Since times change, it’s obvious that our parenting ways change with them…

With times changing rapidly, many actions that were previously normalised are now considered strange (or even illegal). In a world of political correctness and over-sensitivity, we must always exercise caution when in public. However, not all things have changed for the worst…

Let’s look at seven things that our parents found acceptable, but society now frowns upon:

1. Washing children’s mouths out with soap when they swear

Believe it or not, this was a common practice in the mid-20th century. Most parents used this punishment when a child spoke profanities, smoked cigarettes, or verbally disrespected the parents. However, these days, society considers this action abusive.

2. Giving babies bourbon to help with teething pain

I’m sure we all know that giving alcohol to children is not only illegal but also dangerous to their health. However, many parents used this remedy not so long ago. Parents would rub bourbon on their children’s gums to numb the pain caused by teething. While it might have worked before, it’s now considered inappropriate behaviour – and can result in criminal charges.

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In our society, even the mere threat of hitting a child can cause serious troubles for the parents

3. Letting babies cry for hours on end

While multiple parenting books still recommend this practice, most parents consider the “cry it out method” inhumane. After all, not many adults can even endure hearing their babies cry their lungs out. Moreover, experts speculate that it carries several health threats.

4. Letting kids wander wherever they want

Most parents didn’t see a problem with letting children roam the neighbourhood alone. However, most people no longer allow children these freedoms. To be fair, it’s understandable considering rising crime levels and dangers hiding in plain sight.

5. Letting kids stay home on their own

Before, children as young as five years old stayed alone while parents worked. Perhaps parents didn’t know better or couldn’t afford childcare But today, even the thought of leaving such a young child at home alone terrifies most parents.

6. Threatening children with physical punishment

In our society, even the mere threat of hitting a child can cause serious trouble for the parents. However, back in the day, this was not the case. Even though many parents never actually hit their children, they used this simple threat to get them to behave.

7. Sending children to buy cigarettes or alcohol

Personally, this one seems to be the worst. Children should never buy tobacco or alcohol for their parents. Even though it’s illegal to sell these substances to minors in most countries, many small shop owners would bend that rule back in the day. Especially if they knew the parents or the neighbourhood was a tight community.