From time immemorial, people have longed for the past. "Things were simpler," they sigh into the wistful haze. Of course, nostalgia depends on that wistful haze, forgetfulness, and, a tremendous amount of privilege. (You don't hear too many non-white people wax poetic about the beauty and gentility of the antebellum American South, for example). Lately, I feel, it's the '60s. Maybe it's the fact that newly-minted senior citizens came of age then, or the lingering allure of Mad Men. Whatever the reason: I'm game. Let's talk about things parents did in the '60s we should bring back. Immediately.
Did you know that before the 1950s, "parent" was not a verb? (Neither was "parenting.") I'm sure we can get into the weeds of why, but my theory is that having kids was just expected of pretty much everyone, so the idea of "parenting" as anything other than the natural progression of "what people do" would have been absurd before then. In the '60s, the term still wasn't widely used or popular outside of sociological/education circles. So it stands to reason that parents of the '60s didn't see the things they did as being specifically about "parenting" so much as "things you do because you're a human being and that's just what human beings do."
And oh, the things they did, folks! I can't wait to get back to the good old days when parents could: