I was born in the '70s to kinda-hippie parents who married and had kids relatively young. My mom was a 20-year-old bride and gave birth to me when she was 25, barely out of childhood herself. That was typical for their generation, though, as was a certain lackadaisical approach to child rearing. So honestly, it's not surprising that there were things parents did in the ‘70s that no parent would do today. In fact, I think it's a damn miracle my brother and I survived.
My parents didn’t have the plethora of parenting resources that I have today. Maybe that was a good thing, though. I mean, there weren’t so many different options to choose from in terms of feeding, sleeping, and disciplining your kids; back then, you just did what your own parents did (unless you had a toxic parent, in which case you tried to do absolutely everything differently than how you were raised). My parents lived a few blocks from my mother’s family, so everything my mom knows about motherhood she basically learned from her own mom (a parent in the ‘40s and ‘50s). Now I turn to social media and the hundreds of sites, like Romper, to seek necessary guidance, shamelessly commiserate, and glean info in regard to raising my children.
While I do live across the street from my own parents, I don’t actually spend that much time with them (I'm a full-time working mom, so don't judge) so I’m more reliant on virtual parenting culture than I am on a real one. So for better, but mostly for worse, parents a generation ago subscribed to a more hands-off style of bringing up kids. Here are some things my parents did in the ‘70s that I, as a parent, would never do today: