have.

    • Rosey P

      Thanks for steering this right back to the original subject!!! Ahh, the humor and idiocracy in comment boards. Lame reality shows for those who prefer to read it and not watch it.

  • Chris Dedrickson

    kids today are waaay too sheltered and protected! they are not allowed to be kids. just clean up the blood when you’re done was a familiar response to some of our activities. and it is good to eat a little dirt, it strengthens your immune system to be exposed to germs and grime. i was born in ’69 and remember every one of these and am sad to see the way things are now.

    • robingee

      I agree that slathering a kid with Purell every five minutes harms more than helps, there are plenty of “kids being kids” these days. I see them whipping by on a skateboard with no protective gear and climbing trees in the backyard.

      We’ll be fine.

      • lucascott

        i see nothing wrong with making a kid wear a helmet when biking etc. but yeah the whole Purell etc is way much

    • Brian Katcher

      Darn kids and their be bop music! Back in my day, we knew the value of a dollar! And knew how to respect our elders, dad gum it! Face it Chris, we’re getting old.

      • Priscilla Engelhard Wille

        And,where did we hear those words before? LOL